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Nathan F.
Nathan F.
30,773 Points

My friend can see my website, but I can't.

Not sure what's going on here, and hoping someone can help me resolve this issue. I registered my domain with NameCheap and bought hosting with HostGator. I pointed my domain over to HostGator by using the provided name servers. I realize it can take 24 hours to get in order, but I went to get other things in order--setting up Google Webmaster Tools and that good stuff.

That's when I noticed something curious--Webmaster Tools shows a preview of my site as it should be, but visiting the site in my browser gives me the message that the domain has recently been registered with NameCheap.

I cleared my cache--still NameCheap's message. I tried Chrome and Firefox--still NameCheap.

I asked a friend to look at the site and tell me what they see, and they see my website. But I don't.

Any idea?

If you'd like to take a look for yourself, my domain is www.nfulkerson.com . Don't expect anything too impressive just yet, it still resembles something a lot like SmellsLikeBakin.

Thanks for your help in advance!

4 Answers

I am able to view your website as well... I would try deleting cookies

Site looks great...One thing I like to do is set my (a href's) links to target="_blank" so that when you click on a link it takes you out of the current website into the new one with a new tab...makes people stay on your site for longer which is beneficial

Nathan F.
Nathan F.
30,773 Points

Tried deleting cookies and had no luck. However, I just changed my personal network's DNS settings to Google's and now I can see the website. Very strange. That resolves the issue for me, but I wonder why that would apply to every computer on my home network?

As for your other suggestions, I'll take that into account and make that change, particularly for my social network accounts. Just because they want to check out my Twitter doesn't necessarily mean they want to leave my site, after all... (I hope).

Thanks for your help.

If anyone knows why my network settings would have anything to do with it, I'd appreciate further input!

Glad you were able to figure it out!

Alexander Sobieski
Alexander Sobieski
6,555 Points

I've had that happen several times... it's frustrating.

I have found that your ISP will cache the site too.

For Example: Comcast keeps a cached copy of a site and will serve it to you, to help save bandwidth durring the heavy times... I asume?

One way around that is to try with a service like ZEND2.com -- since it's a proxy server, it's going to your site from another location. It's one of my go-to troubleshooting tips when it looks like a site isn't loading (or isn't loading recent changes)