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Down or Not

Website Performance Monitor


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Published 10/12/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Down Or Not is an online tool that allows individuals to see whether or not a specific website is currently online. The site is ideal for website owners that want to test their websites. The user can select from a list of popular search terms posted on the homepage or enter their own URL. After submitting the information, a line of text appears with the URL stating whether or not it is currently up or down.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Down or Not is powered by WatchMouse, a website and application performance monitoring company that was founded in February of 2002. In the years that followed, WatchMouse has grown significantly. Today, the company includes over 50 worldwide remote monitoring stations as well as a global network spanning 26 countries. Down or Not is just one of the many products that fall under the WatchMouse site monitoring umbrella.

What are the differences to other apps?

The service offered by Down or Not is not terribly remarkable, many other sites offer a similar functionality. However, the site is very basic which helps users to check sites quickly and efficiently. A listing of popular search terms are also included on the homepage which can help users check up on the sites they frequent to see if there is a problem. Overall, Down or Not offers a service that many others do, but does so in a way that is fast, efficient and very simple.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Down or Not website keeps everything very simple. A soft colored background is accented by the red and green logo. A cute mouse denotes the parent company, WatchMouse, on the homepage. Down or Not gets right to the point, giving users immediate access to the main attraction: the URL entry field to determine whether or not a site is accessible. A random listing of popular search terms appears at the bottom, which doesn’t really do much as far as aesthetics goes, but does make it easy for users that want to search using one of the terms listed.

How does the registration process work?

Down or Not offers a very watered down service. There are not many other features available on the site. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for some, it also means there is no real need to create an account. Down or Not does not currently offer any kind of registration or sign up option for users. Anyone can stop by the site and do a search or utilize the available search terms without logging in.

What does it cost to use the application?

Down or Not is a simple site that can be very helpful, but not unless the user wants to know if a site is currently available. There is little else to do and really no features that would warrant a premium membership. That being said, Down or Not does not require any kind of registration and so, no payment is requested, either. Unless the site adds more features, it seems that this will remain the case.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who has their own website can appreciate the functionality of Down or Not. Other users that want to check up on their favorite websites can also use the site to verify accessibility. Few others would find much use out of Down or Not. The site is based entirely on the need to find out whether a site is accessible or down.

  • Check a specific website to find out if it is currently available
  • Click on a popular search term for quick access to results
  • Follow the mouse icon to other WatchMouse products
  • Get results quickly without creating an account
  • Verify site access without wading through advertisements or paying fees


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