Why, When GoDaddy Goes Down, Your Site May Go Down Too

Websites (and email accounts) hosted with, and / or mapped to URLS registered with, GoDaddy were down today!

If you haven’t see it, you’ll likely read that GoDaddy was down today. Per Mashable & CNN, “The more problematic part is that any domain registered with GoDaddy that uses its nameservers and DNS records are also down. That means that even if you host your site elsewhere, using GoDaddy for DNS means it is inaccessible.”

Twitter Search for ‘GoDaddy’ Monday 09*10*12 @ 1:35 PM

Results For GoDaddy Search On Twitter

Obviously, the entire Internet wasn’t down, but if your site was this may explain why:

GoDaddy is a registrar, meaning they manage the ownership of URLs, or Domain names, for their clients. If you use GoDaddy, they’re responsible for maintaining your domain name, or URL. This is so that no one else can interfere with the ownership of your domain AND also so that a browser can follow a map to your website.

So why was your site (and maybe email) down?

It’s because a registrar maps or tells the Internet what ‘Server IP Address’ a website exists at, and points your domain to it. If GoDaddy goes down [even if you’re not hosting with them], the map breaks, so that mapped connection between the domain registrar and your website’s server breaks.

It’s likely temporary, this post being evidence because we are up to write it… but important to explain. And while we do not host any site on GoDaddy, we do own the domain KineticKnowledge.com with GoDaddy.

In any event, any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask.