We often see that some of our clients report that they are not able to access one of their websites, while everyone else outside of their company network could. If you’ve ever experienced this same problem, you’ve probably pulled out your hair, fighting with the customer support personnel , probably getting nowhere (because truth be told, most of them don’t really know what they are doing beyond what they were trained to do).
A Solution To Your Website Viewing IssueIf you’re having this problem and white-listing your public IP address doesn’t help, then the problem has nothing to do with the server settings your website is hosted on. The problem most likely lies with the name servers owned by your internet service provider. When an internet service provider’s nameservers aren’t resolving IP addresses to their respective host names, this prevents you from seeing your website. To fix this issue, simply following the steps outlined below:
- Click your “Start” menu (Windows Orb on the taskbar of Windows 7 & Vista).
- Select Control Panel.
- Double-Click Network & Sharing Center or Network Connections Icon.
- Click to Open “Local Area Connection”
- Click “Properties”
- Choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4), then click “Properties”
- Click the radio button that says “Use the following DNS server addresses” and type in one of the below listed IP addresses in the “Preferred DNS Server” and “Alternate DNS Server” fields.
- Click the OK button, the close all of the open windows.
- Click on your “Start Menu” again.
- Click “Run” on Windows Vista or earlier, or type the following into the search field in Windows 7.
- Type cmd & hit the enter key.
- Type ipconfig /flushdns
- When it says that your DNS has been successfully flushed, close the window.
- You should be able to access your website via your preferred internet browser.
List of Available DNS IP AddressesYou can use any of these available IP addresses you want. It doesn’t matter who your internet service provider is. I’d recommend OpenDNS over any of the others. OpenDNS