[ Fixed ] – A Particular Website Does Not Open In Any Browser

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on April 4, 2009



It so happened to today that due to some issues with one of my websites, I had to get it moved from some server to another. After the moving of server was complete, I was not able to open the website. The website was opening on other computers, but only on my computer, it was redirecting to some temporary move page.


Clearly this problem is related with my computer. There can be three different reasons for the problem. So in this post I will share how I fixed the trouble.


I will share all three possible reasons and their solutions below:


Problem with DNS Server


In most of the cases when a website is not opening, the culprit can be wrong address returned by slow or sluggish DNS servers. So if you are facing problems with opening websites, see this tutorial to Update DNS Servers to open websites fast and without problems.


Problem With Hosts File


Host File is a simple and effective way of blocking websites. This is used (sometimes misused by viruses) to set a particular website to point to a blank or invalid address so it will never open. To solve this problem, see out tutorial on Fixing Host File When Websites Not Opening.


Outdated DNS Cache


Outdated or Obsolete DNS cache is the problem which I faced today. We have not written about this before, so I will give you steps on how to fix this problem.



Before this I want to tell you what is the problem. DNS cache is a small memory or table which every computer maintains. It will remember some of the website’s addressed in its DNS cache. So if a website is being moved or redirecting, and your computer has memorized that temporary address, it will keep opening that temporary page even if the website is up and running.


To solve this, you need to clear the DNS cache so that it clears all the outdated addresses it had stored. To do it follow these simple steps:

1. Press “Window Key + R” or Go to Start > Run, to launch “Run Prompt”. Type “cmd” and press ok to launch command prompt.


2. On Command Prompt, type “ipconfig /flushdns” and press enter. This will clear the obsolete DNS cache and websites will start opening from their correct address.


That is it. Simple, isn’t it? Please leave your suggestions and comments below.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry Hollett April 6, 2009 at 1:43 am

I’ve been asked to fix similar problems on other people’s computers. Sometimes just clearing out the cache files will clear up this problem. One woman couldn’t log onto facebook – clearing the cache solved the problem.

DAN May 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm

tried this with windows vista + get “requested operation requires elevation” message …. explain please..

ivor May 17, 2009 at 4:44 am

tried this and like dan i got requested operation requires evelation message.
is windows vista using a different operation or something
thanks ivor

Saransh December 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I tried all the above stated solutions for a site not opening but still i am unable to open my site.
please help me in this i tried almost everything.

Rohit December 7, 2010 at 11:39 am
yayati July 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

thanx friend
it really worked for me

ek ajnabi September 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

i have a problem …. all web site is poening ….. bt facebook & gmail account is not opening … only show a message This webpage is not available. i did try ur dns idea means control panel -network – Open DNS servers:,
AT&T DNS servers:,
Spectranet DNS servers:, how will solve this problem ?

ahtisham November 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

why facebook is not opening

snayak March 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting ‘)’ in /homez.307/ambafrang/www/maq2011/squelettes-maquette/lang/local_en.php on line 98

I could not open the website in my computer…
where is the problem…
I am getting parse error: ….
as shown above…
Please suggest how to rectify…it

Rupam April 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

those flush dns really work…. thanx u ………

Sunil Tinani July 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Thanks. The FlushDNS thing worked for me.

Dam December 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Flushing works… 😛
BTW Thanks…:-)

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