Try Again, Firefox Add-On To Automatically Reconnet To Unresponsive Websites - gHacks Tech News

Try Again, Firefox Add-On To Automatically Reconnet To Unresponsive Websites

When you work long hours on the Internet, either for business or pleasure, you will eventually come upon a web page that is not loading properly.

Reasons for this behavior are manifold, from routing problems to server outages or increased loads on the server.

A simple reload of the website is often all that it takes to load the page properly.

That's a manual process though since web browsers do not offer automatic reconnects to websites that are not loading properly.

You can press F5 or click the reload button to retry loading the page when the unable to connect page shows up. Experienced users may use Shift-F5 instead as it bypasses the browser cache and requests all files from the website again from the server it is hosted on.

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Enter Try Again, a Firefox add-on that automates the reconnection attempts to temporarily unavailable websites.

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The add-on is pre-configured to retry the connection a maximum of five times with four second pauses in between reconnection attempts. The number of retries and the pause time between retries are configured in the add-on's options.

But Try Again offers additional options besides the ability to reconnect to unresponsive websites automatically.

It displays options to check the website with the popular "Down for everyone or just me" and "uptime auditor" services. Both services try to establish a connection to the website in question and report the findings back to the Firefox user. Try Again suggests using a web proxy if the connection problem is local.

This can be useful in determining whether it is a local or ISP issue, or a issue that other Internet users are experiencing as well.

The add-on furthermore links to the Google Cache and Wayback Archive, which often store cached copies of the web page so that it can be accessed through those services.

Try Again is in many regards similar to the previously reviewed Fierr add-on, with the exception that it supports multiple reloads and timeout settings.

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  1. aftermath said on November 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm
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    This add-on is a great resource. In combination with the “Resurrect Pages” add-on, which makes it possible for you to (potentially) visit cached copies of the website from popular sources like Google in the case that it’s the website having problems and not your own connectivity, I now rarely worry about running into error messages when accessing websites.

  2. קידום אתרים בגוגל said on November 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm
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    Should think about this

  3. Paul(us) said on November 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm
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    Hoi Martin, Nice find. I have a question about this add-on namely do you thinks it works side by side with the add-on NoRedirect 1.2.4?

    1. Martin said on November 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm
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      No idea Paulus, sorry, you may need to test it yourself.

  4. Paul(us) said on November 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm
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    Sorry Martin, That i waisted your time with NoRedirect i was trying to write to you that the FireFox add-on ErrorZilla Plus 0.8.1 gives the user not only all the possibility’s from try again but also:
    -Google Cache (view the page cached by Google)
    – Coralize (use Coral CDN proxy to connect again)
    – Wayback (view an earlier version of this page)
    – Ping (use a server to ping the target server)
    – Trace (trace the network route from you to the server)
    – Whois (look up who owns the website)
    – Proxify (use your custom web proxy to connect)

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5398/

  5. Thomas said on November 9, 2010 at 10:54 am
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    Very handy add on, use it since years. Don’t wanted to manually reload, since I browse a lot with new background tabs. Then when switching to the background tab to read on, and the page didn’t load properly, i was stressed all the time.

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