GoDaddy, one of the largest domain name registration and website hosting companies in the world experienced an outage that affected millions.
Starting around 1pm EST, GoDaddy customers began experiencing issues. However, the issues have not been limited to just web hosting customers. Some of our own web clients have reported an inability to access email or their website even though neither are hosted with GoDaddy. Their domain, however, is registered with GoDaddy and is unable to resolve to their correct email and web servers. Domain resolving is when you attempt to access a website on your computer and your internet service provider (ISP) attempts to "resolve" the domain by contacting the domains registrar company and finding out where that domains servers are located. Every ISP stores that information locally and regularly updates that information, so some clients may be able to access your site or email even if you can't (assuming it is not hosted with GoDaddy).