Until a few minutes ago, Steemit.com was not available and many of you probably saw the following error:
504 Gateway error.
While Steemit.com at that time couldn't be accessed, the blockchain was still alive and well. Only the server behind Steemit.com called
api.steemit.com that communicates with the blockchain was not responsive.
However, this fact shouldn't prevent you from browsing and interacting with your favourite social-media platform as there is an alternative to Steemit.com - just as good, called: Steemitstage.com
What is steemitstage.com?
There is, of course, another testing environment before Steemitstage.com, which is used to test changes which are not yet safe for the general public or could break.
With that said: be very careful when using 3rd party Steem websites. Not every site is free of danger and there were a few cases where people spun up copies of Steemit.com just to get your private-keys!
And if you have a program which relies on
api.steemit.com to communicate with the blockchain, then fear not:
You can simply use
api.steemitstage.com. But be aware of possible problems that could arise at any time due to the nature of code-updates.
I hope this post helped to clarify the recent errors and gave you a better understanding of how Steemit.com works and what you can do if it's down.
And don't forget: Never stop steemin'!
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