GeorgeWBush.com Reopens to Rest of World

The GeorgeWBush.com web site is again accessible to web users outside the United States and Canada, with access having been restored on Saturday. The official campaign site for Bush's election campaign began restricting access on Oct. 25, citing unspecified security concerns. Bush defeated John Kerry in the U.S. vote Nov. 2, but the site restrictions continued for another five days beyond the election.

Georgewbush.com web site performance

A dynamically updating chart of site performance for GeorgeWBush.com is available here.

Netcraft monitors web site response times from seven locations, including four within the United States and three in other countries. Beginning Oct. 25, requests to GeorgeWBush.com from stations in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Australia failed, while the four U.S. monitoring stations show no performance problems. Web users in Canada reported being able to visit the site. As of Saturday, Nov. 6, all stations but Sydney were reporting normal performance.

The GeorgeWBush.com site is hosted at SmarTech Corporation, and was using Akamai's EdgeScape service, which allows web sites to customize content - or exclude visitors - according to geography. Criteria for geography-based content are set by the customer, and implemented by Akamai's network.