Yes, looks like BitShares API node we were using is having problems. We've swapped to a different one, so it should work now.

Yes, thanks. I managed to create my account. But the trading charts are taking forever to load. Nodes still lagging a bit maybe...?

The trading page uses a different node than the one used by the faucet for free account creation. But the first time the site can take a while to load if you end up connected to a slow node. BitShares uses a pool of API nodes provided by BitShares witnesses and others.

Is the normal site working? Login page is not working, keeps returning a 404 error page, as in it's a text line.

Yes, looks like a problem with new update we just did today. Thanks for reporting.