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WordPress.com Goes Down Again, Affecting More Than 10 Million Blogs

WordPress.com Goes Down Again, Affecting More Than 10 Million Blogs

by Brad MerrillJune 10, 2010

Well, that sucked.  If you tried to access United Tech Guys within the last hour, you probably noticed it wasn’t working at all.  We’re not happy.  Instead of the UTG homepage, you were greeted by their cheery message, “WordPress.com will be back in a minute!” Had we written the message, it wouldn’t have been family-friendly.

The cause is still unknown.  More than 10 million blogs are hosted on WordPress.com, and as far as we know, all 10 million+ blogs were affected by the outage.

WordPress.com is famous for having the best uptime in the industry, but they’re not having a good year.  Just a few months ago, WordPress.com suffered the worst downtime they’ve suffered in four years.  Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, wrote on the company’s blog that he expected that “it will be much longer than four years before we face a problem like this again.”  It hasn’t even been four months.

We’re not happy, WordPress.

We are awaiting further information, likely to come from the official WordPress.com blog.

Update: Matt Mullenweg responded to TechCrunch’s coverage of this story:

As you’ve noticed, we’ve brought the vast majority of blogs back, including yours. We’re currently working on bringing back the rest (including GigaOM), we have to verify their options data first, then the home page, then stats. However if you’re back already like TC is everything should work as normal.

The cause of the outage was a very unfortunate code change that overwrote some key options in the options table for a number of blogs.

Mike and team at TC: you guys have jinxed us, but we still love you. These past two rapid-fire incidents have been cringe-worthy and painful, and I’m sorry they both happened shortly after your switch to VIP.

Update: We were back up long enough to publish this post, and then we, along with TechCrunch and God knows how many others, were down again.  Please bear with us as our hosting company regains competence.

Update: And yet a third outage.  That was fun.  This is disappointing.  Still nothing on the official blog.

Update: Looks like the official blog is down again, so I think as soon as I update this post I’m gonna lose UTG again.  Ugh.

Update: Looks like everything should be fine at this point.  Despite how much this situation has sucked, I am impressed with how well WordPress got us hooked up again, without too much time passing.

About The Author
Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.
  • While this does suck, every host has their issues, life moves on I guess. UTG is live now!

    • Yes, I suppose our expectations are higher when the host has a reputation like WordPress.