Some of the best known technology blogs on the web, and not only technology, including TechCrunch.com, GigaOM.com and the Technologizer.com, were offline for almost two hours (110 min) yesterday because of an outage at WordPress.com, the blog hosting service and platform, according to Telegraph report.
The technical problem took more than 10 million blogs offline for 110 minutes and cost them an estimated 5.5 million page views. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic, which owns WordPress.com, said the outage was caused by a server problem.
Matt Mullenweg wrote in his blog post: “It appears an unscheduled change to a core router by one of our datacenter providers messed up our network in a way that we haven’t experienced before and broke the site.” He said he would work on a plan for preventing similar problems in future and ensuring that the service would recover “more gracefully next time”. He said WordPress.com hasn’t faced a problem of this scale in four years.
note: WordPress.com is the hosted side of WordPress, which is the most popular blog publishing platform today. The company also produces an open-source version of WordPress which anyone can use to host a blog on their own server. Many companies, including TheBlogIsMine dot Com, host their own WordPress blogs, which were unaffected by yesterday’s outage. [via Telegraph]