WordPress.com Goes Down, Takes Millions of Blogs With It

WordPress.com and the millions of blogs hosted by it have gone down for currently unknown reasons. Not only are blogs hosted on WordPress.com down, but WordPress VIP blogs, including TechCrunch.com, GigaOM.com, Anderson Cooper’s CNN Blog and the Technologizer.com, are out of commission as well, according to Mashable.com report.

WordPress.com and the millions of blogs hosted by it have gone down for currently unknown reasons. Not only are blogs hosted on WordPress.com down, but WordPress VIP blogs, including TechCrunch.com, GigaOM.com, Anderson Cooper’s CNN Blog and the Technologizer.com, are out of commission as well, according to Mashable.com report.

WordPress.com also experienced extended downtime back in February. However, Automattic’s founder Matt Mullenweg’s personal website ma.tt was still online along with other Automattic websites: WordPress.org;  bbPress.org; BuddyPress.org; Gravatar.com; PollDaddy.com

Millions of blogs and other websites had such a message today: “WordPress.com will be back in a minute!” or “Oopsie. We detected a problem. Don’t worry: we’re fixing it right now!”

WordPress.org software installations on private servers were not affected by the outage. Domain name registrar GoDaddy was attacked with malware on Tuesday (June 8) which infected a number of WordPress installations hosted on them. Today’s problem at WordPress.com was not a security issue according to founder Mullenweg.

Update #1: An official message from WordPress.com states, ‘We are working on restoring WordPress.com as quickly as possible.”

Update #2: From WordPress.com Twitter account, “We’ve isolated the issue on WordPress.com, and we are working on a fix.”

Update #3: From Mullenweg on Twitter, “The vast majority of blogs are back up, bringing up the rest over the next few minutes after we verify them. There were/are no security issues, it was an internally-created bug.”

Update #4: From WordPress.com Twitter account, “We’re focused on blogs right now — the ones still down, then home page, then stats, in that order.”

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 blogs, including TheBlogIsMine.com, host their own WordPress blogs, which were unaffected by today’s outage. [via Mashable and Hawaii247]

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