WordPress.com goes down for two hours, takes 10.2 million blogs with it

TheNextWeb reports that WordPress.com was down for two hours on Thursday, affecting 10.2 million hosted blogs.

High profile hosted blogs including TechCrunch, GigaOMCNN blogs, Redhat and Fail Blog, were all inaccessible for nearly two hours. WordPress officials were aware of the issues and worked to bring the blogs back online. 

Matt Mullenweg, co-founding developer at WordPress, confirmed the outage in a blog post summarising the issues, Mullenweg said the downtime was the worst the company had experienced in four years. He estimated that it had deprived the affected blogs "of about 5.5 million pageviews."

According to Mullenweg: "an unscheduled change to a core router by one of our datacenter providers messed up our network in a way we haven’t experienced before, and broke the site. It also broke all the mechanisms for failover between our locations in San Antonio and Chicago. All of your data was safe and secure, we just couldn’t serve it."

WordPress is an open source blog publishing application that utilises PHP and MySQL. The service has seen an extraordinary rise in popularity since its introduction in 2003. According to statistics in September 2009, WordPress is being used by 202 million websites worldwide. Quantcast stats show that around 220 million people visit one or more WordPress.com blogs every month, and they view over a billion pages on those blogs.

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This was probaly a major blow. Wordpress.com is poplular but I can't find really good blogs their on a particular topic.

Glad that I only have wordpress.com accounts to secure my usernames versus utilizing the service itself.

Having my own servers to host my own blog, ftw! :)

Well that's why I changed from Wordpress.com to a self-hosted blog. In fact it was to have the ability to personalise more stuff. Wordpress.com is an excellent service. I'd just love to be able to change more stuff without buying Premium features (or that you could pay say... 10$ a year and have all those features).

why do large websites like techcrunch not just rent a server to host their wordpress blog on? I don't understand company blogs being hosted on wordpress, engadget and perezhilton used to go down at the same time.

torrentthief said,
why do large websites like techcrunch not just rent a server to host their wordpress blog on? I don't understand company blogs being hosted on wordpress, engadget and perezhilton used to go down at the same time.
Cost, perhaps. It's essentially outsourcing, I assume because they don't want it to be a core part of their structure/resource spending.

torrentthief said,
why do large websites like techcrunch not just rent a server to host their wordpress blog on? I don't understand company blogs being hosted on wordpress, engadget and perezhilton used to go down at the same time.

AFAIK Techcrunch recently moved to wordpress... I think they had their own hosting before that.

It's funny and sad how something as trivial as a blog depends on a site like that. You'd think those little journal things would be dependent on the site hosting them, not one centralized site like WP.com. Guess that proves how much I know about blogs; I thought WP was a downloadable program. ;)

bjoswald said,
It's funny and sad how something as trivial as a blog depends on a site like that. You'd think those little journal things would be dependent on the site hosting them, not one centralized site like WP.com. Guess that proves how much I know about blogs; I thought WP was a downloadable program. ;)
It's basically both You can choose.

Its both, WordPress is a PHP CMS/Blogging suite that you can use in two ways. In its most basic form, you can go to WordPress.com, create a (currently inaccessible) account, and start blogging straight away. Alternatively, you can download and install the WordPress code onto your own website, configure it, and run the whole thing from your own website (which is what I do).

It takes a bit more configuration, but I feel that its worth it to host it on your own website, and I guess this proves it :P

You just need to disable plugins. Seeing as you're probably not able to get to wp-admin, you can do this by renaming <blog_root>/wp-content/plugins to plugins.disabled, and accessing wp-admin again - this time it'll give you a list of all the plugins its disabled because they're not found anymore. Save that list..

once wordpress is back up, rename plugins.disabled back to plugins and renable the ones it disabled.

Simples.

Razor_D said,
You just need to disable plugins. Seeing as you're probably not able to get to wp-admin, you can do this by renaming <blog_root>/wp-content/plugins to plugins.disabled, and accessing wp-admin again - this time it'll give you a list of all the plugins its disabled because they're not found anymore. Save that list..

once wordpress is back up, rename plugins.disabled back to plugins and renable the ones it disabled.

Simples.


I'm not sure you can do that, at least not without using a $20/month "premium" FTP upgrade or something.

:: Lyon :: said,
Luckily I put my Wordpress blog on my own domain at another web hosting :D

Me too. GuildCom uses WordPress for the site itself, but we host it elsewhere. :D

Avogadro said,
Yes make sure to host it in such a way that if one thing breaks everything breaks with it. Brilliant !
It is odd to have what seems on the surface to be a single point of failure - it will be interesting to see what happened.

Sean Bradford said,
People still blog?

The current generation of blogs are more like a portal + news rather to countless comments about a guy that talk about their own petty life. Most of those guys that like to talk about them-self are turned to Twitter.

Edited by Brony, Feb 19 2010, 12:42am :

Sean Bradford said,
People still blog?

Yes, we do. After all, it is much better than spitting 140 characters into a "timeline".

TSO said,
Good riddance, out of those 9.2million blogs you'll find only 10 of those worth visiting anyway.
So, not good riddance to those 10, eh?

Kirkburn said,
So, not good riddance to those 10, eh?
If loosing 10 mediocre blogs is what it takes to lose the other 9.2 something million lame ones, then I'd say its worth it.

TSO said,
If loosing 10 mediocre blogs is what it takes to lose the other 9.2 something million lame ones, then I'd say its worth it.
So much hate for something that doesn't affect you.

Kirkburn said,
So much hate for something that doesn't affect you.
Who's hating? If you don't like my opinion, don't reply to it. Simple.

TSO said,
Who's hating? If you don't like my opinion, don't reply to it. Simple.
Eh? This is a forum, right? You're dismissing 10 million blogs as worthless, which is just silly.

TSO said,
Who's hating? If you don't like my opinion, don't reply to it. Simple.
Eh? This is a forum, right? You're dismissing 10 million blogs as worthless, which is just silly.