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For the over 10 million bloggers on the WordPress platform, exciting times never seem to end. The largest self-hosted blogging platform in the World had just beaten all its rivals by announcing the upgrade of its mobile application for the iPhone and the introduction of mobile apps for the Android and Blackberrry. Proud WordPress bloggers would now be able to write posts (save drafts or publish right away), moderate comments, blog photos from their mobile phones (and video on Blackberry!).

Download WordPress mobile applications for your Platform here.

Unfortunately the excitement generated by the launch of these mobile applications was soon to be replaced by fear and uncertainty as a core router change at one of the oprganisation’s data centre providers (on 18 February) caused network problems which knocked over 10 million WordPress blogs offline in a two hour outage resulting in the loss of about 5.5 million page-views.

However, Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress.com attempted to calm bloggers by releasing a quick statement that although this event was WordPress’s “worst downtime in four years..it will be much longer than four years before we face a problem like this again”. He also stressed that this was not a security breach and WordPress.com had not been hacked or hit by a denial of service attack.

Talking Point

This is a reminder to bloggers that no Web hosting or application platform is exempt from mishaps. If it happens to WordPress, it can happen to anyone. Thankfully the network bug did not result in any loss of data on the part of bloggers, however, the importance of making back-up a priority cannot be over-emphasised.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. CouponWebz

    February 20, 2010 at 2:07 am

    5.5 million page-views lost? ouch! Well, Let’s still consider ourselves lucky since even if it’s the words downtime in 4 years, it’s still only 2 hours. Imagine the loss if it lasted for like a day.

    • Admin

      February 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      @couponwebz – that’s further evidence that nothing is 100% sure proof on the Web which I find slightly worrying.

  2. Domain name registration

    April 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    WordPress is the best blog platform in he world. The new mobile applications will help blogger a lot with reply to comment…

  3. Computers Smart Phones Technology

    July 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    This will make blogging very easy from iPhone and bloggers dont need to look for system before posting articles, reply comment and update the blog from time to time.

  4. IT Support London

    September 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I had no idea that WordPress was so huge! I see a lot of people using it and enjoying it, as well as recommending it and discussing it but I still didn’t know there was such a large number of people on it. I’m swaying between sticking with 1and1 and moving over to WordPress right now myself.

  5. Dan IT consultant London

    March 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Its a shame wordpress is plagued with exploits every time they release a new version

  6. Marc Rasmussen

    August 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    It’s very critical to backup your WordPress site files for situations where something goes wrong with the site. I certainly had my share of pain when I didn’t backup WordPress website files. I tried to tweak my template attempting to get fancy with ad sharing and rotating ads. I broke my site and could not fix it. There, lesson learned.

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