WordPress, the leading blog platform, suffered a major outage at around 21.40 GMT today taking around 10 million blogs with it. Twitter has been awash with commentary, many quoting the figure of 9.2 million blogs but this is a significant underestimate. It is the number that appears on Wikipedia but this is almost four months out of date – the true figure is around 10 million based on an extrapolation of the published rate of growth.
Although PR Media Blog uses WordPress it is independently hosted so therefore not affected by the current crisis. No reason has been given for the service interruption but Matt Mullenweg the 26 year old founding developer at WordPress tweeted in the last few minutes “we’re investigating the source & most expedient fix. I hope to have everyone’s blogs back & running as soon as possible”.
It remains unclear as to whether this is the result of a denial of service attack similar to that suffered by twitter last August or perhaps a technical problem caused by the volume of users. Whatever the explanation 10 million blogs represents a huge volume of information and the pressure on the team at Automattic, Inc. the web development company that runs WordPress must be immense.