I think I brought this on myself: one of my other sites was not working — specifically, this one — and apparently they had to pull down the whole cluster of five to fix whatever was ailing it. (Right now, 503s are the order of the day.) No idea when things will be back to normal.
I’ve used this theme over here at the backup blog for over a year now, and briefly considered taking it over to the Main Site, but I suspect it would not be well received by the readership. Feel free to correct me if you think I’m wrong. (Everyone else does.)
The host says it’s going to be messing with the network again tomorrow night:
On Thursday January 16th, in a 4 hour window starting at 10pm, we will be moving on to the next step of the Network Improvement Series maintenances. This step is going to involve migrating the network layer from the old hardware to the new designed setup. This is expected to be a near impact-free maintenance; all services will continue to work throughout the migration. As with all maintenances, we will proceed slowly to ensure that, should any problems occur, we will be able to address them quickly.
I mean, this doesn’t guarantee failure or anything, but I’ve seen enough network improvements to know what’s coming.
I’d almost forgotten this little place was here.
Might as well post something, just to keep the WP Overlords happy.
It says on the admin screen here that we’re allowed 3,072 MB for our individual spaces here at WordPress.com, which is a pretty fair amount of space when you get right down to it.
Now my days are numbered — okay, everyone’s days are numbered, but I suspect my number is lower than most — and I’ve pondered the possibility of porting my Main Site, which is largely WordPress but self-hosted, over here at some point, mainly because I can’t reasonably expect my descendants to maintain (and pay for) that site. About 8,000 items that aren’t in a WordPress environment would of necessity have to be sacrificed. Still, that leaves about 14,000 posts and a handful of pages, which could be done in — well, last time I had to do an import into WordPress, it took about a week for about a third as much material.
And of those three gigabytes, I’d use up two pretty quick. Then again, it’s not like I expect to make a whole lot of posthumous posts.
I was commiserating with friends and acquaintances hosted with Bluehost and Hostgator and such, many of whom were having ongoing problems with their sites, when my own operation suddenly grinds to a screeching halt. Is someone trying to tell me something? (And does this have anything to do with WordPress 3.6, which I installed this morning on four sites?)
About 3 pm, all my sites (except this one) went down; I went to turn in a trouble ticket, and was informed that “other customers had reported similar issues,” which tells me that a whole bank of servers has probably gone south. We shall see.