Websites across the world have stopped working because of a strange Wordpress glitch.

The issue meant that websites either failed to load or did so with default templates, making them look like a blog.

It hit major publishers such as the BBC, Techcrunch and The Sun. But it also affected companies that use Wordpress blogs for their official news hubs, such as Facebook.

Download the new Indpendent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

In an update posted to its blog, Wordpress said the issue was with its VIP Go service, which allows companies to use its blog technology on their own websites. That meant that the problem quickly rippled out across the various websites that use it, which includes many of the world's biggest media organisations.

The problem was leading to pages completely stopping working, the company explained, meaning that users might see a 503 error if they tried to load pages.

But it was also leading to "missing theme files". That meant that the personalisations that websites apply on top of Wordpress's default blog template – to make the pages look like their own – had disappeared, meaning they simply loaded like any other Wordpress blog.

The issues also meant that any attempts to make changes to the pages would simply force the websites to revert back to their previous state, explained Jeremey DuVall, who works in customer support at Automattic, which runs Wordpress, in a blog post. 

Wordpress explained that the problem had been located and a fix had been rolled out, but that it might not appear on all websites immediately.

Social media is an increasingly important battle ground in elections - and home to many questionable claims pumped out by all sides. If social media sites won't investigate the truth of divisive advertising, we will. Please send any political Facebook advertising you receive to digitaldemocracy@independent.co.uk, and we will catalogue and investigate it. Read more here.

Comments

Share your thoughts and debate the big issues

Learn more
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Create a commenting name to join the debate

Please try again, the name must be unique Only letters and numbers accepted
Loading comments...
Loading comments...
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Loading comments...
Loading comments...