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WordPress.com Maintenance Downtime on Sunday, February 15, 2009

WordPress.com NewsWordPress.com warns that the free blog hosting service will be down for maintenance starting Sunday, February 15, 2009, at 20:00 GMT (noon PST, 3PM EST) for maintenance and upgrade improvements. This should only be a few seconds to a couple minutes. This does not impact full version and self-hosted versions of WordPress.

The maintenance probably involves upgrading to WordPress 2.7.1, server improvements, and possibly the reported news of some “cool gallery features” that may add navigation links for image pages, and other small improvements. Do not expect any major changes to the interface or functionality.

WordPress.com Maintenance Warning

They warn that unsaved work with be lost and you may have to log in again once the system is restored. This means that if you are in the middle of blogging something, it will not be saved and auto-save will not kick in to backup your posts.

I recommend that you save everything you are working on at least two hours before the maintenance down time begins, just in case. If you “need” to blog something, write it up in a text editor or (at the very worst) a word processor and save it there until you can copy and paste or paste using the Word quicktag button in the Visual Text Editor. This is a worst case scenario warning just to be safe.

These maintenance “moments” are rare with WordPress.com. According to Barry in the comments below, expect WordPress.com to be back fully active in less than two minutes.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,

    There is no downtime associated with the “maintenance” We just have to make some changes to the cookies we use to determine if you are logged in our out. These changes are a result of the 2.7 upgrade a few months ago and upgrading WP.com to PHP 5. We have been putting it off for a while now. The only side-effect is that you will get logged out of WP.com and will have to re-login (as I mentioned in the notice). There are no user-facing changes that come along with this. Normally it is not something we would announce, but the fact that if you are in the middle of composing a post, there is a risk you will lose 2 minutes of data (since it auto-saves every 2 minutes), we figured it would be worth giving folks the heads up. Also, some people may be confused by the fact they have to login again since normally their browser “remembers” them as being logged in.

  2. Posted February 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Quote: “The maintenance probably involves upgrading to WordPress 2.7.1″ makes me smile: the one automatic update feature that everyone was waiting for and now happily applauds doesn’t work on WP own WP.com ??. surely there’s a mistake somewhere?

    • Posted February 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      @trescolsclips: WordPress.com users do not have access to automatic update because it is a WordPressMU site. It is very different. When one is upgraded, everyone is, so to speak.

      @Barry: Ah, wasn’t sure how long or what. Two minutes we can live with. Thanks for the update.

  3. Posted February 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,

    isn’t there a feature to publish your posts in the future for .com users? I know on my sites I can do that.
    So publish it for February 1, 2010. It won’t show on your blog until then, when the updates happen then just log back in and edit the time to whenever you want to post it? voila?

    • Posted February 14, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      Yes, there is a future post feature but this doesn’t so much apply as you don’t know when WordPress.com will be back running. Set it to release during the downtime and nothing will happen. You’ll have to go back in and edit, so why not just save it as a draft. A draft is better.

  4. akayal
    Posted February 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    This blog is very informative and always have a good stuff to read and think about , just great please keep the good work .


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