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WordPress outage floods premium blogs with images of succulents

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id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> A WordPress outage left some sites with an artsy shot of succulents.

Artem Russakovskii ‏via TwitterSucculents were front and center Tuesday after a Nulled Wordpress Modules outage led some sites to revert to default themes.

The outage, which occurred on WordPress' VIP Go platform, caused premium blogs to show 503 errors or go back to WordPress' default themes. In many cases, Wpbakery sites featured artsy shots of succulents before a fix was issued.

Outlets such as TechCrunch, Wordpress Modules 9to5Mac and Wordpress Modules BBC America were affected.

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"Ok... something's wrong with WP[.]com... like really wrong," tweeted Catalin Cimpanu, a reporter at CNET's sister site ZDNet. "Sites were down for 30 minutes, now some of them have default themes. Check out TechCrunch's 'new' look."

Ok... something's wrong with WP[.]com... like really wrong

Sites were down for 30 minutes, Wpbakery now some of them have default themes.

Check out TechCrunch's "new" look pic.twitter.com/LfItE6G9nI

— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) June 11, 2019 Rolling Stone, 9to5Google and VentureBeat were also hit by the outage.

"Big day for succulents. #WordPress," one person tweeted.

Big day for succulents. #Free Wordpress Themes pic.twitter.com/PtoyKmbKU9

— Kyle Frost (@kylefrost) June 11, 2019 TechCrunch tweeted about the situation, saying: "We know you're wondering, so no, it's not a wild new succulent-based design direction, we're just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight."

We know you're wondering, so no, it's not a wild new succulent-based design direction, Wpbakery we're just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight.

— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) June 11, Avada 2019 The default themes may invoke some distant blogging memories.

"Wordpress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled," tweeted Mike Murphy, Wordpress Modules tech editor at Quartz. The publication also appeared to suffer from the outage.

Wordpress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled

— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) June 11, Wordpress Addons 2019 All VIP Go sites were back up and running after about three hours.

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