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A WordPress bug is making this succulent appear on a bunch of sites

A major issue involving the Wordpress VIP Go platform also sees sites crash.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Jun 11, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:48 am CDT

The internet was covered in succulents on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a WordPress bug.

Several popular websites experienced technical issues after a major outage involving the web hosting service. Sites utilizing the WordPress VIP Go platform either crashed Tuesday or had their homepages changed to a default theme showcasing a potted plant.

Some of the sites affected by the issue include 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, BBC America, Drone DJ, Electrek, Rolling Stone, TechCrunch, and VentureBeat.

Twitter users began questioning the plant’s sudden appearance shortly after the issue began.

WordPress confirmed that it was aware of the problem on Twitter and said that a fix was in the works. Some sites began coming back online shortly after the announcement.

Jeremy Duvall is the support team lead at Automatic, the company which owns WordPress. He released a statement apologizing for the outage.

“We’re currently experiencing issues affecting sites hosted on the VIP Go platform,” Duvall said. “Sorry for the trouble!”


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*First Published: Jun 11, 2019, 3:47 pm CDT