Last night the Ozblogistan network slowed down and then began to “yo-yo” — stop working and then reappear cyclically.
I have been becoming increasingly dissatisfied with WPEngine’s reliability and service. Tis was the straw that broke the camel’s back. So I began a crash move of the network to a new hosting service, Page.ly.
That is why the site was unavailable last night and this morning, and why you first saw kittens and then a little moving truck.
Page.ly’s service has already shown itself to be much better than WPEngine’s; however they have reported back that migration is going slowly because the WPEngine servers periodically drop the connection they’re using to download files.
Their advice was to switch back to WPEngine’s servers for today. Any posts or comments from today could then be migrated using the WXR import/export facility built into WordPress.
So here we are, temporarily back at WPEngine. Tonight I and the Page.ly staff will try the move again.
A few hours ago WPEngine finally traced the problem back the recent comments widget on Skepticlawyer and Catallaxy Files. I’ve disabled those for now. (Amazing how much their service has improved, now that I’m leaving).