A “major incident” took place at my web host early Saturday, taking down over a dozen servers and deleting thousands of web sites, including this one. Sounds like a hack. They had to do a full restore from backups of the servers. This takes quite a bit of time, which is why the web site was down so long. I do have my own backup system but that can’t restore to a blank server. This also took down email.
Such an incident is extremely unusual. The host guarantees a 99.9% uptime and it’s usually been very reliable.
Curiously, this entire episode took place during an online retreat. The web site went silent as I did.