During the day yesterday, Thursday 9th March, UsingEnglish.com suffered from a huge traffic load which resulted in our entire server crashing. As a result, the site was unavailable from about 13:00 GMT to about 23:00 GMT.
It was initially feared that UsingEnglish.com was suffering from a DDOS attack. Our hosts had a very busy time investigating the problem and resolved it as fast as they could.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by this situation, and hope that it will never happen again.