We’re upgrading our publishing systems on the evening of Tuesday 25 March. This blogpost tells you what’s happening, and the arrangements for emergency publishing during this period.
Planned downtime: 6pm Tuesday 25 March to 9am Wednesday 26 March
On the evening of Tuesday 25 March, we’ll be moving GOV.UK publishing systems to a new hosting environment. This will mean a faster, more reliable service for government publishers.
This move will be invisible to the general public, who will be able to use GOV.UK as normal.
However, it will mean that you won’t be able to make any ‘business as usual’ changes within publisher during the period from 6pm on Tuesday 25 March to 9am Wednesday 26 March - for example, publishing news articles or new documents.
We are of course aware of the need for contingency to be able to keep publishing in case of emergency events, the details of which are below.
Emergency publishing arrangements
During publisher downtime, we will still be able to publish content centrally to the GOV.UK site in case of emergency.
The procedure to follow for this is our normal process for emergency publishing requests. This includes a phone number you can reach us on to request critical changes.
Scenarios covered by these emergency procedures include situations in which the public or the government is facing immediate and significant financial, legal or physical risk, including:
- National emergency or foreign crisis
- Unpublishing of sensitive pages published in error
- Sudden major change to government organisation or structure, with immediate impact across GOV.UK
- Sudden event of national significance, on which government will be expected to lead the response
We recognise that any downtime is inconvenient.
However, it’s our first period of scheduled maintenance in 17 months - and is essential in helping us continue our tradition of continuous high performance.
If you do have concerns though, please use this blogpost to ask questions and we’ll do our best to respond.