UPDATE 4:50 pm ET: Services have been restored for the majority of customers, according to EIG.
Endurance International Group brands Bluehost, HostMonster, HostGator, and JustHost are ending 2013 with a massive outage affecting customers worldwide.
While the WHIR is waiting to hear from an EIG spokesperson on the specifics of the outage, customers are reporting at least an hour of downtime so far.
Bluehost is updating customers on Twitter through the @BlueHostSupport handle, and does not have an ETA for recovery at this point.
Mathew Richards, of Dallas-based news website inForney.com and a HostGator customer, said his website has already been down for about an hour as a result of the outage. inForney.com was also impacted by the August outage, experiencing 10 hours of downtime. At that point, Richards switched from VPS hosting to dedicated at HostGator, hoping that his site would be brought up quicker, but shared and VPS accounts were restored first, he said.
As an online-only news website, Richards said the outage is frustrating since inForney.com is expected to be available to its readers 100 percent of the time.
Endurance International Group filed for its IPO earlier this year, but its hosting brands have suffered from several outages in the process, tarnishing its brand. This is the first major outage for its hosting brands since the IPO.