Thousands of shoppers were left frustrated after the popular e-commerce platform Shopify experienced a major outage on Tuesday afternoon.
The website, which hosts over one million businesses worldwide, appeared to be down for many users, with reports of the service being unavailable in the United States, UK and Europe.
Shopify took to Twitter to confirm the outage, writing: “We’re currently experiencing a service interruption. We’re investigating and working to resolve this as soon as possible.”
The website appeared to be working again for some users shortly after the outage, but it is unclear what caused the issue.
Customers took to social media to express their frustration, with many complaining that their websites were not working or that they were unable to access their accounts.
“Shopify is down and so is my business. This is not good,” one user wrote.
Others complained that they were unable to make purchases or process payments.
Shopify, which was founded in 2004, is one of the leading e-commerce platforms in the world, with millions of customers relying on its services to run their businesses.
The company has yet to confirm what caused the outage or how long it will last.
It is also not clear how many users were affected by the issue, though reports suggest it was widespread.
For now, it appears that the website is back up and running, though some customers may still be experiencing difficulties.
The mystery outage serves as a reminder of how dependent we have become on technology, with the ability to conduct business online now essential for many companies.