Ask HN: Best way to host a website for 500 years?

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  • arweave

    The Arweave server and App Developer Toolkit.

    Given the adoption and direction crypto is going with decentralization, we can imagine some new/future incarnation of the technology to exist, possibly on new mediums.

    In short, blockchains don't die. They may become zombies, but they never die. Tokens and profit keep them alive. With it, they just go dormant.

    Therefore, I would suggest a blockchain called Arweave that delivers the permanence for your website:

    "Arweave is a new type of storage that backs data with sustainable and perpetual endowments, allowing users and developers to truly store data forever – for the very first time.

    As a collectively owned hard drive that never forgets, Arweave allows us to remember and preserve valuable information, apps, and history indefinitely. By preserving history, it prevents others from rewriting it."

    And we offer the product for your children and grandchildren:

  • urlpages

    Create and view web pages stored entirely in the URL

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support . Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • ipfs

    Peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol

  • ens

    Implementations for ENS core functionality: The registry, registrars, and public resolvers.

    * 57709.5 TB transfered

    S3 Standard cost (monthly): $134,680.98 USD. Or $1,616,171.76 per year.

    That was just an exercise to figure out the maximum possible cost of hosting a simple web page. Obviously you'll probably get closer to zero visits per year over time, and maybe up to $10 per year in hosting costs.

    Anyway let's just say $100 per year. Pay for it with investment returns, assuming an extremely safe withdrawal rate of 0.5%. You'll need to invest $20,000 (100 / 0.005) in a mix of ETFs, bonds, cryptocurrencies, gold, etc. That should guarantee that your money lasts through the next 1000 recessions, nuclear wars, ice ages, etc.







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