Thoughts on The 100-year WordPress Plan

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What will the web look like in

100 years
DATE


Michael Gearon
PERSON

Published on

October 10,
DATE

2023


WordPress
ORG

wants you to take a bet on

two
CARDINAL

things, one that the web will exist in

100 years
DATE

, and

two
CARDINAL

WordPress.com will still be knocking around then.

WordPress
ORG

is offering The

100-Year
DATE

Plan to secure digital presence, which they say is aimed at families, founders and individuals. What will this bet cost you?

$38,000 dollars
MONEY

.

By giving

WordPress
ORG


$38,000 dollars
MONEY

in return you will get a

century-long
DATE

domain name, backups and submit the website to

the Internet Archive
ORG

, Enhanced Ownership Protocols, the best WordPress.com hosting package and their best support.

Is it worth the cost?

The average domain cost is somewhere

between $10 to $20 dollars
MONEY

per year, let’s say it’s $

15
MONEY

, with some quick maths that is your domain name secured for $

1,500
MONEY

for

the next 100 years
DATE

.


Next
ORG

is the hosting and support of the website, which

WordPress
ORG

says is the top-tier they are offering plus the extras. Which after converting

from pounds to dollars
MONEY

is

about $25
MONEY

a month or $

300
MONEY

a year, so over

100 years
DATE

it would be $

30,000
MONEY

. Because it’s a fixed upfront cost, that’s ignoring inflation and it also comes with the benefits of backups and their enhanced ownership protocols (whatever that looks like).

What are the risks?


Today WordPress
WORK_OF_ART

is one of the most-used content management systems (

CMS
ORG

) on the market, taking the majority of the market. It’s safe to assume that in

the next 10 to 20 years
DATE

that will continue but as time goes on it becomes less clear. We’ve seen recently the rise and fall of social media networks and how unpredictable that can be.

The pricing looks fairly competitive and it does cover everything you would need from a hosting and content management system. It does have this feeling of you’re not owning your domain or hosting of your website and instead you are leasing it which may not suit everyone.

Also the web in general, what will that look like in

100-years
DATE

. I doubt many people will be able to accurately say what that could look like, especially with the recent changes in technologies and software.

I like the idea though that

WordPress
ORG

are looking for security and support from their users, rather than funding from venture capitalists and the way they are marketing this idea is compelling, such as this quote:

The

100-Year Plan
DATE

isn’t just about

today
DATE

. It’s an investment in

tomorrow
DATE

. Whether you’re cementing your own digital legacy or gifting

100 years
DATE

of a trusted platform to a loved one, this plan is a testament to the future’s boundless potential.

It’s a thought provoking idea, of what will happen after we’re gone of what will happen to the content we’ve produced, who will maintain it, own it and carry on with it going forward.