WordPress.com is now selling a 100-year plan, one of the longest in the industry, for a one-time payment of 38,000 $. Accordingly, included is managed WordPress hosting (whatever that may be in 100 years), multiple backups in geographically distributed data centers, transfer to the Internet Archive when the site is public, 24/7 support, and a domain that the customer won't have to renew for a century.
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You have to have great trust in WordPress.com
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, limits the registration of domains to a maximum of 10 years. Automatic renewal after this period is contingent on the customer renewing in a timely manner and updating their payment method. A 100-year plan eliminates these uncertainties, but still depends on the registrar staying in business into the next century. Customers who opt for this plan must have great confidence in WordPress.com and be convinced that domain names will continue to be important to the fundamental architecture of the Internet for decades to come.
My personal opinion
I always find such offers strange. First, I have the feeling that WordPress.com wants to make a lot of money in the short term because they need liquidity. Of course, this is pure speculation. Second, I wonder what the motivation is for such an offer. Is it just a huge marketing blitz to make themselves heard in the world? Or do the inventors of this idea really believe that a lot of deals can be generated here?
What does Matt Mullenberg, the CEO and co-founder of WordPress.Com, have to say about this?
"Whether you're giving a domain and a lifetime home on the Internet to a newborn or writing in your will that your website and history will be accessible for generations to come, I hope this plan inspires people and other businesses to think about long-term development."- Matt Mullenberg, CEO and co-founder of WordPress.com
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