Welcome to the Permaweb

Permawhat?!

To put it simply: for users the permaweb looks just like the traditional web, except everything published on the permaweb is available forever — no more 404s! For content creators, the permaweb offers low-cost, zero maintenance, permanent hosting of their web apps and web pages. Now, Arweave’s permaweb enables you to store information and build websites that live forever on a smart blockchain, all while keeping costs low and speeds high.

The permaweb is all of the connected sites and apps on the Arweave network

Incentivisation

One of the most groundbreaking aspects of the permaweb is that it is run by people like you! In order for data to remain freely accessible to everyone, somebody, somewhere must have an incentive to store and serve it. In the case of the current web, entities (like Google and Facebook) are incentivised to store, perform queries on, and return your data, because they can use your personal information to generate revenue. However, miners in the Arweave network are incentivised to serve the permaweb by earning tokens for putting their unused storage space to work. This system provides an incentive to store your data without compromising your privacy, solving one of the key issues facing the current web.

A web without servers?!

The traditional web is backed by millions of under-utilised, overpriced servers. These machines sit in warehouses waiting for requests to provide you with web pages, often owned by huge companies like Google and Amazon. This means that website creators are often paying for capacity they never use — this is not the case with the permaweb. The permaweb’s serverless structure is much more efficient, saving you time and money. Just like Uber or AirBnB lets you make money from your unused car or home, Arweave helps you make money from your spare hard drive space by connecting you with people that need web hosting.

Arweave’s serverless architecture is much more efficient, optimising network utilisation

Information freedom

The emergence of the traditional web enabled billions of people to create and disseminate information freely around the world. However, what started as a grand experiment in the free-flow of information has become increasingly controlled, monitored, and modified by governments and corporations alike who abuse their power to censor information. This is hugely alarming because the web has become so central to our way of life — it has become an integrated part of our thinking and decision making.

How do I get involved?

Since 2018, you have been able to transfer existing web pages onto the permaweb. Today, we’re proud to launch a brand new deployment tool that allows developers to publish apps and sites on the permaweb directly! Permaweb hosting is quick and simple: once you’ve uploaded your application using our brand new deployment tool, your site or app will be hosted instantly and permanently.

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The Arweave Project

The Arweave Project

A novel data storage blockchain protocol enabling a permanent serverless web and creating truly permanent data storage for the first time.