More than half of my internet browsing is done through Wayback Machine nowadays and it makes me very sad that all these websites are gone.


@neauoire I put a lot of the blame on the standardization of LAMP and other complex, dynamic server-side frameworks. Static sites are way easier to keep online for decades even if your generator or editor software has bit-rotted away. We can hope that the SSG trend will help reverse the tide.

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@praxeology Agreed. Though some SSG should not be called SSG. My experience with some is that I've spend more time fixing the SSG install than adding pages to my website. @neauoire

@xuv @praxeology you should pick better SSGs, their job is so simple that there shouldn't be anything there to fix.

@neauoire Yes. I know. I was introduced to the concept by Jekyll. And I don't recommend that one. But it's the one I gad to use the most. @praxeology

@neauoire @praxeology I may have to clarify, none of those static websites I needed to work with are mine, nor did I make the tech choice in the first place. But so far, I have the impression that SSGs just transfer bitrotting from server side to the generator side. It's maybe better because what's published has a longer shelf life. But for the editor, the problem is the same.

@xuv @neauoire As a _composer_ of content, unless you are editing raw HTML (which is only a very small minority of people), you will need some code to generate the output. Maintenance of the composition / templating / generator tools will be an issue no matter what.

But if you are a publisher (of any size) who just wants to keep something that has already been written online, static content actually has a chance of mid- to long-term survival. The dynamic stuff does not.

@xuv @neauoire That sounds annoying. But you have to admit, even if you never get it fixed, your existing content can still stay up for another 20+ years.

@xuv @neauoire If your site runs on PHP, python, ASP.NET or any other server-side dynamic language, it's not a question of IF but WHEN it will go down, never to return.

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