I’ve been a customer of Dreamhost for 11 years now. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be a member until the day I die. Which leads me to my suggestion.
I’d like some kind of plan add-on that would lock in a website for someone that has died.
I’d like to be able to set this up for 1 or more domains I own.
How it would work is you’d designate a contact to serve as a trustee solely for this reason. Another acceptable way of being informed would be an autonomous message from a system like Google’s Inactive Account Manager.
Once it’s been determined that yes, so and so is dead, their website is converted from dynamic (If it is) to a static site and moved to a lower-priority silo where it will then sit for however long it’s domain lasts for. Once the domain is within 30 days of expiring, an email can be sent to the designated trustee informing them of the impending expiration. They can then choose to pay for domain registration to continue or let it expire.
If domain becomes expired, then DH can move the website to something along the lines of a memorial. With a format similar to something like www.dreamhost.com/tombstones/www.originaldomain.ext
By converting it to a static page and moving it to a farm that isn’t Tier 1 stuff there’s very minimal use of resources. You could even have stipulations on top of the fee, such as the domain using DH as the registrar, you have to prepurchase your domain name for XX years in the future, etc.
Potentially, you could include rewards for customer loyalty - such as a discount in price for being a customer based on time. And for the really long time customers - lets say 30 years - the memorial service is free, and DH will maintain the websites domain name registration for life*.
I don’t know, just thought it would be kind of a cool service to have as a way of ensuring a legacy stays behind.
*Life is define as the year $customer becomes deceased plus $number of years