Erik Gibbs

It’s now possible to launch a website on the Bitcoin BCH blockchain

The Bitcoin BCH blockchain continues to show itself to be a versatile and strong platform. Not only is it behind the highly popular cryptocurrency by the same name, but the network itself has seen an extensive amount of developments lately that show how useful it is in real-world scenarios. Most recently, Donald Mulders, a dedicated Bitcoin BCH enthusiast, posted on about his attempts to create a website on the blockchain, and requested some assistance. He found what he needed, and more, and the on-chain hosted Bitcoin Cash Hoarder is now live.

Explains Mulders, “I started playing around with an idea to see how far I could take it — The idea is to host a simple HTML website on the bitcoin cash blockchain that easily could be viewed in a browser so that even my own mother is able to view it as if it was just an ordinary website.”

He further offers, “Imagine if someone could publish sensitive information without the need for organisations such as [WikiLeaks], readable as a website for anyone in the world — This way anyone could publish information anonymously without endangering themselves or any middleman.”

After creating the idea, Mulders proceeded to develop the site. It was a simple variation of the Snake game in JavaScript and was uploaded using cryptograffiti. The next step was to extract the data from the blockchain in order for it to be developed on a website, for which he used the BitDB platform to query the code. At this point, Mulders hit a brick wall and asked for some help, which is where Unwriter stepped in.

Mulders was able to capture the attention of Unwriter, who was behind several Bitcoin BCH projects, including BitDB 2.0. Using a tool called cryptograffitiweb, they successfully created a simple HTML page tied to the Bitcoin BCH blockchain.

Explained Unwriter, “I actually went ahead and wrote a simple web app that successfully renders [the HTML file].” He added that it’s possible the site content may change, as it loads from the first transaction from that particular address. Nonetheless, it is still the first website hosted on the BCH chain in this manner. “And here it is… A website served from Bitcoin — Written in 5 minutes, with 59 lines of code,” noted Unwriter.

To see the site live, point your browser to the Bitcoin Cash Hoarder address. The source code for the site can be found in the Github repository for Cryptograffitiweb. While this early iteration of a Bitcoin BCH-hosted website may be a little clunky, it shows what’s possible with the blockchain. Having uncensorable webpages hosted on a network is a very big deal, and a huge advance for the technology.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (SegWit) chain are referenced as SegWitCoin BTC coins; tokens on the Bitcoin Cash ABC chain are referenced as BCH, BCH-ABC or BAB coins. Altcoins, which value privacy, anonymity, and distance from government intervention, are referenced as dark coins.

Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) is today the only Bitcoin project that follows the original Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper, and that follows the original Satoshi protocol and design. BSV is the only public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin and will massively scale to become the world’s new money and enterprise blockchain.