Everyone has access to their own Facebook profile and the like these days, so the idea of owning your own space on the Web is kind of archaic.
But is there still an equivalent of Geocities for modern Internet users?
For me it was Angelfire, but basically the same thing.
IMO, the place to go today is PHPFog for their free Wordpress hosting. Wordpress as a CMS is a million times more sophisticated than Geocities, but when you're ready to make the jump into something more complicated you have access to the codebase (unlike Wordpress.com where you have to pay to customize the design).
Its funny that this topic came about. I remember the olden days as a kid where I would browse around looking for DBZ info. Almost every site seemed to be a Geocities or Angelfire blog.
Recently, I've been thinking about signing up for Angelfire to run the production blog for my website. You know, just as a gag. I'll have it look just like a site pre-2000s. This will be my nod to those sites that came before me.
I'd very much like to own my own space on the web. Particulary to run core things that really matter to me like device-sync, backup, basic sharing etc. I'm sure I could set something up using EC2/S3 but I don't want the hassle of maintenance (or to reinvent the wheel).
Edit: I'm kind of asking for an app-store-for-the-cloud but with a place that I own into which I 'install' the apps.
I am using cheap VPS for that, with debian (so it even has "apps" in aptitude :))
I cannot recommend it highly enough... it's great for doing quick perl experiments and even coding from phone/tablet through power of vi and screen, it's great for hosting personal projects that almost noone will visit
what I miss the most on my cheap vps is the ability to run java virtual machine, since it has smallish memory and is on openvz (so no swapping)
Heh, obviously you've never used Tumblr before. Tons of people that I follow learn basic HTML and CSS by customizing their blog's theme, and the end result is insanely creative and unique blog layouts.
Not only that, but a lot of the content they're posting is original and creative as well. Whether it's original art, stories, poems, collages of gifs from a favorite TV show, etc, it's extremely easy (in my experience) to find creativity on Tumblr.
Your comment doesn't add to the discussion and is simply inaccurate.
You are still working around rules and a framework.
Geocities gave you free run of HTML & JS to go nuts.
For example: Geocities accidently gave me my first experience designing backend as a service when I was a teenager.
I had built a website using some PHP but I had a budget of ~$0 for hosting and I couldn't find any free PHP webhosting that also offered mysql and didn't have extremely stringent bandwidth restrictions (I wanted to allow downloads of some fairly large .exes for VB6 games I had made) I used my home internet connection for playing online games so I didn't want people downloading files from that either.
My solution was to host all of the files and the front end of the site on geocities (which had a much better bandwidth limit but didn't support PHP) and redirect all of the POST forms to a Pentium2 linux box running off my home internet connection (with dyndns to take care of the dynamic IP issue). The form submission would sometimes (if it needed to update the site frontend) kick off a script which would FTP the new content to geocities. It could then just redirect you back to geocities once the form submission was done.
Wow, real Geocities.com domain? I wonder if someone missed a server when decommissioning the cluster? I thought this was going to refer to the fact that you can replace geocities.com with reocities.com and get most sites. http://www.reocities.com/newhome/makingof.html
> I wonder if someone missed a server when decommissioning the cluster?
I submitted because I wanted to hear a possible explanation. I see that some sites have some nested content, but nothing found when you go to their root. Is it because they are just missing index.html? EDIT: thanks for correcting me, sp332.
These are mostly redirects to new domains from Geocities. I didn't realize that Google did that, which is interesting. It's also interesting the number of people who migrated off Geocities, but still kept their old geocities pages to redirect to their new ones. Can't make people update those bookmarks...
Just found this clone called oocities.org. I had no idea my old mugen website was saved here. Unfortunately most of it isn't working. But it's certainly a nice nostalgic feeling to revisit my old website :)
Anyone interested Mugen characters and stages? Java applets simulating starcraft units using a physics engine? Winamp AVS plugin samples that will show a smiley face singing along your music or a guy running in the rain using math to generate the lines? Then you're welcome to my 2001 website ^^