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June 28, 2013 10:35 AM   Subscribe

@kyledrake "I want to make another Geocities. Free web hosting, static HTML only, 10MB limit, anonymous, uncensored." And with that tweet, NeoCities was born. Browse existing sites, or create your own.

posted by wcfields (35 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
How long until hotlinking is disabled?
posted by tilde at 10:41 AM on June 28, 2013


Honestly, this is a great idea. Anything to push people towards the realization that the web doesn't need to be a collection of walled gardens is a good thing.
posted by odinsdream at 10:43 AM on June 28, 2013 [8 favorites]


Next, enter a password. This will be used to allow you to login. Minimum 5 characters. If you don't make it a good password, Dade Murphy from the movie Hackers will come in and steal your "garbage files".

Maybe it's just Friday, but: Heh.
posted by seemoreglass at 10:49 AM on June 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


That's just silly. It was Joey stole the garbage files. The one who let his Mama dress him.
posted by Twang at 11:06 AM on June 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


I posted this last week and it was deleted. Glad to see it sticking this time as I definitely thought it was a cool thing that the MeFi community would dig. Long live the blink tag!
posted by COD at 11:23 AM on June 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


10MB limit, anonymous, uncensored

Woot! The return of GeoCities Warez 'n' MP3z Ringz! Share l33t sh!t by setting up 15 GeoCities accounts and uploading something in parts! Split-RAR 4eva!

static HTML only

Oh, nm. Back to Hotline.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:30 AM on June 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


I couldn't help myself. I registered metafilter.neocities.org

LOL

(Although post-registration the thought did occur to me to perhaps post the User/Pass to this neocities page so any Mefite could upload pictures and add text, but the primary reason was an immature "FIRST!").
posted by Debaser626 at 11:38 AM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


COD: "I posted this last week and it was deleted. Glad to see it sticking this time as I definitely thought it was a cool thing that the MeFi community would dig. Long live the blink tag!"

I saw your post and made sure to frame it around the Geocities revival aspect and not touch the very-very-optional donation aspect to offset hosting costs.
posted by wcfields at 11:43 AM on June 28, 2013


This warms the cockles of my heart.

I'm the slightest bit disappointed that the default template doesn't start you off with a tiled starfield background graphic, yellow and cyan text, and table-based layout with giant beveled borders on the table cells. And at least one under construction graphic.
posted by usonian at 12:28 PM on June 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


I was just thinking I wanted a static LINKS page and Twitter, Tumblr, etc. are just not cutting it for archival purposes. Why not?

mrgrimm.neocities.org/links.html

Cheaper than paying for a stupid domain and hosting. Plus, I'll just run a backup so if it dies, I'll just post it up somewhere else.

We'll see how it goes.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:42 PM on June 28, 2013


I think it's missing what made Geocities great: the completely ridiculous link structure that attempted to create some kind of community (ha!): http://www.geocities.com/area51/jupiter/4857 and so on.
posted by sonic meat machine at 12:54 PM on June 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


YES...SOON, SOON, IT SHALL BE 1995 AGAIN

I like this.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:55 PM on June 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


I posted this last week and it was deleted. Glad to see it sticking this time as I definitely thought it was a cool thing that the MeFi community would dig. Long live the blink tag!
Too Mozilla is planning on killing the blink tag for no reason. If you actually like it you should email in and tell them not to disable the feature.

What we actually need are CSS attributes to control things like blink rate and so on.
posted by delmoi at 12:57 PM on June 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


Finally, a place where I can link my guestbook and post all of my MIDIs.

Seriously, though, there's something nostalgic about using a free webhost. I spent a lot of my free time from 1996 to 2005 (when I finally bought a domain and hosting) looking and signing up for free webhosts. I also spent a good amount of time looking for ways to remove ads from free hosts, as well.

Also, sonic meat machine is right. Part of what made Geocities appealing was its stupid, hard to remember URLs. I think mine was /Area51/Orion/, but I don't recall the number. 13xx.
posted by Redfield at 1:00 PM on June 28, 2013


Yes, going up and down the neighborhood, seeing who else shared your number range. Never forget /Area51/Shire/70XX
posted by Therapeutic Amputations at 1:10 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


I too will nevar forget TimesSquare/Alley/77##
posted by Dark Messiah at 1:21 PM on June 28, 2013


Somebody more committed than me should post a copy of Notes On 'Camp' on there.
posted by Apropos of Something at 1:31 PM on June 28, 2013


I'm kind of surprised sites like Facebook/Tumblr don't do something like this themselves. Why not let people with accounts have a few static HTML pages?

Also, while appreciate the nostalgia coolness, you might as well include some scripting language support as well.
posted by delmoi at 1:46 PM on June 28, 2013


Somebody more committed than me should post a copy of Notes On 'Camp' on there.

ask and ye etc etc

10MB is a lot of space!!
posted by mrgrimm at 2:13 PM on June 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is the Web version of putting out your new album on cassette.
posted by blue t-shirt at 2:52 PM on June 28, 2013 [6 favorites]


10MB is a lot of space!!
Seriously! Nearly 25% of a 44MB Syquest disk!
posted by usonian at 3:47 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


delmoi: Javascript also seems to be okay. Just not anything server-side.
posted by Sequence at 4:07 PM on June 28, 2013


Oh god, I don't know HTML or CSS. Am I going to have to learn one of these in order to realize my old DBZ geocities fan website I made when I was 10?

Which reminds me, whatever happened to that huge fansite, Planet Namek? Maybe I'll recreate that, too.
posted by gucci mane at 4:43 PM on June 28, 2013


delmoi: "I'm kind of surprised sites like Facebook/Tumblr don't do something like this themselves. Why not let people with accounts have a few static HTML pages?"

They remember myspace?
posted by symbioid at 5:13 PM on June 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


mrgrimm: "ask and ye etc etc"

That's almost ... too well designed.
posted by Apropos of Something at 5:16 PM on June 28, 2013


Am I going to have to learn one of these in order to realize my old DBZ geocities fan website I made when I was 10?

This Twitter Bootstrap theme might be useful.
posted by GenericUser at 5:16 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


So - I went back to the archives of my old geocities (oocities looks to be the best formatted option, from the 3 archive sites I found).


I followed the link I posted to my sister's page, which I recall trying to help her set up, all about her new bipolar diagnosis at the time (though now I think it's borderline, not bipolar), and it's sort of... emotional reading her posting on the topic, especially her "what my family thinks of bipolar"...

I even see my mom used the phrase "walking on eggshells"...

For some reason, despite the archive of my Livejournal that goes back to 2001, I feel that this page of hers brought back a lot more emotions and memories than anything I'd written.

Speaking of "tumblr" while looking for archives, I saw is tumblr the new geocities at Forbes.

No - tumblr is the new LJ (but LJ never died)
posted by symbioid at 5:18 PM on June 28, 2013


Oh, and it makes me happy that I can click on the blue ribbon on my page and it still goes to EFF and that they are still around fighting the good fight all this time. <3
posted by symbioid at 5:20 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Far too flashy and modern for me...
posted by jim in austin at 5:45 PM on June 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


Considering the 'success' of NeoConservative foreign policy and NeoLiberal economic policy, is NeoCities a project intended to blow up and destroy everything around it in the most dramatic way possible? Because that would be the most accurate use of the prefix.
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:53 PM on June 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm a big geek, so I was thinking more along the lines of "Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E."
posted by filthy light thief at 9:45 AM on June 29, 2013


This is the Web version of putting out your new album on cassette.

... When you're only 20, and have always had CDs. Fake nostalgia.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:26 AM on June 29, 2013


No - tumblr is the new LJ (but LJ never died)

And pouring your angst and drama to anybody who'll read it is the new post-access filtering.
posted by acb at 2:18 PM on June 29, 2013


I'm really glad this was posted to metafilter again.

This is really sweet, and I hope that in a world where nice looking content can be created so easily, something that strips it back to the HTML can take off. I'd love to see the next generation of teenage hackers throwing ugly sites up and using this as their social hub.

I'm not sure how long the business model will last. I've thrown a few bucks their way, but I've a feeling that outside the internet creator community, most people will see this as a pornography and terrorist publishing threat. That's a shame really - The west currently needs a bit more freedom of speech.

I'm now going to go away, and see if I can work out how to trick the kids I know to move from facebook to this.
posted by zoo at 1:48 AM on June 30, 2013


Within two minutes, I saw a dancing baby gif, a swastika and some boobs.

The second coming is upon us.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 11:14 AM on June 30, 2013


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