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GeoCities Hosting Calls it Quits

Written by Chad Bean

Monday, October 26th, 2009

It looks like GeoCities, the Free Web Hosting service owned by Yahoo!, is officially ending service to website owners today. I’m sure many of you have used their service at one point or another, so it’s kind of sad to see them go down with all of the web sites they hosted. My first web site was on GeoCities, complete with a looping, low-quality instrumental midi file, and animated graphics. Many other free web hosting services like GeoCities have risen and fallen over the years because the free hosting business model just doesn’t seem sustainable.

It’s amazing how many web sites with no business model or profitability sunk during the .com internet bubble. Internet businesses, like any other company, aren’t immune from the age old philosophy of “you need to make money to stay in business”. Now there are a few exceptions to this rule. It’s still possible to come up with a great idea for a web site and receive funding from a venture capital firm (read: Twitter), but for the everyday web business owner, they understand the need to make a profit.

Many GeoCities refugees have migrated over to HostGator, and we want to welcome you all with open arms. We can assure you that HostGator won’t have the same fate as GeoCities because well, we’re a profitable company.

If you have a site with GeoCities and need a new home, post a comment and we’ll try to throw you some free months worth of Hosting at HostGator.

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  • http://www.rahulnimawat.com Rahul Nimawat

    Yea, agree with you Chad. I also had my very first website on Geocities. I used their web-based sitebuilder to build it. It was an amazing experience for me to have a corner for myself in the Web world.

    I have become a full flagged businessman now in the web field. No more free host are useful for me. But, its kind of sad feel seeing Geocities going down.

    I appreciate Hostgator supporting various social causes by providing free hosting to NGOs etc. Keep it up.

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    RIP Geocities. You were a first for all of us.

  • Rocky Garcia

    That will be a sad news for site owners this coming Halloween. :-(

  • http://www.headstonesandmemorials.com/ JT Stone

    It is another part of our internet history that is going by the wayside :-(

    I applaud HostGator for offering to help those people transitioning. Hopefully some will find this post and take advantage of the generous offer.

  • Tinh

    That is actually a paradise for Geocities users and thanks very much for great offer from HostGator

  • Eames Chair

    Wow, Geocities.. that brings back memories.. I didn’t even realize they were still around.

  • Garry Conn

    That’s awesome to hear that you’re offering to help people migrate over from GeoCities to HostGator. There’s a team of volunteers who were attempting to get an entire back up of GeoCities (http://www.seohosting.com/blog/search-engine-news/yahoo-to-shut-down-geocities/) I am not sure if they were completely successful with doing this or not. But I have to agree, it’s crazy to lose such a historical piece of the Internet.

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  • Rocky Garcia

    That’s a really sad news for website owners who use GeoCities.

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    If you have a site with GeoCities and need a new furnished home(Means Flash, Videos and rich graphics in website), please call me on my cell : +91-09328081607. I will help you….

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    Well very nice post.RIP Geocities. You were a first for all of us.

  • Joshua

    I would be some what concerned about yahoo’s future. Seems like a silly move, to axe a service that im sure 100,000′s would be using…

    Google is empowering the free hosting, free search engine, free email and free webmaster tools markets.

    Yahoo are insane to make move like this.

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    It was a rubbish service and of course now it’s the proof – they ended it and those with their website are not left with nothing…

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    RIP Geocities. Thanks for being the first site.

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    Well, geocities was one of the oldest web hosting, and I would say my first web hosting. Gone are the times when 15 MB space was much !

    RIP geocities.

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  • PeterTools

    GeoCities going down, WoW
    I also started my first site hosted with them, just goes to show nothing is permanent and that like anything you have to work at it.

  • andy

    hahah, blogger, you described my experience exactly. Started with geocities in 7th grade. Complete with the looping midi and animations!
    That started my thirst for control over how I wanted my websites to be displayed….
    I never realized how much I owed geocities till this blog. RIP.

  • Sorabh Garg

    Wow, I really appreciate Hostgator’s help for Geocities users. Keep it up!

  • Naveed Hasan

    Hey,
    I had not read this newsletter earlier… I was browsing the newsletter archive and found this… If hostgator is really giving out free months of hosting, I am in! Please don’t tell me I am late. Although I have one more payment recently. I hope I do get a response. Besides, I have some great ideas for a web application if someone is willing to sponsor (heartily) me/my ideas.

  • Naveed Hasan

    And yes, I forgot to mention, I used to host the Saudi Soccer website at geocities. It is a pretty childish website but since I don’t have to work on it, it is valuable in it’s own place

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    That’s too bad. Is still remember the days when Geocities was only and the biggest web hosting provider.

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    Yes I remember that one of my first accounts was with GeoCities. Since then I have trying loads of hosting for my webbshop and of course other web sites. But maybe everything has to end some day?

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    I have used geocities for quite a lot of time. I set up my first websites with it. Sorry to see it go but i no longer need it. I do know many who still used it before it was taken down. A lot of them should have switched to hostgator by now.

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    I’m fortunate I didn’t hosted my site in Geocities. Too bad they didn’t overcame the stiff hosting competition with their low ads revenue.

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    It is a little sad to see it go…
    However, GeoCities could never hold a candle to Hostgator with their customer support! I think Hostgator set’s the standard for online customer support!

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    That’s too bad. Is still remember the days when Geocities was only and the biggest web hosting provider.

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    RIP Geocities. You were a first for all of us.

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