https://neocities.org/

Note if you see my byline https://bioinformaticsproject.neocities.org/ I am the lead person for this site.

Its a web hosting site where there are web pages made by web site artists that give some cool graphics of web pages that resemble the early 2000's. I remember back in the early 2000's we used to explore the web from people who had accounts from Geocities, Angelfire and Tripod for artistic reasons and other tacky reasons.


https://www.wired.com/2013/07/neocities/


GEOCITIES, THE OLD free web hosting site from the 1990s, was amazingly ahead of its time. It did obsessiveness before Tumblr, self-infatuation before Facebook, and sorry Reddit, GeoCities straight-up ruled at GIFs. It wasn't often pretty, but it was always interesting. But then Yahoo bought GeoCities, proceeded to run it into the ground, and eventually shut it down everywhere other than Japan. Today, a new venture wants to bring it, or at least its culture, back.

NeoCities is a new hosting service, launched June 28, that gives users 10 megabytes of free space along with a basic HTML editor to create a website. To create a site, people will need to learn rudimentary HTML--just as they did with GeoCities. Developer Kyle Drake acknowledges that this isn't for everyone, but thinks there needs to be an alternative to the current pre-formatted, template-driven, standardizing platforms, which make it easy to have a web presence, but hard to make that presence your own. ?If you look at sites like Facebook," he says, "they control the type, shape, and arrangement of the content you contribute, and deviation is not possible.?

Basically, Drake hopes people will use it to make the Web more interesting. The beauty of NeoCities, says Drake, is that it bucks the "collective mentality that you can't make real sites without complicated back-end servers." Although he chose the size limit to keep things affordable, he says "it was also a suggestion that you can do a lot with a small amount of space."

That's true. For example, Wired's homepage clocks in at a mere 3.5 megabytes. And, thanks to CSS, web design is also exponentially more flexible than it was in GeoCities' era. So despite the paltry 10 megabyte limit (GeoCities gave away 11 megabytes in 1997), a NeoCities page can host beautiful, intelligent, and, well, downright weird content. So much for dancing babies.

Drake thinks this combination of the old web's spirit and the new web's maturity will encourage users to let their freak flags fly. He's aware that tying his project to GeoCities might cause it to collapse under the weight of nostalgia, or worse, drown in a flood of irony. But, he's hopeful that people will see his project's real potential and actually make cool sites.

What will you do with your 10 megabytes of free space? Show us in the comments below. And in case you're stumped, here are some to put up while you figure things out.
https://www.vice.com/en/article/d77m...y-of-geocities

With 90s nostalgia at full throttle, it's no surprise to see the recent launch of NeoCities, a rebirth of the Dot Com-era web hosting platform Geocities, in all its flashy, neon, blinking, clip art-filled wonder.

But NeoCities aims to be something bigger than fuck-yeah-90s retro. According to its creator Kyle Drake, a software engineer and self-proclaimed "professional cyberpunk," the project is a way to recreate not only the aesthetic of the early personal websites, but also the original mission of Geocities: to give anyone with internet access a free place on the web.

"My goal with NeoCities is not to turn it into a GeoCities parody site, though I don't really care if people use it that way,? he wrote in an introductory blog post. ?It's to rebuild the platform for us to be able to be creative again. To have sites that we can do whatever we want with. This is not nostalgia speaking. We really did lose our platforms for creativity and rich self expression online, and I want to help bring them back."

The way Drake sees it, today's internet culture is one of consumption, not creation. Sure, websites are now interactive, dynamic, highly functional, user-friendly and hypersocial. But at what cost? The web has become homogenous, controlled, even monitored?a "sad, pathetic digital iron curtain."

So NeoCities is a platform to simplify creation. Users get 10 MB of free webpage hosting and a bare bones interface to build from, with just HTML and images. The goal is to be as uncensored, anonymous and open as possible. (Though uncensored may be a pipe dream; already the fuckthensa.neocities.org domain has been seized.)

In its first week, 1,600 sites were created?some straight 90s throwback, some delightfully random, some just ugly as hell.

In a way, it?s fitting that here at the end of Web. 2.0 era, we?re reclaiming the spirit that pioneered the age of user-generated content. Geocities was the first real outlet for personal expression online?introducing the then-novel idea of putting things on the web, not just getting information from it. (For a trip down the retro web rabbit hole, check out archive sites Oocities or Reocities.)

It was this means of self-expression that propelled GeoCities to the third most visited website by the end of the decade, with 38 million user-built pages, and compelled Yahoo! to buy it in 1999 for a ridiculous $3.57 billion in Dot Com-bubble stock.

Though it?s easy to blame Yahoo! for Geocities's subsequent demise, it may have been inevitable. With no social element, even the most awesome sites were lost in the internet ether, and hence when MySpace came along and added friends to the equation, it was the end of Geocities and the real start of Web 2.0.

Who cares if it?s ugly, as long as it?s original? With NeoCities, Drake hopes we'll come full circle, and revive the web as a truly democratic platform. Considering the backlash Facebook and Google are getting of late?and the anxiety around Yahoo!'s recent acquisition of Tumblr (sound familiar?)?maybe netizens will flock to NeoCities as an alterative after all.