Geocities is closing. Dammit! Replacement suggestions?

So Geocities is closing this summer, and they’ve kindly offered to let us have Yahoo business sites instead. Gee, that’s swell of them considering they’re $10/month and up until October when they raised rates by two dollars a month Geocities Plus was just $5/month. I can’t really justify paying $120/year for a fanfiction website, so I’m hunting for a new home for my archive. So are a lot of other people in the fandom :frowning:

You guys are smart and savvy, so maybe you have some suggestions for us?

  • I’m willing to pay up to the $5-7/month for 500mb of storage space that I have been up until now. (I’m only actually using 70mb, but I like the space to grow, you know?)

  • I need a web host with liberal TOS. Some of the stories are erotica, and the very paternal 50Megs boots people for such scandalous words as “penis” and “sperm” so nothing that restrictive, obviously. This was one of the nice things about geocities, they didn’t care about swears or anatomic terms… I think this requirement is going to be the hardest to meet.

  • I don’t need a web host that handholds you through creating a webpage. It’s okay if they offer it as an option, but I know how to use HTML very well, and like to customize using it. Some people mentioned sites that don’t allow you to edit in HTML, and that’s no good for me. Make it obvious how/where to upload the txt docs, give me an html editor for the actual web pages, and I’m good.

  • I’d like a web host, if at all possible, that allows you to see how many hits each of your pages gets per day. Geocites method wasn’t perfect, but I found the information valuable.

  • It’d be nice if your recommendation has been around a while and has a good reputation. And you haven’t heard any rumors about its impending closing…

So, got any suggestions?

I pay $6/mo for unlimited (I’m sure it really is limited, but close enough) hosting space at http://www.hostmonster.com/ I’m sure they have stats (I don’t bother) but you can always embed google tracking code if they don’t, that’s free.

This thead definitely needs a bump, and more responses - I’m going to have the same problem, except I cannot justify spending any hosting money what-so-over (it’s a site for a local singles group, and I already spend enough of my own money as coordinator on incidentals etc.).
Someone in another thread mentioned 000webhost.com, which seemed rather good to be true, but if it’s good or somebody has other free hosting ideas, lets hear them…here.
Important to be able to upload html files (I chopped it down recently to 4 files, as it was just too big and boring), one page being an event calendar which I need to update each month. Well, does anybody do something like this using Myspace (which I suppose you cannot upload html files) or equivalent, maybe a cut 'n paste deal, but very easy?

I’m really not trying to be rude, but I had no idea geocities still existed.

I’m sure you’ll find all kinds of alternatives

What he said. I bailed on them back…yeesh… I think the Republicans were very annoyed that Clinton had won reelection, there was an upgrade to Windows95 that the PC users were looking forward to, and Geocities had started embedding intrusive ads and additional/new geocities logos right in the middle of your own HTML pages without asking.

I just checked the folder containing website files from my old geocities location, and one of them is a resume. Last job listed: 1997

Crap, Geocities is closing?

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/7281/Perry.htm

That was my dad’s life’s work, and no paper records remain. I don’t have the login info for his Geocities account and it makes me oddly sad to think that all his work is going to vanish in a puff of smoke when Geocities closes their doors. I hadn’t given it any thought for ages, but it was always kinda nice that Googling his name brought up his efforts.

Any ideas how to save all of that stuff for posterity?

I don’t know what browser you use, but if you check under the “File” tab there will likely be a link that says something like “Save Page As…” That will let you save the files from the webpage to look at or upload to another more secure location.
Good luck with preserving it. I know how important little things like that can be :slight_smile:

Is that something I’ll need to to page-by-page, or is there a way to download the whole thing at one pass? And thank you!

I sure hope someone has some good answers for this! I just made a wedding webpage last month for my new husband and I (we just got married March 31 and I wanted to share all the stuff with friends and family who couldn’t attend). I tried a few days ago to make another webpage for our new family, but then I saw the news that geocites was closing. Now I’ll have to find a new place to put my wedding pictures and information… I’d hate to have to pay money for a webpage that’s just for my friends and family!

Soul, I googled and found this for downloading entire sites - there’s a 30-day free trial which might put a watermark or something into downloaded pages, but I’m sure there are ways around it.

For hosting I use www.dreamhost.com, recommended by Kal. Dirt cheap, no worrying content policy that I can see, lots of freebies, and the most exemplary, helpful customer support I’ve ever encountered with any company, ever.

HTTrack is a solid tool for archiving entire websites, but if those letter indexes are all you need and you’re not good with computers then it could be more trouble getting it set up right than doing it manually. It’s been a long time since I needed the program so I couldn’t tell you how user-friendly it is.

That website looks like it was generated automatically from a genealogy database. If you have any computer-savvy family members and any idea where your dad’s computer stuff would have gotten to, that database might be more useful anyway.

Actually, here, I did it for you. Download, unzip somewhere, open Perry.htm. Be sure you save it somewhere as it’s liable to disappear from my space arbitrarily.

Well, so far I haven’t had much luck, which is why I’m hoping to hear some more recommendations for free (Please note: NOT CHEAP; NOT DIRT CHEAP - FREE only) hosting (yeah, I know I get what I pay for - that’s why I was perfectly content w/ Geocities - I had a simple little site which got the info out as needed, no worries since it was well under 4G a month, and they had to go and muck things up).

Sorry, I’m a bit irked right now. I’ll behave…

http://www.allcheaphosting.com/mfeelist1.phtml - cheap hosting review site

http://www.free-webhosts.com/webhosting-01.php - free hosting review site. You may have to try a few to find one you like.

If it’s fanfic, why not put it up on Adultfanfiction.net or another site like that? (Admittedly you don’t have as much control. On the other hand, more people may see it. Livejournals are also good for that.)

Good luck.

It’s not my stories that are the problem, it’s other people’s: I’ve just archived the stories for them. Currently the archive is handier and more user-friendly for people to search than live journal or fanfic.net.

Angelfire is still alive and kicking and they offer free webhosting with the option to add more hard drive space and dump the ads with a paid subscription.

I haven’t logged into my Angelfire account in years (and I just checked, it’s dead Jim), but I remember it being very easy to use back in the late 90s/early 2000s.

THANK YOU! Wow, really, thanks! This was very nice of you :smiley:

How long have you had your site with them?

Since 2003 I think? I also use it to host three or four of my freelance clients’ sites.

They have a really handy register domain + host site piece on the user control panel, so the last time I set up a site (to raise money for the Burmese cyclone victims), I went from nothing at all to a site with a new domain name within three hours.

Wow, I had completely forgotten about Geocities.

To show you how long ago it was since I last went there, they used to have it in tables format…I think maybe six or eight squares per page in bright colors …and you clicked on them to see what people had posted.

Can it be that I remember that from about 1994 or so?