RIP: Geocities, 1995-2009

RIP: Geocities, 1995-2009

Yahoo has finally decided to shut down its long-time free-hosting service, Geocities. It was 10 years ago that Yahoo acquired Geocities for a huge sum of $3.57 billion.

There will be no more sign-ups starting today and towards the end of this year, all existing accounts will be shut down as well. Active users are advised to download and save their data from their accounts.



Yahoo is offering its professional web hosting services to those who still want to continue and move their sites (its the paid service though). For others, they will still be free hosting service to move to like Blogger or WordPress. I guess Yahoo is just saving up some money in this tough times and it looks like Geocities could be burning some serious cash.

I think I had my very first website back in the 90s on Geocities (or was it Angelfire?). In the days before blogging was known to man, having a Geocities account was the “in thing” then.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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36 Responses

  1. calvin says:

    wooo i used to have an account with geocities din during college before i moved to tripod.

  2. JohnLloy says:

    OH My I remember my first website hosted @ geocities waaa *away need to save old website and old files…*

  3. jojo says:

    those were the days before friendster

  4. Josh says:

    oh my..that was my first free hosting..

  5. Jerome says:

    Waaa. ang una ko na site geocities T_T

  6. biliPH says:

    sad news… i learned basic HTML with this service

  7. Andre Marcelo-Tanner says:

    aww, i used to have a site on geocities because of the large space they gave you (50MB was it?) but then i used angelfire as my url because it was shorter

  8. its sad to say that there would be a lot of newbies in website building that would be affected. my first website is also hosted on geocities.

  9. Jhay says:

    Ah nostalgia! I hope users of the sites I’ve bookmarked have heard of this and would backup their sites, some of the best references for local history are hosted on Geocities.

  10. says:

    I’ve used that on my very first html project in Highschool.

    – Paul Agabin

  11. Rome says:

    what?! Geocities shutting down?! They’ve shut down Yahoo! Briefcase first, now this? well, yeah! I really feel nostalgic about it. This is where my first website was hosted. Now, i’m using Google Pages. And Blogger too! They’re easier to use.. And I like that they’re using AJAX technology. :)

  12. Snow says:

    I guess this is expected since the US Companies are on the losing side. Most of the corporations are in debt.

    Maybe Yahoo is cost-cutting and shutting this down is the best option to save more this 2009.

  13. deuts says:

    I created a site also at geocities before I actually started blogging. The site is still up, though I’ll be sad about this development. You can still access the site I had at

  14. Dinah says:

    hindi ako nagkalakas ng loob mag open ng site sa geocities before. i hope this wont happen to blogger and wordpress.

  15. Ed says:

    aww i remember my first geocities website back in 1995.. it was a tribute to my favorite rap group Wu-Tang Clan.. hahaha wow how times have changed

  16. buknoii says:

    I used to have lots of websites hosted by geocities.. geeez this is sad :(

  17. Darren says:

    In early internet times, many websites hosted @ geocities where I download beauty & porn pics, hehe. Kind of sad indeed ~~~

  18. tank says:

    we will miss you geo. my first hosting website… /sob

  19. the images in my blog are hosted by Geocities :D time to backup them! WAH! :-0

  20. william says:

    i used geocities too. it’s a pity that yahoo didn’t properly manage geocities it had potential.

  21. Papalitan ba nila ung Geocities ng ibang hosting program?

  22. I’ve had my first ever website built at Geocities too. Though i only used their free templates, but also had my first tastes of what HTML was about.

  23. Domotics says:

    Thats really sad…I will have to download all of my files. Thanks for the info. It was really helpfull.

  24. Ouch! I’m a very sentimental person. I value my first site; that is hosted on Geocities.

  25. Ederic says:

    Sa Geocities ko rin ginawan ng sites ang orgs ko sa college nung mid to late 90s.

  26. One of the first websites are in Geocities and angelfire.

    It guess its about time to cut on operating expenses that does not bring profit.

  27. abscbnlive says:

    i will miss geocities

  28. jared says:

    lol i think geocities is ugly

  29. Niick says:

    Sabi na nga ba darating rin to. Closing Geocities to clear up some space for their unlimited storage in email. Tsk3

  30. it is home for some bogus sites too… maybe that’s one of the reason they have to shut it down. well, its just a maybe.

  31. CC Lozano says:

    That’s sad. I too used to have a Geocities account.

  32. Gerard Banasig says:

    Geocities will always be remembered, a website back then

  33. Liz says:

    awww, nandun yung first ever website ko! hehe.

  34. july23 says:

    I use to have geocities account before when i started web developing,is was a big contribution with my learning.
    RIP to geocities. lol

  35. syxx says:

    sino may account ng geocities?
    nabigyan kasi ako ng parang promo para mgmigrate sa new host system kaso need ng account ng geocites un ang pang verify na subs ka nga. free domain hosting at registration for 2 years with unlimited bandwidth. meron pa ako 5 code. email nio lang ako d2 [email protected]

  36. Да, таких зачетных блогов я еще не видел! Этот блог даст фору многим сайтам ( по содержанию и не только)! Пять баллов!

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