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      16.05.2003 06:31
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      Free, you get what you pay for.

      Geocities is the best known free host on the internet. We've all seen them,

      http://uk.geocities.com/longdaftusername,
      usually the home of some tacky personal pages with music and bouncing animations. Why would anyone want to host their site there?

      It's true that the Geocities pages suffer from an image problem. Prepare to be tarred by association if you choose this host for your website. Geocities webmasters are united by the desire to spend absolutely no money whatsoever on hosting. So although there are some good Geocities-hosted sites, there are plenty of ones that have as little though invested in them as money, and it's the truly awful ones that get remembered.

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        22.07.2002 23:34
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        I have waited years to get a scanner and have the computer to cope with it. As I cannot afford to pay to have a webpage created for me and I do not know HTML I recommend Geocities (now Yahoo Geocities). Geocities is Free, with the option to upgrade and get a personalised web domain. In my opinion and having trawled most of the other'free' hosts out there they are the best and easiest to use. What you get with Page Builder is a 'drag and drop' way of doing things, you need know no HTML but still have the option of including it in your pages if you need to. Everything is as easy to use as windows, there are also Icons if you don't want to go to the drop down menus. I found PageBuilder an excellent tool in (finally!) creating my webpage. You can insert images, links, a guest book, change background colours, add text all in just a few minutes. If you don't want to start a page from scratch then there are several pre-made pages, such as 'personal home page' 'photograph albums', 'announcements' etc. Please feel free to look at my page as an example of what Pagebuilder can do (my site does not sell anything, so I assume that is okay to say here)

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          11.12.2001 22:10
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          Introduction Geocities was my first stop when I got the idea into my head that I needed a website. Around my college I saw lots of people using this thingy called page builder so I thought I’d take a look. After a while I started to use more complicated programs to make my site such as Dreamweaver, FrontPage and Publisher. Even though I changed the way I made my sites I never changed my host. Getting started To find Geocities its best to go to Yahoo first then you will find a link toward the top of the page that will take you to the Geocities home page. Once you are there you can search through a few other peoples sites to take a look at previous efforts before trying your own. Signing up is easy and wont take long and you wont be far from your website being complete. Remember to choose a user name that is suitable to your site as it will be in the websites Internet address. Services and features Geocities has plenty of help sections and even dedicated forums and chat rooms where you can find some useful people to give you a hand. There is the option to customise a template using one of the wizards or even use Geocities own online web building tool Page builder to make your website. This is a great little thing for getting you started and more accustomed with managing your files. Page builder allows you to make very basic pages for your site but you can only edit one page at a time and it has limited options. The file manager is very easy to use and allows you to do many things such as edit html, delete pages, rename pages or upload individual files. One of the great things about it is the variety of files you can upload for a free service. Most image, sound and movie files are supported unlike many of the other free hosts. Geocities also has lots of great add ons for your site such as trackers, counters, guest books and news headlines. There are plenty of little things to add and probably something for everyone. Surprisingly Geoc
          ities also supports FrontPage extensions allowing easier uploading for people using this program and some extra advanced features. Problems with the service So far I have tried many times to upload my own forms created in Publisher and FrontPage and even with the supposed extensions they never seem to work. Looking through the help pages hasn’t been able to provide the answer and none of the experts or people on the forums seem to be of any help. This is very annoying, as I really want to add some forms to my site. Being a free host you only get limited space of 15 megabytes and the very annoying pop up adverts that you find on many sites. My biggest problem that I constantly discover is that using the file manager or any other ftp uploading program can cause some images and pages to upload wrong. You will have to check your site after uploading to see if everything is as it should be. Sometimes I have problems uploading pages and get an error message saying the file format was invalid even though it was only a html page. Run time errors are quite frequent as well but I have no idea what this means as I just close them anyway. Conclusion There are some problems with the service that make me very reluctant to ever try the premium hosting that you have to pay for. Even with these problems it’s very easy to make a good functional site with a pretty easy to remember url. For beginners it’s an ideal package that does well to help get some first time efforts onto the net before moving onto better things. So far I haven’t managed to find a free service that’s as quick and easy to use and supports so many features. That is why I always end up going back to Geocities and why I thought I would write an opinion on the subject.

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            29.09.2001 06:19
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            Geocities is the best way to mark your place on the Internet. It allows you to create a fantastic webpage all for free! First of all, you have to sign up with Geocities. This is a very simple process and takes no longer than two minutes to complete. It is here where you choose your site name, for example, http://www.geocities.com/yournamehere The only disadvantage to this is that many names are already taken, but if you are imaginative, you may just think of one that someone hasn't got! The next process is to decide to build your site using HTML or Pagebuilder. Pagebuilder is a fantastic online tool which allows you to create your site without knowing all the HTML language and programming jargon. Pagebuilder has many page templates to choose from, as well as selecting your fonts, backgrounds, font colours and font styles. You can even add sounds, pictures, and extra add-ons such as games and other special effects such as hit counters and guestbooks to your site, all pretty cool as its free and incredibly easy to use! The HTML aspect of Geocities is also simple if you are experienced with this kind of language. Everything is very nicely set-out, so you have everything you need at the click of a button or the move of the mouse. Overall, I revcommend that you use Geocities to build a nice looking, attractive web page. Whether your producing a business site, a site for school, friends or anything else, Geocities is definitely worth using. For a sample of what Pagebuilder can do, you can visit my site http://www.chelseafc.cn.st If Geocities was not here today, my site wouldn't even be on the Internet.

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              27.08.2001 05:22
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              When I first wanted to build a webpage I really didn't want to buy a domain as their mega-bucks! I started looking around places such as, Homestead, and Tripod. But none of them suited me! Homestead was to easy and was for a first time creater and and just didn't fancy Tripod. So I went to yahoo and searched, 'Free Webpage' and it came up with Yahoo Gocities. I signed up and was given a free webpage. The first thing that come up when your logged in is a screen with all the features. There are 5 ways of ceating a webpage with Yahoo: 1) Yahoo PageWizards. This is the simplist way of creating a webpage. You just answer a few question, choose your style and add the text, and there you go! This is for the firs timers! EASY! 2) Yahoo PageBuilder. This is the middle way. This Page builder is a drop & Drag builder. Where you choose the function and place it on the page. This is relativly easy but you have to think. This option give you lots more features including: i) Counter ii) Guestbook iii) and control. 3) This is the 2nd hardest. This is Basic HTML. HTML is a net language that creates webpages. With Basic HTML you dont have to type it all. You just put your details in the texboxs and Yahoo will do the typing. But you do have to type some. You must type the body of the webpage in HTML. So you have to know basic HTML. 4)Advanced HTML. This is the hardest of the lot. You have to write the whole webpage in HTML with no help. 5) Uploading. Many computers now have Frontpage Express. With yahoo you can create a webpage with Frontpage Express (you don't have to be conneced to the net) and upload it to yahoo (you must be connected to upload files). There are many other features, including: · Site Statistics · Home Page Settings · Personal Address · GeoPlus . Members Chat . Yahoo Experts . Yahoo Direcory The is of course a space l
              imit. Yahoo lets you have a quota of 15,000,000 bytes. Which is quite a lot for a free service. Please check out my Yahoo Geocities websites at: http://www.fun01.findhere.com Yahoo Geocities is definitly a brilliant service! But there are a few problems with is. I mean you end up at the end with a huge ugly web address: http://www.geocities.com/aleyroberts/horoscopes.html That is ugly. If you use Yahoo Geocities make sure you get WebDiversion!

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                28.04.2001 05:41
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                Geocities.com is a well established service provided as part of Yahoo.com Yahoo! GeoCities is a publishing community where you can set-up your own web site for free. Whether you want to create an online family photo album or your own entertainment site, they provide you with all the tools you need to create and maintain your presence on the web. They provide you with several ways for you to create and publish your site. Choose from the step-by-step Yahoo! PageWizards for beginners, to the File Manager and Advanced HTML Editor for more advanced users. Geocities even gives tips and hints on how to promote your site and increase web-traffic to it. The Site Statistics service tells you all sorts of information on the people that are visiting your web-site and each individual page of your site from what kind of Operating System they use to the screen resolution they are using to view your site as well as the browser type and version and whether they have Java or not. I found the Yahoo! PageBuilder web-app to be quite useful and the whole of my site is built using it. It's a quick loading and powerful web-application that allows you to drag and drop creation of your web-site. You are provided with 15MB of web-space, a range of Page-Building tools and acces to the entire Yahoo! Network. You can be building your pages very quickly and easily and add to the junk on the internet which is already present in a few minutes! For a charge you are allowed to add more space to your web-site or purchase your own domain with a dedicated server of your own at a fixed fee. Within a month or two you will have your site up and running for all your friends and family to see and you'll be receiving plenty of hits and plenty of entry's into your guestbook. I recommend this service and think that it is an excellent choice for beginners and intermediate users.

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                07.03.2001 03:14
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                Geocities is one of the biggest webhosting sites on the internet and Really couldn't be any easier to use. All you have to do is either already be a member of yahoo with your own screen name or sign up if your not. The only thing you need is an idea for a website and the will to update it regulary or stick with it untill its finished. My advice to start off with is if you are amazing at making web pages with using only HTML codes then get a decent website making prgram like arachnophilia (which I use) make your site offline and upload it. If you are new to the web page building business but are desperate to make a site then geocities.com really is the site you need. They offer a lot of stuff to help your webpage look good. Fist of all you can choose one of their own backrounds and layouts to use, you can then either upload pictures from your computer or you can choose some of the pictures Geocities.com have to offer. All you need ot do then is add some writing in and then make some more pages. Going back to what I said before about the website building programs like arachnophilia, well you can use geocities own advanced HTML editor but i prefer to stick with the programs. Once you have made your site whatever way you have made it you can now add the some of the following things free of charge from Geocities.com: 1)A guest book - so your visiters to leave comments about your site. 2)A counter - so that you and your visiters can see how many people have been to your site. 3)The weather - you can have weather from any in England on there. 4)Yahoo search - so people can search yahoo from your site. 5)Your birthday countdown clock - If it is a site about yourself this can be used but it counts down your birthday in American time. There are many many more features but I won't write about them incase if you aren't already bored with this opinon you become more bored. They also have a thi
                ng called site statisics which tell you lots of information about your visters who visit your page. It can tall you how many visited what page, the date and the hour tyhey visited in, how they got to your site, what browser they used and much more. If like me you do your page offline and upload you pictures and your pages then the facility they have for you to edit them is very good. You can see easily what you have uploaded what time it was last edited and it make them easy to delete aswell. When I first tried to find a webhost for my site I automatically went to fortune city because I thought it must be good with 100 mb off free space. Don't get me wrong i'm not saying it isn't good but what I am saying is firstly you don't need 100 MB unless you are creating a supersite and secondly they help is rubbish. When you sign up to them they get your page ready for you and if you go onto your site you find that it says I'll be moving in soon. Now with me being new to all the stuff when I did this I wanted to put my front page up so i deleted what they had up there. I uploaded my page and found that I couldn't get it up on my proper site. I e-mailed them and asked them. After 4 days wuith no reply I went looking else where. I found geocities and did exactly the same. But this time it actually told me why it wouldn't work. It stated that I ahd no index.html. I changed my main page to that and it worked. After 2 weeks fourtune city e-mailed me back telling me exactly what I had just done. Overall I rate Geocities better than Fortune city and reccommend it to any new webpage builder.

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                21.11.2000 19:44

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                Geocities really couldn't be any easier to use. There is plenty of easy help and the benefit of being in a large community. You can upload and edit html files without the need for an FTP program. There are even easy to use templates for non net savvy. There is also a handy section on site promotion. I would recommend this host for the beginner or a homepage enthusiast, though there may be a stigma attached to a geocities address. A business user might like a larger size allocation and the flexibility of tailored CGI's etc. Also the flexibility to advertise what you want (or indeed nothing at all) on your page.

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                08.11.2000 17:29
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                I was originally with Geocities before Yahoo bought them, and so have seen the offering progress. It has clearly benefited from having Yahoo's backing behind it, although the service is still a bit lacklustre for anyone wanting a serious webpresence. Following the tie in with Yahoo, you are given webspace as part of your Yahoo e-mail account. There are a wide range of templates and PageWizards to help beginners along, and get your first page up quickly, and then for more advanced needs there are the File Manager (FTP program) and the the advanced HTML editor, as well as a pseudo WYSIWYG engine, the Yahoo! PageBuilder. As far as plus points go, Geocities does offer a great deal of help, taking the fear and trepidation out of creating a homepage. For FrontPage 2000, it also supports FrontPage extensions which is more than a lot of similar offerings do. On the downside, there is the negative/non-existent cachet of a geocities.com page. Geocities is the home to some of the most sordid and disgusting material on the net, and its reputation has suffered because of this. Geocities has also moved away from its "Cities" idea, and as such the name is no longer a pertinent one. Of course the old sites still exist, showing a certain degree of schizophrenia on the side of geocities, and the site could therefore do with a radical overhaul, especially as there are probably hundreds and thousands of "dormant" sites. Overall I would recommend geocities if you want to get up and running quickly and have straightforward needs, but otherwise there are better alternatives. For people based in the UK, I would recommend a UK based solution, as it is pointless sending your data to a server on the West Coast of the States if your target audience has a catchment area of 10 miles.

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                  31.10.2000 16:04
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                  I have a baby daughter and access to a scanner and a digital camera, so of course I wanted to show my daughter off on the web. I tried to design a webpage at ivillage.com but found it so difficult to follow and so complicated. It took forever to look through designs etc and I gave up in the end. Then someone suggested homestead to me, so i took a look there, but it looked complicated and I couldn't figure it out at all. Last but not least I tried Yahoo Geocities and the results are fantastic. At first I tried their web wizard for absolute beginners, but the choice was very limited and I did not like any of the designs of the backgrounds. All you have to do is answer a few questions though and your page is more or less deigned for you. I then daringly proceeded to use their page builder. It takes between 3 and 5 minutes to launch. There is a pagebuilder tutorial if you have never used it before, which shows you how to get your backgrounds, write text and upload your pictures. Once you have used the tutorial once, you won't need to use it again. Once you have all your pictures and text, you simply click on it with your mouse to move things around until you are satisfied. When all your pages are complete, it is easy to link all your pages together. My webpage is http://www.geocities.com/jill_berry_uk You can all kinds of things like a counter, guestbook, music. You can have images such as trailing words and pictures.

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                  26.10.2000 21:18
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                  Need a webpage? quick, easy and most importantly free?. I've been a member of geocities for about 3 years and after using several different online webpage creaters and providers this has to be the best. You get a lot of space, theres a lot of free utilities such as paste in java applets and the webpage creater comes in a basic version (click and place such like) and advanced version (better for people that know html)I havn't really used the basic version before (i've known html from a very early age...i could probably compute before i could read) The advanced version lets you preview your work and save and delete it all with one click of a button. the file manager lets you manage and keep your files all together on an online server it allows you to upload and download images and html files easily. The server itself is fast and it doesn't have big advertising banners put on your pages to make it free although it does have a little clickable window that comes up advertising geocities. Since I've been using this from an early age I would say geocities was very user friendly and its teaming up with yahoo has made it more accessible with shorter webpage addresses and lots more of utilies. I have nothing less than a thumbs up for Geocities. Ci

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                  26.10.2000 19:14
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                  When you get a yahoo ID you can build your own web page. They are really easy to follow and even a person like me can create one. You can follow their wizard who does all the work for you. Just type in your information and let the wizard create your information. However, I am still working on it as it takes a bit of time if you want to download your own photos. They have members web pages which you can look at. They are very good. So you can either be a learner like me or be a bit more adept and create a very sophisticated one. I have found that navigation is slow at nights so the best time is in the morning, its pretty fast then. They have a geocities community so you can talk to people who have a web page, so they can give you some tips on how to create a page. And don’t be afraid to ask for help ‘Yahoo Help’ they are a really friendly bunch and are more than happy to answer you’re questions. I will put my homepage on my profile when I finish it. So it will be quite a while yet.

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                  17.10.2000 05:53

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                  I was not that impressed with this provider as I tried it the other night. The first time I went on it and created my webpage I had no problems. Except for a few hiccups adding a picture of my own (theirs were a bit tacky and boring) But when I tried to get online to work on my webpage it was almost impossible. It was slow. The page kept crashing and It wasn't as helpful as it claimed to be. I just assumed it was the website having problems but I have since been told by some friends that it is often like this. I now think I will look for another site to use as this one is definately too much hassle.

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                  13.10.2000 20:21
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                  Geocities was the first free webspace provider I used. It was great at first, a generous 10 megs of webspace, later increased to 15, and later again allowing subdirectories (impossible to manage a website without them!). But pretty soon I was fed up of the constant pop-up adverts on every page if I forgot to put an advert banner on. I agree that they need adverts to keep it free, but it got annoying if your site has frames - one pop-up per page = one per frame. The good thing about Geocities is the online editors. Other providers have online "page makers" but they don't let you use your own designs. But Geocities has an "advanced editor" for those (like myself) who prefer to make the pages in raw HTML. Geocities also has an upload wizard, which lets you upload up to 20 files at a time. I didn't use this much though, it was pretty slow.

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                  28.09.2000 22:48
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                  If you haven't got to grips with HTML or got one of those nifty packages, no worries. You can get a basic webpage at Yahoo Geocities.com. All the software is ther online, you just use a webwizzard to put the page together. You can add photo pages, more pages for other family members etc. You can put in a page about your dog or cat if you like, or any special interest, like your car. There's provision for upto 4 links on each page, so you can direct visitors to your other pages or you favorite websites. Theres also a software download for when you feel capable of a bit more of you own design work, though I've yet to work with that. I'd recommend a geocities page to anyone getting started, although you won't have an interesting domain name, it's a good place to share pics with friends etc. I've now used the online Web wizzard, not the down loadable version as I don't like putting extra stuff on my PC, but it would be useful for those that want to work on their webpage offline. It's very easy to use, even without instructions I think I'd have found out how to use it. All I need now is a scanner and I'll have a great looking home page with fancy artwork. No scary monsters on this website, even for the most PC frightened of us. I'm now going to give it a best as it's not fair to compare it with professional design software, which is the only thing that beats it if you can't write in HTML coding.

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