This is a GeoCities site. GeoCities is owned by Yahoo! A couple of months ago, the following
announcement appeared on the opening GeoCities page.
(You can skip down to the bottom of this page to see that the situation probably won't present the big
problem that the first announcement indicated.)
After careful consideration, Yahoo! has decided to close GeoCities later this year.
You can continue enjoying your GeoCities service until then, and when we close, we'll make it easy for
you to transition to Yahoo! Web Hosting. You don't need to change a thing right now — we just wanted
to let you know about the closure as soon as possible. We'll share more details this summer. For
now, please visit the help center for more information.
Well, okay, they're going to make it easy. Sounds good. Then it occurred to me that I've done hundreds
of pages with thousands of internal links. All of these links include "geocities" as part of the URL. Will
they work when there is no GeoCities? I put that question on the GeoCities message boards and
received the following reply:
No. Links to geocities won't work when geocities does not exist.
Also, I think you will find that editing Pagebuilder pages when there is no Pagebuilder is more than just
a little difficult.
Which was probably the point of fooling people into using Pagebuilder in the first place, so they should
Yes, it IS sort of possible to edit them in Notepad or whatever. Just editing existing text slightly won't be
hard. But when it comes to changing layout features, or adding more text than there is room for, you will
be in trouble. Long term, learning from scratch how to make normal pages will be far easier.
And later the same person added:
I've been thinking some more about your site. There is a program called EditPad (google it). This
makes it possible, after you download your pages, to open ALL of the pages in EditPad (or a couple of
hundred at a time, looks as if you have a lot of pages), and do a search and replace routine. Check the
box for "in all open documents", and replace http://www.geocities.com/daninhopedale/ with nothing.
Then there is a button to save all open documents.
In a short time, you should be able to edit all the links.
Next, download a file called
upload to new site and replace
When you have done this, you can start learning html, and replace your pages one by one as they
develop a need for editing.
And no, html is NOT complicated. On the contrary. The code for a typical page on your site (one
column of text and an image) is so much simpler than Pagebuilder code that you will find it hard to
If you look at the source code of your pages, Pagebuilder creates a table, and filles the first row with
variations of this invisible image in various widths to organize the layout of your page.I FTPed my site
to my own computer to save a copy. Then I got a new Yahoo account (with my own URL) and put it
back up on that site (again using an FTP program - filezilla) while keeping my GeoCities account
active. This time I've got my own domain name on the Yahoo account so I will never lose the URL I
have for my site again. But keeping the Geocities account open until they shut it down allows me to put
a notice on it that the site will be going down and pointing to the new site.
Another person on the GeoCities message boards sent this:
I FTPed my site to my own computer to save a copy. Then I got a new Yahoo account (with my own
URL) and put it back up on that site (again using an FTP program - filezilla) while keeping my
GeoCities account active. This time I've got my own domain name on the Yahoo account so I will never
lose the URL I have for my site again. But keeping the Geocities account open until they shut it down
allows me to put a notice on it that the site will be going down and pointing to the new site.
If you liked the GeoCities interface, the Yahoo one seems to be the same. I had a lot of links pointing
to my old site from other people's websites, so I contacted some of those people to let them know
about the new web address for my site.
You might try this if as you say you think it is worth something to keep the Geocities site. Hosting the
same site on Yahoo seems about the same with some upgrades possible.
It was a lot of work, but part of that was changing the URLs to relative URLs which I should have had all
So it sounds as though I can take care of this. It just might take a year or two. Does anyone have any
other ideas? Any optimists who can tell me that Yahoo can set it up so URLs containing "geocities" will
still work? Any easier ways to solve the problem if they don't? Email me.
After several months of going through the sort of thing you see above, Yahoo/GeoCities finally came
out with the far less alarming announcement:
GeoCities is closing, but your site will not change.
We're closing GeoCities on October 26, 2009, but as a valued GeoCities Plus customer, you won't
experience any change to your site. After we close, you can upgrade your GeoCities Plus account to
Yahoo! Web Hosting at no extra charge for five years.
When you move to Web Hosting, you'll gain some great features, including a personalized domain
name (like widgetdesigns.com), matching email, our easiest-to-use site building tool, 24-hour phone
support, and more.
After October 26, when you sign in to your GeoCities Control Panel, we'll ask you to choose a domain
name. Then you'll sign in to your new Web Hosting Control Panel much like you signed in here today.
You don't need to do anything to prepare.
Well, here it is, several years later (December 2013) and I just happened to bump into this page again.
Turned out, I had to do a lot. Yahoo set it up so that anyone trying to get to any of the old pages with
geocities in the URL would get to the homepage, but that's it. None of the others would work. I brought
up the HTML of each page, did a Find and Replace changing the old URL to the new one and FTP'd it.
By spending a few hours a day on it, I got all the pages done in about two weeks. BTW, the Yahoo
Pagemaker looked identical to the GeoCities Pagemaker, but it wouldn't work with any of the pages.
Pages that didn't need additions or changes were okay, but the others had to be remade. Eventually I
changed to Yahoo's Filebuilder, which I like much better. Same thing, of course. I've had to remake a
lot of pages, including what I'm doing now with this one.