"older" internet Anonymous 216
remember when, before social networks got huge, everyone had their own little website? a custom made corner of the internet to display your interests and personality? gfx sites with paint shop pro tutorials?
the only comparable thing I can think of today is Tumblr, but it seems like personal websites have died out.
I miss Paint Shop Pro. I still used it in college (~2009-2013) to make graphics for tumblr/LJ. I found it easier to use than Photoshop, and I'd get so salty when my friends were using something else.
I made my dad buy me a domain when I was like 12 (so this is way older, like early 2000s) so I could be one of those cool kids with "affiliates" and practice CSS. I literally just made everything table-based. I learned about FTP, that was sort of cool, I guess. Everything seems really dated now. I should have kept learning.
>LJ layouts with huge headers/graphics
>LJ icon communities
I miss those times.
Back then I had a site with friends when we were 13/14 where we wrote short stories.
Later I had a personal blog for edgy goth things.
I do like Tumblr because at least you can customize layouts but since you mostly use your dashboard you don't really get to see much of them.
Most people today seem to focus more on (re)posting pictures than writing things which often doesn't show a lot of their personality. But I understand people not wanting to share that since it might make you look bad or offend someone and most people don't like to deal with the consequences that can have.
Oh god yes. Yes.
When I was 13 I learned HTML off of coding these things. I had my own little website running off of the Freewebs servers called defeateddarkangels.freewebs.net where I uploaded weeb tunes and generic anime wallpapers, stuff like picture related. Anime art was a lot purer back then; so much nekomimi schoolgirl.
lmao all of my shit was table based too.
Were you a slut for drop-down menus as well? I had those things EVERYWHERE.
Different anon but my shit was iframes and imagemaps.
I loved using dropdrown menus for my navigation. Made them super cute with dashed borders.
I think I had over 20 fanlistings at one point, mostly for video game characters, j-pop singers, etc. just so I had an excuse to make beautiful layouts in Photoshop. I ran so many fansites and media sites, I wish I had screenshots of them all. :(
Pic is of my favorite anime layouts site back in the day. Does anyone happen to remember the name of that popular website you could submit free layouts to? It was THE site of that era mid 2000s to find so many of those type of layouts. Also Aethereality.net
Me again, also OP so glad you made this thread. I once tried on that graphics board they introduced later on on 4chan and no one knew wtf I was on about
I used to plunder sites like that for my Neopets profile and guild layouts! I miss those days, when the internet was so convoluted and disorganised and before Google went mega-corporate.
Me too, and I remember scanning manga pages to colorize them and make graphics, lol
If anyone wants to browse some cute lil homepages that are somehow still up:http://www.bookmice.net/
I still run one of these sites and miss the scene badly. I really wish there were more personal web pages around.
neocities.org seems to be the perfect platform to revive all of this. Anyone in?
Oh my god, this is great. I was going through some of the sites and found this: https://cherrychan.neocities.org/home.html
>Update 2/15/2016 - iluvcatgrls999999999 and im_k were married today to Felicia and Yukiko (respectively.) What a joyous day!
>Have you ever wanted to marry an anime character? Well, now you can! Just fill out the form below, and I will email you your marriage certificate! You can put this certificate on your website to show your love to the whole world. I am actually an ordained minister, so your marriage will be legally and spiritually binding on heaven and on earth!
I can't tell if this is parody or not, but I'm glad this exists in 2017. The updates are from 2016. I didn't think weeaboos were even like this nowadays? This seems very early 2000s and I love it.
Anyway, what sort of site do you run, anon? I actually really like this platform. I might sign up.
Am I too old or does anyone remember Piczo (around 2004?). So many glitter gifs your pc would crash and you wouldn't be able to talk to your crush on msn lollll
Geocities up in this mf lol
My site isn't much at the moment- it's horribly outdated (I've been running it throughout multiple instances since I was 10.) If it was newer and didn't have blatant cringe on the older pages I'd plug the link.
I've always wanted to start up a new site, just for fun. You should definitely sign up, anon- it's a blast :)
I think I just stumbled across the personal webpage of a schizophrenic. There's quite literally hundreds of diary entries on this site filled with nonsensical ramblings on politics and god. He has links to 14 individual Facebook profiles and 8 other sites filled with diary entries.https://zegord.neocities.org
>my Black list below shows individuals had been fooling around with me while I was under their supervision & brain connection. Each one of them has a story with me! The question is why they have to interfere with my life, destiny & soul? They hurt me much & were not giving me my privacy, secrecy & put me under their brain attack!
>They really so shit in doing this to me since a long time back & up to now! Not stopping! Other than TV electronic harassments & to my brain! Their comments in whispers that I hear other than people endless subject & insults! Should I bother? They attacking me indoor knowing I'm home alone!
Great idea we can try take over tumblr with this idea or use neocities anyone else in? Would be fun to have our crystal community:D
i remember there used to be a shitload of these types of personal websites for dollmaker people, like their personal blogs mixed with their pixel art, dolls, bases and dress ups
maybe it's just misguided nostalgia but it feels like there was a stronger sense of community even though the circles were smaller. tumblr now feels really impersonal. even pixel related stuff aside, i want personal blogging to come back. nothing fancy, but it was kinda comfy to read people's daily stuff and see pictures of random shit they've got going on
also did anyone else go on pixelbee? i used to love that website but never found out what happened to it
I'm building my new site on Neocities. https://firewired.neocities.org/
If anyone else wants to make a site over there, we can link to each-other's projects in our footers.
Ahh, I love the idea of starting this up again, but I also don't know what I'd put on it.
god bless you OP, i forgot about these little sites until now
Okay, I'm in. Going to dig on my old computer and see if I can find anything from when I had a graphics 'shop' on gaia.
Anonymous Admin 482
We will offer free crystal.cafe subdomains (e.g. yourname.crystal.cafe) if there is any interest! You can also use them for Tumblr or any other page.
That's amazing, Admin. Count me in when all of that is set up.
That would be really awesome! Thank you Admin. I actually ended up making 2 neocities sites because the first one was a bit too nice and I wanted to put personal stuff on it. I'm going full 2000's weeb with this next one though.
So as far as I understand this, this would be used as a custom domain?
I've get almost 100+ (unique) views on my blog every day and am high ranking in certain search results so I might jump in.
It could bring in a few people, but most of them would probably be fitfags (no, not from /fit/) so idk yet.
Will this be board based (as in there's a template provided) or all your own content?
Anonymous Admin 533
I'm happy to see the excitement! Your subdomain will redirect to an URL of your choice: a blog, Tumblr, your Facebook, or your custom website.
If you want one, please email me at [email protected]
and tell me the following:>your subdomain
example: yourname.crystal.cafe>where you want us to set the redirect to
example: yourname.neocities.org>If you want to be listed in a directory/listing of all crystal.cafe subdomains for users to browse and discuss (I will make a thread for this)
If you change providers or want us to change the redirect for any reason, we will, as long as it's not ridiculously often.
I went to look up a livejournal that I used to follow back in the day, one particular entry kinda had a big effect on me and I was sentimental about it. The blog hasn't been updated in years, but it had been online for a long time after going quiet.
When I checked today the whole blog was deleted and I am very sad about that. I wish I had saved that one entry, and I thought people in this thread might relate to that feeling.
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Aw man, I miss this style of web design so much. I had my own little website from being 13-17. Started on Piczo then eventually moved into doing proper html/css.
Screenshot was taken from waybackmachine so the Iframe isn't correct, but yeah.
I really want to get back into it again, actually.
The internet before all of today's popular social media was a great place. Everything was so new and fresh and not super mainstream yet. I remember my cousin made a website dedicated to her favorite boyband and when I told people at school about it they were so interested. Now you tell people you have an Instagram and they think your begging for follows or something
True, back then was a nice simpler time.
That was adorable, thank you for posting. Internet culture really changed.. I wish more people would show their possessions in this way.
I kind of miss LJ days and wish it would slowly come back, I just miss old websites and small communities in general they've had such a nice feel to them and they weren't so competitive like today (or at least the ones I've been apart of)
Tumblr's interface is utter shit, VASTLY inferior to even 2000-era Livejournal, which had things like a calendar, a list of posts with titles, and comments were counted as comments. On Tumblr every interaction with a post is lumped in with it's comments.
I miss proper forums, too.>tfw when currently working on a full redesign of my website, all hand-coded in notepad and table-based.>tfw when people's screenshots of thier 17-year-old sites on here are way better than what I can do now.
'least it loads quickly.
don't worry anon, back 15 years ago, everything was html, it's much easier than the code you're doing.
my favorite type of internet>>217
I still use PSP once in a while lol
anyone remember when Paint Shop Pro brushes were a thing?
Same. I miss LJ and fishing for icon and journal sets. I miss mIRC. I still remember getting my Neopets shop graphics from JessiokaFroka on her Boomspeed page. I miss old Gaia, too. The place completely went to shit and even Lanzer being back hasn't brought back even a fraction of the userbase.>>217
This image really takes me back. I remember when so many of the Sailor Moon websites I used to visit were stylized exactly like that and had sections for sprites and affiliate banners. I sometimes use the Wayback Machine to look at places I used to frequent and it depresses me.
I just miss these really pretty, old anime type websites like this. I feel like social media has only made people more vapid and in a frenzy to gain the most likes.
Before, little communities would exist on forums and webrings like this. In general, I wish people made their own websites with their own content. Tumblr is nothing but reblogging trash and there's no easy way to follow someone just for personal entries.
I'm so nostalgic for the mid to late 2000s internet! I spent my middle school days browsing anime shrines and personal websites, quizilla, gaiaonline, dollmaker sites, and invisionfree forums.
Does anyone remember Anime Requiem? I played a lot of Neopets back then and it was a popular site. They used radio blog club for their playlists, pic related.
I really miss the intimacy of forums and oekaki boards. Social media feels too open, there's no sense of community anymore.
I really miss the smaller, intimate communities that the older internet had. I remember roleplaying on small forums and using glittergraphics.com to add a little ~spice~ to my posts. I also remember using "=)" instead of ":)" emoticons to be ~different~ lol. The relationships I made off those forums back in like the early 2000's really shaped me and I treasure how sincere they were. You don't rly get that anymore. The only other similar relationships I really created online were through small minecraft servers, back in it's early non-commercialized days. I find it funny when my irl friends who never used forums or only used today's current social media tell me ~cool new hip internet lingo~ like "lolz" or "lolcats" and say they introduced it to me when I've been seeing this shit for years.
I use social media like instagram and stuff but it's really not the same. Very much a lack of community. In addition it just really feels like a competition all the time, and I feel like every little move you make will be judged. It also feels a lot more fake and lacks personality.
That's why I like places like this, it's a lot more comfy and intimate.
Agreed. I joined Instagram when it was first created.
>9 squares>refresh button>mostly asians posting cat and food photos
Its changed drastically and even prior to the massive change nobody was very interested in communicating with one another. I had hoped it would be different, but its just a place to post photos. Peach app could have been something great, but it bombed hard. Minty is an IG knock-off and also doesn't promote any sort of socialization.
I love Peach and I'm sad it's dead
me too, I'd revive mine if others did too.
Anybody remember character shrines? I used to read those collections of personal essays on characters for hours, even if I was only vaguely interested in a game or anime.
Yes! People had shrines for just about everything back in the day. I wonder if there's any that are still up now. Did anyone have a shrine themselves? It was always a goal to make one, but I didn't get to before they fell out of style.
Why don't you make one now, anon? I'm looking at PSP tutorials right now. I really dig this aesthetic, shame I wasn't so internet savy when they were popular.
I don't know, I guess I'd feel kind of silly since I'm not a teenager anymore. I used to have all the time in the world and now I have to hustle. Miss those carefree days of browsing the net all day.
Haha, yeah it does feel kinda silly but it's your little corner in the internet, you know? No one needs to know about it. I'm making mine a personal blog instead of a shrine (I couldn't figure out which character I'd die for like the others), and I'll only give out the link to crystal.cafe pals if they want to exchange.
But besides that, it's fun to revive those memories and feelings again. You don't need to do everything right away, do it little by little. I believe in you, anon.
I didnt have a (one ) character shrine but I had a (geocities) webpage for certain anime/manga. It got so popular it was even on tv.
You're so right anon, thank you! I might do it if I feel like I can compile enough content, at least for myself to be happy with it.
Oh gosh this is a trip! Looking through the old photos makes me feel for when I was around 13 and had such a vibrant look on the world. (really wish I would've kept more of my photos through all my moves!).
I still have a personal website, the dream is still alive :)
What do you post? I feel like if I kept a site or blog again I'd want it to be curated around a certain topic, because I just don't feel comfortable writing about my everyday life online anymore, but I miss cozy little sites like that.
It's like a tagged collection of all the funny memes and videos my friends share, except archived so they don't get deleted forever by the sands of time
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I found this website by total accident while I was doing some research for work. It looks like this shop went out of business around 2011. I love the aesthetics of it <3 http://www.gypsymoon.com/news.php
No way, I just came across that site a few days ago as well. I really liked the site and the clothes
Omg really?? That's so funny, what a cool coincidence. The site and clothes make me feel like I'm in the movie Practical Magic
I noticed ths OP image for this had a mokona in the site layout and I felt a little pang of nostalgia in my heart.
I've been thinking of starting a little old internet styled fanshrine and LARPing as an early 2000s webmistress, but I feel silly taking all that time away from my adult life too. More importantly, I don't know how to code so I don't think i'd do a good job
does anyone know how I can learn to code a little? I want to make my nostalgic fanshrine good
>>2851>neopets website still doesn't have a mobile version
They're asking to be forgotten
Does anyone remember this website? I used to spend hours on this and other GFX websites, browsing through cute layouts and icons.http://celestial-star.net/
holy shit, yes. i remember getting pretty much all my forum avatars from here.
if there's not a term for this weirdass mid-2000s aesthetic (weird filters, transparent text in lurid fonts, ~poetic~ quotes laid over anime characters) there should be
light the corners of my mind
NEOPETS IS STILL ACTIVE???
They're basically stuck in hell.
I just tried to log into mine and it's actually for my DOB underaged me obviously didn't put the right DOB. Guess my pets are just gunna starve
>>429>this site is a work in progress>1 year ago
A-are you still around? I hope you're still working on your site since I'm looking forward to it.
>>2915I feel stupid for having to ask but is this tweet real
I was also looking forward to it. I admit i was too shy to post my own link they posted theirs. I wish I could draw well so I could contribute adoptables and cure banner or something to an old school web ring, I can code but what I make isn't pretty and I'm too boring to provide any other kind of content.
I 3rd this! Anon come back we want to see your progress!
Not the anon you all are looking for but the excitement here makes me want to work on a page. I'd love to get back into making cute sites, but I have no idea what content I'd put on them. I'm pretty boring nowadays, I couldn't even write about games or anime because i consume them so slowly with my current schedule.
Yes but in the end it was all the same anyway. No wonder CMS stormed the web. However I'm appalled that people these days MUST cram all sort of JSy shit onto it, even if a nice looking display would be all they need.
>tfw leddit killed your favorite game series's forums
>tfw the subreddit is shit
I've started my own website and I'm having so much fun learning CSS and html. I already have a decent solid background in Java, so I hope I will pick up java script fast. I'm far too shy to share it, though. I hope you all make your own! I love making my design how I want it, even though it'd certainly not fly in a practical, business world.
Post it here when you're done anon!
I think some of you would like Neocities, the sites hosted on there are really reminiscent of retro internet pages with all that fancy graphics and such.
I host a few sites and I try to keep the aesthetic of over the top unique layouts alive. With all these high res monitors now in $CURRENT_YEAR, I'm surprised this style of websites never made a comeback.
I would use it if it had password protection.
Maybe lj is due for a revival. We could all start a community on there.
What's the point of having a profile web-page on the net if it's private?
You might as well create a custom browser homepage that you can just share with your friends.
Neocities has a community page where every single page from every user is listed there but I don't want anyone to look at my unfinished pages. Other website makers/creators have password protection too. There's no reason why Neocities shouldn't have one!
Speaking of neocities. I have never heard of it before! I found this really cute page on the random search thing thoughhttps://teddybear-halo.neocities.org/enteringthedream.html
I'm so jealous I kinda wanna try it! but I barely know anything about coding
go for it! i personally think html and css is really easy compared to other webdev languages
a good way to learn is just press control u and look at the source page code of whatever site youre interested in, html is pretty easy to understand but css might be a little confusing with the numbershttps://www.w3schools.com
is also a good place to reference certain things while coding in case you forget how to do something
if you make a cute site link it here!!
Thanks for that link anon! I'll be sure to comeback when I cook up something that isn't terrible haha
That's so awesome, I'm really jealous. I wish I could make something like this because I somehow want to post about my life but I don't want lots of people to be able to see it. But I don't even have the time to post, much less even make a site. Maybe someday. If I make a site I will post it here. You are the only people I would want to share my thoughts with I LOVE ALL MY FRIENDS AT MINERAL COFFEE HOUSE
Hopefully by the time you make yours mine would be up and running!
Thanks for sharing this, anon. I have my own Wordpress site that’s heavily inspired by The Princess Portal, a lolita blog that was popular around 10 years ago (it’s on the wayback machine here for anyone who’s interested, it’s not quite as old as some things posted here but still has a pretty comfy old-internet feel to it http://web.archive.org/web/20080606214613/http://princessportal.com/index.php
I have been considering abandoning it because it’s kind of discouraging how little views I get, but after reading this thread and looking at old-style neocities sites like this I see a lot of people feel the same way I do. Maybe I’ll move my site to Neocities since there already seems to be a built-in community there for people who embrace that kind of culture/aesthetic.
Anyway, here are some cute sites that are still up/active:https://spat-harmony.webs.com/home.htmhttp://lerman.biz/asagao/gothic_lolita/updates.htmlhttp://isshou-ni.net/index.htmlhttp://www.moonromance.net/index.html
I actually made a neocities page a few months ago to practice (I'd love to host my own website but I'm cheap and I know nothing about security so it would be so easy to hack…). Anyway, this page inspired me so much to make a much better website so thanks anon. This was totally the aesthetic I wanted. Please share any more cute sites you find!
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We can host your site for you if you're interested, here's some more info: >>>/media/540
Thanks for the suggestion Admin! I'll get back to you if I create anything worthy lol.
Since no one's posting their site I'll go ahead and embarrass myself in hopes others will be encouraged. Revolution starts with you, anons.
Here's a shitty page I've had for a couple years now that I keep meaning to do more with.
I can't decide between my own specific aesthetic and all-out weeb so it's stuck in between and held together by someone who hates web dev.
I can relate. It's like going back to the old park you used to play in and finding out there's a lumberyard there now or something.
i enjoyed this, thanks for sharing!
This is a long shot considering how long its been since the thread was active, but I'm currently writing an assignment on the 90's/2000's personal website community. Anybody know of any good resources on the subject? I've found a little from this thread and articles i've found by basic searches but maybe i'm missing something.
I didn't partake in any of it myself but i find it really interesting.
I dunno if you already have this, but there's https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/the-web-as-history
The nice thing is that it's an open access press. It looks like chapter 7, “Welcome to the Web: The Online Community of GeoCities during the early years of the World Wide Web," might relate to your topic.
Another suggestion is to maybe search based on the sites or groups that you found along the way? Like Angelfire or Tripod.
Thanks so much! This is a great help! I hadn't known where to start because most of the websites I've found so far are from this thread, and googling "personal web pages early 2000's" only gets you so far.