What is geocities?
Geocities is a web domain associated with a free web hosting service that was previously available in the US but is now only maintained in Japan. The web hosting service was acquired by Yahoo in 1999, but the company decided to close it 10 years later.
As a free web hosting service, Geocities was a model of how large corporations could provide public 'utilities' to web users. People who have registered to receive a hosted domain and have uploaded text, images, and page content to Yahoo servers. The resulting pages provided an alternative to more developed commercial websites. The web hosting service now offered by Yahoo is for paying customers and competes with the services of large hosting companies like GoDaddy.
Although Yahoo has stopped Geocities activities, web users will still be able to access some of the sites created through this service. Archival efforts have secured some of the 38 million unique locations that existed at the time Geocities closed. Developers have also created geocities simulators to make web pages look like they were created with geocities.