Geocities was a popular service back in the early years of the Internet that allowed its users to create basic websites.
Many Geocities pages dated back to the beginning days of the Internet where webmasters liked to use animated gifs, sounds and other distracting elements on their pages.
Part of that may have come from the options that the service provided webmasters with, which made it very easy to add animated contents to their websites. Another part that those options were the only ones available to webmasters more or less.
The Geocities-izer brings back those fond memories by offering to turn any modern website into a Geocities look-a-like. This look-a-like website makes use of all those fun elements that were popular back then.
It works by entering the url of a website into the form on the main page of the service. The site opens the website that you have selected in a new browser tab and there it is in all its Geocities-like glory.
Three different themes and twelve different music themes are available that you can switch between by changing the parameters directly in the url.
The themes are also switched randomly whenever a new page is loaded. To view them all simply change the theme= value in the web address or reload the page a couple of times for some random surprises.
Elements that you will notice on those pages include animated gifs, highlighted text, hideous background images, fonts that seem to have come right out of a typewriter, and sounds that annoy the hell out of you. The Internet has come a long way since that time and while not everything is for the better today, some things like less annoying websites definitely are.
The script should work fine on most pages. The developer notes however that advanced pages may be very slow, or won't work at all.
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