How to Build a Website Using Geocities

By Kaitlyn Yeager

  • Overview

    Geocities is a good tool to build a free website. It allows you enough freedom to customize your website the way you want, and its drag-and-drop Pagebuilder allows you to see what the results will look like as you build it. You do not even need any HTML knowledge to build a website with Geocities.
  • Signing up With Geocities

    • Step 1

      Go to the Geocities website and click "Sign Up." To build a website with Geocities, you will need to have an account (see Resources below).
    • Step 2

      Enter your personal information such as your name and zip code, and choose a username. Make sure the username is related to the content of your website, because the website's URL will be in the format "geocities.com/username." Keep it short and easy to remember, so that people will be more likely to remember your website's address.
    • Step 3

      Verify the secondary email address you used when signing up. After this is verified, you can start working on your website.
  • Getting Started With Pagebuilder

    • Step 1

      Log in to Geocities, click the "Create" and "Update" tab in the Control Panel, then click "Pagebuilder." On the next screen, click "Launch Pagebuilder" to open the program. If you have a pop-up blocker, you will need to allow pop-ups from Geocities.
    • Step 2

      Start building your website. On the top of the page, you will see several buttons for editing your page.
    • Step 3

      Click the yellow buttons on the left to start new pages, open previous pages, and save and preview current pages.


    • Step 4

      Click the gray buttons in the middle to modify, delete, copy or reorder items in your page.
    • Step 5

      Click the blue buttons on the right to add text, pictures add pre-programmed add-ons, and link items.
  • Understanding Add-Ons: Basics

    • Step 1

      Click the add-ons button to access anything you need to add, though text and pictures also have their own buttons for simplicity. There are several categories within the add-ons, but the "Basics" will be used the most, and are the most necessary for creating a website.
    • Step 2

      Click the "Text" button to create a text box in your page that you can resize and move around to fit. Click the "Pictures" button to choose pictures from several preprogrammed clip art categories, or upload your own pictures. You can upload pictures either in the "Pictures" window, or by clicking the "Upload Picture" button. This will bring you to a browser window that allows you to upload up to five pictures at a time.
    • Step 3

      Click "Background" to add a solid background color, texture or picture to your Web page. As with pictures, you can select from preprogrammed backgrounds or supply your own. Click "Background Music" to add automatic music or background noises to your website. Use music with caution, though, as using too much or obnoxious music will drive visitors away from your website.
    • Step 4

      Use "Buttons and Bullets" to organize separate points in text, or to organize links. Use "Horizontal and Vertical Bars" to separate content on the page, and give it a more professional, polished look.
    • Step 5

      Use the counter tool to find out how much traffic your page is getting. Customize the counter to fit in with your page using varied fonts, sizes and colors. A counter will only count hits on the page it is on, so use counters on each page to see which pages are more popular.
  • Customizing Content

    • Step 1

      Customize text the same way as in programs like Microsoft Word. Change the font, size or color by highlighting the text you want to change and clicking the appropriate box at the top. Font and size are located beneath the "New" and "Save" buttons on the left, and text color is located beneath the "Pictures" button on the right.
    • Step 2

      Stretch or shrink any added objects to fit your layout. You can drag items around to see what looks best where, and rearrange items with a few clicks.
    • Step 3

      Link objects by single-clicking on the text box or picture you want to link, and then clicking the blue "Link" button at the top. You can link items to an outside website by typing in the URL, or link to another page in your website by selecting "My Page" from the drop-down menu and choosing the page.
    • Step 4

      Publish your website by clicking "Save" and title the page. The file name you give the page will determine the URL, so keep it relevant. For example, if your Web page is about your poodle, you could name the file "my_poodle." Then, the URL for that page will be "geocities.com/username/my_poodle.html." Once saved, the page is published and visible on the Web.
  • Skill: Moderately Easy
  • Ingredients:
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Geocities account
  • Outline of proposed website
  • Tip: Use color in your website, but make sure the colors work together.
  • Tip: Make sure separate areas of your website are obviously separate, so that your website is easy to navigate.
  • Warning:
  • Be careful about using music and effects on your website. A few effects can bring character to your website, but too many will drive people away.
  • If you want to use a picture found on the Internet, make sure you are allowed to use it, and credit the original owner.

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