Gigglebit: how to make a website look like it was made by a 13-year-old in 1996

8 Jul 2014

The homepage of The Geocities-izer is nothing without the animation

Gigglebit is Siliconrepublic’s daily dose of the funny and fantastic in science and tech, to help start your day on a lighter note.

Like any sector, technology has a serious side, and it is often issues within this serious side that make headlines or that organisations need to explore for their business. Malware! Data breaches! Cloud storage! Do I really need this software? Which candidate has the best IT skills for this job? And what the heck is fog computing?

With Gigglebit, we turn the spotlight on humorous and/or amazing content about science and tech, because sometimes the lighter side should be taken seriously, too.

Today, we’re going back in time to the early days of the consumer web, when Geocities, garish colours and animated iconography reigned supreme. With The Geocities-izer you can transform a modern-day webpage to look like it was made using the popular web-hosting platform back in the day when web ‘design’ would make your eyes weep.

We’ve put our own website and through The Geocities-izer to show what they would look like in all their Nineties glory. White text on a yellow background? Be grand! Got a GIF that makes no sense? Use it! And of course you can just tile a small image to make a background!

Behold, and thank your lucky stars that those with an eye for good design stepped in to save the web from this visual anarchy.

Siliconrepublic Geocities-ized

Google Geocities-ized

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.