Thursday, 1 August 2013

For Sale: one slightly used web domain

In 2001, I created a website called 'Mr. P's Geography Pages' which was hosted on the free TRIPOD service.
A few years later, I moved it to web hosts 123Connect and it became 'GeographyPages'.

At the time, other than David Rayner's GeoInteractive and David Robinson's site there were very few Geography-specific websites. This was in the days of Netscape Navigator and dial-up modems chirruping away...

The site had a few thousand visitors a year, but quickly grew to over a million visitors and well over that in terms of page views.
I had to double the bandwidth, and then again and again....
The website still gets hundreds of thousands of visitors a year,  although I 'archived' it in 2008 when I joined the Geographical Association.

If anyone is interested, the domain name is for sale.... one slightly shop-soiled URL

(Not that I anticipate anyone will be for a moment....)

The site will be disappearing shortly, so grab your favourite bits while you can.
The end of an era...
And the start of another in a month's time....


Update
Thanks for the kind comments on the impact that GeographyPages had on colleagues' practice over the years :)

There'll be some news about the future of the website in a week or so...
In the meantime, the old site has now gone...
Check the WAYBACK MACHINE if you want to go back in time...

2 comments:

Angus Willson said...

An end of an era, indeed.

Besides the web-site ground-zero of the 2010 government, I have found that many organisations are now treating their websites as completely news-driven with scant regard to record-keeping or archiving. I used to recommend 'deep links' as the most useful way of directing to the specific information. However, wilful site-restructuring and featuring only the 'now' has made the task of sustained knowledge navigation harder not easier.

Alan Parkinson said...

Thanks Angus.
I think the name will live on, but in a different form. Thankfully Google have crawled it, and the Wayback machine will ensure further life from beyond the grave...