Maxis Ville History
Here is a breif overview of the history of Maxis Ville
- 1998-01 - Website began as Streets Online. Like many sites at the time,
it was hosted on GeoCities. It provided 15 MB of disk space for free and you
got to be part of a “community” online. I picked the following URL from a
plethora options: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Cavern/1792.
- 1998-03 - Began writing content for SimCopter and SimCity. Renamed site to
Maxis Online. Website grew too big for one GeoCities account, so I set up
a second account to host my downloads at
- 1999-03 - Started using a lot of external services (CGI scripts) for the
forms on my website. This peaked my interest in Perl and CGI scripts so I
moved my site to WebJump which offered 25 MB of disk space and a cgi-bin
for free. It appears I also got a subdomain at
- 1999-04 - Folks complained about WebJump’s advertisements so I sought out
a new host. I moved my the website to VirtualAve.net where I received 20 MB
of disk space, CGI, Server Side Includes, and a subdomain for free. My site
was hosted at http://maxis-online.virtualave.net
- 1999-05 I quickly filled up my disk quota on VirtualAve.net so I picked
up the http://members.xoom.com/Maxis_online for hosting content.
Unfortunately, Xoom whent offline fairly shortly thereafter.
- 1999-08 - My website had about 75 MB of files stored on four separate
- 1999-08 - Maxis (proper) started to use the phrase “Maxis Online” on their
website. To avoid a lawsuit, my website was renamed to "Maxis Ville". I opened
an additional VirtualAve.net account at http://maxis-ville.virtualave.net.
- 1999-11 - VirtualAve.net announces that free hosting will be
- 1999-11 - Tried out EziWeb with my site located at
http://free.eziweb.com/maxisville however this host shut down shortly
- 2000-01 - Moved MaxisVille to AFreeHome.com. They provided 50 MB of disk
space, but no other features. Website located at
- 2000-06 - Moved website to Hypermart. It provided 20 MB of disk space,
CGI, Server Side Includes, and a subdomain for free. The website stayed at
http://maxis-ville.hypermart.net until HyperMart announced its closure.
- 2000-06 - Josh van Hulst started SimStuff.com and convinced me to try out
his server. I moved some content to http://maxis-ville.simstuff.com. A
common online acquaintance of ours, Peter Osorio, convinced me to move my
Streets of SimCity content to his site at http://streets.simstuff.com.
- 2004-01 - Once I got DSL at home, I started to self host the website at
http://maxis-ville.homeip.net. The website remained online here until 2009
when I took the server down.
- 2019-07 - I restored Maxis Ville
using four partial copies of the website I found on old media and several
web scraping tools. The website was placed online at http://maxis-ville.kloppenborg.net
where it will hopefully remain for a long period of time.
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