"Rensselaer's online presence has been notoriously bland," said Razamatazz Buckshank, lead web developer for RPI. "So we decided to add some glitter." Geocities is a web hosting service offered by Yahoo! from 1999 to 2009 which offered anyone, even the least skilled and poorly-trained web developers, the ability to have their own website, just like the real web designers.
Officials say that the new site design will allow prospective students access to flashing rainbows, kitty GIFs, and the dancing baby, while still providing current students with a resource for MIDI files of their favorite 90's songs.
Reports indicate that development of an odometer-like "hit counter" is also underway.
The new Computer Science department homepage.
Despite the fact that Geocities officially shut down its web hosting service in October of 2009, the Japanese version of the service is still available. The new site is estimated to cost $8.95/month (for Geocities Premium hosting), plus an additional $15 setup fee. These increased costs will be reflected in student tuition, which will be expected to increase by approximately $14,000 per student.
The site will also offer a healthcare exchange.