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The WebRing.com System - - - An interlocking stack of gold rings symbolizes the system - - - This graphic identifies pages of my website about the Webring.com System - - - Original image copyright Jeff McIntosh - - - Licensed through iStockphoto.com
   

The WebRing.com System

The end of Yahoo! WebRing

This page provided some answers to some of the frequently asked questions related to the end of the Yahoo! WebRing system and the emergence of the WebRing.com system.

This page was developed in October of 2001 to assist in the transition.

Much of the information in this particular page has been superseded by subsequent changes in the WebRing.com system as it has evolved in subsequent months. Although this page is kept as a "historical record", the reader is cautioned not to rely on this information and instead to refer to more current information on this website about the WebRing.com system.

In particular, this page has been superseded by the WebRing.com System Overview.

This page is part of WebRing.com Help, my extensive reference section about the WebRing.com system. WebRing.com was born 12.Oct.2001 when Yahoo! left the webring business. It was reborn in Oct.2006 when it had a major redesign and began charging for what had been a free service.


Summary

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This is the new logo for the WebRing.com system, implemented in their changes of Oct.2006. It distinguishes this webring system from the other systems like Ringlink, RingSurf and Bravenet. See also my articles: WebRing.com Logos and Is Webring a Trademark?

It seems that Yahoo! is exiting the webring business.

This information began developing rapidly on Friday, 12.Oct.2001.

This email was broadcast with the information.

This page will be updated continually to reflect the latest information on these developments.

See also my FAQ Page on The end of Yahoo! WebRing. This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page collects some of the common questions and answers about this major transition.

If you have a question you would like answered (or an answer you think I should add), please email me.

What Just Happened?

On Thursday 04.Oct.2001, the Yahoo! WebRing system experienced a large and catastrophic failure. As a result of that failure, a large number of memberships were temporarily lost. The tech working on the Yahoo! WebRing system worked to restore the system and to resolve the problem. During this time the system was forced out of service. All functions that would modify user defined information (e.g., creating webrings, joining webrings, adding or deleting members, etc.) were disabled.

On Friday, 12.Oct.2001, word began to spread across the net:

  1. Yahoo!'s involvement in the Yahoo! WebRing system is ending.
     
  2. This began 12.Apr.2001 with the shutdown of the searchable directory. Yahoo! wanted to shut down Yahoo! WebRing completely.
     
  3. At that time, one of the former techs from the Original WebRing, laid off by Yahoo!, offered to step forward and take it over.
     
  4. For the next six months (to the day!) that one tech worked to maintain the system independent of Yahoo!
     
  5. On 12.Oct.2001 these changes were first announced. Click here to see the email.

Where Have We Been?

I have much of the history of webrings on my Webring FAQ page. But here is a brief summary:

  • Sage Weil designed the original webring in May 1994 based on eUROPa.
     
  • In June 1995, he then created Webring.
     
  • In 1997, Sage Weil sold Webring to Starseed, Inc.
     
  • In 1998 Geocities bought Starseed.
     
  • In early 1999 Yahoo! bought Geocities.
     
  • On 05.Sep.2000, in an event I (and others) refer to as "the assimilation", Yahoo! relaunched the service as Yahoo! WebRing.
     
  • In April 2001, Yahoo! decided to leave the webring business and agreed to transfer it to one of the original Webring.org technicians. This decision was kept secret. The only "hint" was the disabling of the search directory.
     
  • During the next six months, this technician kept the Yahoo! WebRing system working and developed the new system as well.
     
  • On Thursday 04.Oct.2001, the Yahoo! WebRing system experienced a large and catastrophic failure. This failure accelerated the migration from the Yahoo! WebRing system to the new system.
     
  • On 12.Oct.2001 initial information about this transfer was published to a small set of users. In the next few days it was widely broadcast to the entire Yahoo! WebRing system.

Where Are We Going?

A number of changes and enhancements were announced in conjunction with the departure from Yahoo!:

  1. Statistics for both sites and webrings.
     
  2. The (limited) ability of RingMasters to edit member information (Site URL, Title and Description)..
     
  3. Support for transparent backgrounds of the navbar.
     
  4. Full support for HTML code.
     
  5. Management functions will open new browser windows.
     
  6. Support for both fully customized "Join" pages and the ability to have the system Webring "home" page offsite.
     
  7. Ability to see and test the navigation code status on pending submissions.
     
  8. Full customization of system emails (e.g., Approval, Denial, Suspension, Activation, Deletion, etc.)
     
  9. Full customization of the navigation code, both as a navbar and as site delivered HTML.
     
  10. Ability for RingMasters to see the members' navbar code, including the infamous U-Number.
     
  11. Ability to include/exclude a webring in the directory.
     
  12. Ability to have management screens open new windows.
     
  13. Improvements in the My Rings listing, including support for advanced functions such as (a) Ordering, (b) Splitting, (c) Merging and (d) Global Changes.
     
  14. Ability for member to see system checker results.
     
  15. Improved online help system.
     
  16. Promised improvements in support requests.

How to Migrate (Summary)

Unlike when Yahoo! assimilated the original webring in September 2000, this migration has been made very easy. Also, the steps are identical for ringmaster and webring members.

Here are the steps in summary. (In the next section, I'll expand these into detailed steps.)

  1. Get one Yahoo! window working that supports cookies.
     
  2. Log in to Yahoo!
     
  3. Go to the migration page.
     
  4. Migrate all of your webrings, both those you own and also all of your webring memberships. Then, hook them to your WebRing.com system ID.
     
  5. If you are a ringmaster, adjust the graphics and colors.
     
  6. Do this for each Yahoo! ID that you own.

How to Migrate (Detail)

Here are the simple steps to use. Note that you can use these steps both to migrate your webrings and also to migrate your memberships. You do not need to be a ringmaster to use these steps.

Before we start, one major caveat. Do not start unless you have time to finish. The entire process takes about 20 minutes because of some wait time. If you interrupt the process in the middle you can cause serious problems.

  1. Get one Yahoo! window working that supports cookies.
     
    1. Shut down all Yahoo! windows. This is important because the process depends on identification of your Yahoo! ID.
       
    2. Be sure you have not disabled cookies; if you sometimes disable cookies, then for this process, turn them back on. Full cookie functionality is required for this process.
       
    3. Be sure you have disabled any cookie management software like AdSubtract Pro or WebWasher. You not only need cookies, but the two systems need to be able to share them during the transition/migration process. Testing shows that software like this can interfere.
       
  2. Log in to Yahoo!
     
    1. Go to webring.org.
       
    2. Log in using one of your Yahoo! IDs
       
  3. Go to the migration page.
     
    1. Go here:
      edit.webring.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/migrate
       
    2. You will go to a page that will let you transfer (1) all of your Yahoo! WebRings associated with that ID and also (2) all of your Yahoo! WebRing memberships associated with that ID. And, it does it in one button click.

      Note: If you go to a page asking for webring and site IDs, do not fill out that page. Instead, click the refresh button. That should take you to the correct page.
        
  4. Migrate all of your webrings, both those you own and also all of your webring memberships. Then, hook them to your WebRing.com system ID.
     
    1. Click the button.
       
    2. Wait the two minutes for the next page to appear. Do not shut down your browser.
       
    3. Wait the specified amount of time (10-15 minutes?) that the next page says. Do not shut down your browser.
       
    4. Click the link to go and get a WebRing.com system ID. I recommend using the same ID that you were using at Yahoo!, but you don't have to.
       
  5. If you are a ringmaster, adjust the graphics and color.
     
    1. If you are a ringmaster, we will continue to adjust our webring graphics. If you are not a ringmaster, then skip all the way to Step 6.
       
    2. Click the link marked to go to the listing of your webrings.
       
    3. Click on edit Ring Logo. Upload your webring logo.
       
    4. Click on Navigation Code.
       
    5. Click on Navbar Logo.
       
    6. Upload your navbar logo.
       
    7. Click on Navigation Code
       
    8. Change the background color and outline color. Be sure not to select transparent for your background color.
       
    9. Click Finished
       
    10. Do this for each webring that you own to adjust your graphics and colors for each one of your webrings.
       
  6. Do this for each Yahoo! ID that you own.
     
    1. Log out of Webring
       
    2. And, go to Yahoo! and log out of Yahoo! also
       
    3. Go back to Step 2 and repeat for each Yahoo! ID that either owns a webring or belongs to a webring. (If you have only one Yahoo! ID, then you only need to do this once. Many people use multiple Yahoo! IDs for different reasons, and these people must perform this process once for each ID.)

What else?

See also my FAQ Page on The end of Yahoo! WebRing. This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page collects some of the common questions and answers about this major transition. It includes some information on adjusting the JavaScript on your pages, on the directory and other similar topics.


A Personal Note:
If You Want to Delete Your Webring

If you are considering deleting your WebRing.com webring, please do not delete it. Instead, please contact me . I would be pleased to adopt it from you. I will personally work with you to make that transition smooth and painless.

I'm sorry. While I have long adopted webrings in the WebRing.com system, because of the Oct.2006 changes, I am no longer doing that.

However, please note that "deleting" your webring is a fruitless exercise. The system will just restore it and place it up for adoption.

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 Webring News and Announcements

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WebRing.com Changes Big Time ---  It was October 2001 that WebRing.com came into existence following the end of Yahoo! Webring. Now, 5 years later, WebRing.com is changing again. Moving from primarily a free service to primarily a paid service, the system is undergoing massive change. Stay tuned.

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This is the logo for the Ringlink system. This logo is shown ONLY to illustrate the logo for purposes of this article. The appearance of this logo in this article does not imply any endorsement or affiliation of any kind between this site or the author and the Ringlink system.  

Ringlink Activity  ---  While Ringlink has not released a new version since Version 3.2 on 21.Feb.2005, the system seems to be getting a lot of activity. Many people are discovering this great webring system and moving their webrings here. If you don't know about Ringlink, definitely check out this great webring system. I personally recommend it.

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This is the logo for the World of Webrings Community. This logo is shown ONLY to illustrate the logo for purposes of this article. The appearance of this logo in this article does not imply any endorsement or affiliation of any kind between this site or the author and the World of Webrings Community.  

WoW  ---  The World of Webrings features the World of Webrings discussion list. It offers a forum for both webring owners (ringmasters) and webring members to discuss the latest hot topics about all webrings, including WebRing.com, Ringlink , Alt-Webring, RingSurf, Bravenet and others. If you belong to any webring in any webring service, you should join this list.

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This is the logo for the RingSurf system. This logo is shown ONLY to illustrate the logo for purposes of this article. The appearance of this logo in this article does not imply any endorsement or affiliation of any kind between this site or the author and the RingSurf system.  

RingSurf Passes 3 Year Anniversary  ---  It was 3 years ago, on 16.Aug.2003 when the WoW list list noted that RingSurf's domain name registration had changed. Then the new owner came forward. A RingSurf Feature List was developed and debated. Then, on Thanksgiving day, 27.Nov.2003 the new owner posted on the WoW list that the new RingSurf is up! If you haven't checked it out lately, see what has happened in the last three years.

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James S. Huggins is interviewed and quoted in a new Salon.com article entitled: The Strange Saga of Yahoo and Webring (05.Dec.2001)  

Article About Webrings  ---  Check out this excellent Salon.com article about the history of Yahoo! and WebRing.com: The Strange Saga of Yahoo and Webring . For some, it will bring back memories. For others, it will explain the history. Now, I wonder if they will update it to talk about the latest WebRing.com changes.

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Articles About the WebRing.com System

WebRing.com System
see all my pages about the WebRing.com system,
including information about all the pages shown below.

 

WebRing.com System Overview
 
How to Use Your Own Graphics  
 
How to Get Your JavaScript  
 
Invalid Code: ID/U# Mismatch
 
How to Test Your Code  
 
How to Activate Your Forum  
 
How to Unsuspend Your Site  
 
How to Change Thumbs Up/Down  
 
How to Change Your Email Address  
 
How to Change the Category  
 
How to Change Your Registered Page  
 
  Testing Email Addresses
 
How to ensure a Navbar Shows  
 
  Adoption Score Requirements
 
How to Mix JavaScript and HTML  
 
Problems, Questions & Suggestions
 
How to Show the entire Stack
 
One-Click Login
 
How to Customize HTML  
 
Glossary  
 
How to Force a Stack Rebuild  
 
Is "Webring" a Trademark  
 
How to Change Your Stack Order  
 
Webring System Hosts
 
How to Find the "Ring ID"  
 
  Forums and email Lists
 
Why Is My Site Still Pending  
 
  Terms of Service
 
How the JavaScript Works  
 
  The end of Yahoo! WebRing  
 
Mixing JavaScript and HTML
                          
  end of Yahoo! WebRing email  
 
Why I Require SSNB JavaScript
                          
  The end of Yahoo! FAQ  
 
Non-JavaScript Browsers  
 
  Pedro Huggins  
 
How AMS Validation Works  
 
  MSN and YahooGroups Pages  
 
Suspended/Pending  
 
  WebRing.com Logos  
 
Why No Navbars  
 
  Remove Duplicate Navbars  
 
How to Create a Separate Stack  
 
  Unauthorized Access error Message  
 
Single Navbar Option
 
  Ring Does Not exist error Message  
 
Why Not Featured Sites
 
   
     


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Webring Sections and Subsections

The Webring Section is a large section of my website. I have divided it into four major "subsections".

  • General Information
  • The WebRing.com System
  • Webrings I Own and Belong To
  • The Wazillion Navbars Project

each "subsection" has it's own special "logo".

As you travel in the various subsections you will find, near the bottom of each page, links to pages within that subsection and also links to the other subsections. To go to any subsection, just click on the "logo" or on the text link for that subsection.

Webrings - - - A chainmail web of rings - - - This graphic identifies pages of my website about webrings in general - - - This graphic is by Dylon White. Graphic copyright 2001 by Dylon Whyte of artofchainmail.com and James S. Huggins

Webrings: General Information

This subsection includes general information about webrings. Webrings can be hosted by a variety of different services. This section deals with the overall concepts and issues, not with any one particular "brand" of webring.

It includes my Webring FAQ, links to articles about webrings, and general help information. Click here or on the graphic.

Wazillion Navbars Project: Yahoo! WebRing - - - A stack of "ABC" blocks symbolizes stacks of "navbars" - - - This graphic identifies pages of my website about the Wazillion Navbars Project - - - Original image copyright Jeff Allen Johnson - - - Licensed through iStockphoto.com

The Wazillion Navbars Project

This subsection is a historical section about the Yahoo! WebRing system. It was begun during the early days of problems with the Yahoo! WebRing system in September 2000.

It ended when the Yahoo! WebRing system spun off into the independent WebRing.com system in October 2001. I maintain it for the historical record. Click here or on the graphic.

Webrings I Own and Webrings I Belong To - - - A floating stack of rings - - - This graphic identifies pages of my website showing webrings I own and webrings I belong to - - - Original image copyright Jeff McIntosh - - - Licensed through iStockphoto.com

Webrings I Own and Belong To

This subsection shows all the webrings I own and links to all the webrings to which I belong. This includes webrings in Ringlink, RingSurf, Bravenet and the WebRing.com system as well.

If you are looking to join one of my webrings, this is a good place to start. If you wonder about the webrings I belong to, this is the place to go. Click here or on the graphic.

The extra text menu links (previously here) are being removed in the site redesign.
Browser and search engine improvements have eliminated the motivation/necessity for them.

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