The WebRing.com System
This page provides information about the various webring systems that are available to host webrings. These not only include some of the more common, like the WebRing.com system, Ringlink and RingSurf, but other, less common ones as well.
What are webring systems?
The WebRing.com system is only one of the possible hosts for a webring. Prior to The Assimilation by Yahoo!, the Original WebRing system was the best known. The alternatives were hardly known.
After Yahoo! conducted The Assimilation the alternative host systems became more prominent. One of them, RingSurf, experienced astronomical growth beginning on the day of The Assimilation. Another, Ringlink, created before The Assimilation, also experienced substantial growth.
This page provides a kind of mini-directory of alternate webring systems.
If you would like to suggest another listing, please email me.
ChristianWebrings.org: Rudy Brinkman created this one. The Plebius Script (see below) powers it. BrinkhostDotCom hosts it. It hosts webrings for a fee, guarantees advertising free webring pages, but may place Christian advertising on the ChristianWebrings.org site. ««»»
MIMAnet Webring Zone: This site appears to be new. As of this writing (12.Nov.2000) the "About Us" page doesn't exist yet. It has apparently acquired the assets of the Plebius.org site, including Martin Kretzman's perl script to operate a webring. They are operating what they call the MIMAnet Webring Zone. ««»»
WebRing.com System: The latest successor in interest to the Original WebRing. On 12.Oct.2001, it was "spun off" from Yahoo! to become the WebRing.com system. The system just calls itself "WebRing". But I call it the "New WebRing system" to distinguish it from all the others. ««»»
Page-Ring.com: The owner wrote me that "It's as unlike Yahoo as [he] can make it." There is no required registration, no cookies and no tracking of users. The system includes automatic daily pruning of both pages that won't load and pages without the webring code. RingMasters can delete sites at will and can download email addresses for the membership. [NB: no longer available a/o 15.Apr.2003] ««»»
Plebius Webring: Update: Martin has abandoned this effort and transferred everything to MIMAnet.com. This new site appears to be creating another webring hosting system. Original entry: Martin Kretzman created this is a free perl script to operate a webring. He also posted a September 14, update. It is free for personal use if you leave the link, $20.00 for commercial or to eliminate the link. ««»»
Ringlink: Gunnar Hjalmarsson created this open source perl script system to operate webrings. It is completely free. I have personally installed and am using it to host my Web Guard Webring and have nothing but great things to say about it. There is also a Ringlink Mailing list (go to the site to register) providing assistance and allowing suggestions. There is an independent Ringlink FAQ (originally created by Rachelle) and a directory of Ringlink Systems that can help people find hosts if they cannot host themselves. Finally, a recent addition is the directory of Ringlink Webrings. ««»»
RingSurf: This system experienced massive growth immediately after The Assimilation. Once the Yahoo! WebRing takeover became a reality, many ringmasters moved to RingSurf. One of the appeals is that it "looks" a lot like the Original WebRing in terms of functionality and navigation HTML. Their September 17th, 2000 post says a lot about their growth. Their Status Page tells an interesting story of doubling the webrings and quadrupling the membership just during September of that first year. They experienced some stress and growth pains, but they admitted that and were open and forthcoming about the status. They are earned high praise for their communications. In recent months, the management of RingSurf has been unavailable for direct contact. While this is both puzzling and troubling for many of us who had such direct contact and who acted as system volunteers, the system seems to still function well. For ringmasters unable or unwilling to host their own Ringlink system, I still heartily recommend RingSurf. ««»»
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.
Articles About the WebRing.com System
Webring Sections and Subsections
The Webring Section is a large section of my website. I have divided it into four major "subsections".
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: 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.
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 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.
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