Type of site
|Paid web hosting service|
Angelfire is an Internet service that offers website services. It is owned by Lycos, which also owns Tripod.com. Angelfire operates separately from Tripod.com and includes features such as blog building and a photo gallery builder. Free webpages are no longer available to new registrants and have been replaced by paid services.
Angelfire was founded in 1996 and was originally a combination Web site building and medical transcription service. Eventually the site dropped the transcription service and focused solely on website hosting, offering only paid memberships. The site was bought by Mountain View, California–based WhoWhere on October 20, 1997, which, in turn, was subsequently purchased by the search engine company Lycos on August 11, 1998 for US$133 million. Since Lycos already offered free website hosting with advertising through its acquisition of Tripod.com, Angelfire's offering was modified to also have parity with Tripod, including the addition of an increased amount of advertising, but also by offering more disk space.
Angelfire received a major redesign in September 2010. It was completely re-coded using HTML5 mark-up and now promotes the Angelfire site builder as its main Web publishing tool. The classic Web Shell tool is still active but is only available to members with paid plans.