This article is about the Internet service. For other uses, see Angelfire (disambiguation).

A screenshot of Angelfire
Type of site
Paid web hosting service
Owner Lycos
Alexa rank Negative increase 3,465 (April 2014)[1]
Commercial No
Launched 1996 (1996)

Angelfire (/ˈənɛlfr/) is an Internet service that offers paid space for Web sites. It 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 Web site hosting, offering only paid memberships. The site was bought by Mountain View, California–based WhoWhere in 1997, which, in turn, was subsequently purchased by the search engine company Lycos in 1998.[2] As Lycos already offered free Web page hosting with advertising through its acquisition of, 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.

Paid email

Until May 2004, Angelfire offered paid email (as a cobrand of Mailcity) at the domain, but this feature has been replaced by Web-based email through Lycos Domains for premium users only.


As of 2008, Angelfire continues to operate separately from and now includes features such as blog building and a photo gallery builder. It also supports, for paid members only, CGI scripts written in Perl.

Although Angelfire and Tripod are separate sites, they share much of the same underlying software, such as the blog application. Lycos brands, including both Angelfire and Tripod, were licensed to a company in the UK, which shut them down. The media announced they were shutting down but neglected to note that they were in no way related to their United States counterparts, resulting in a January 2009 posting by Lycos.

Paid service

In Angelfire, the creator may use a paid service, or a paid package. The paid service allows the user to create a home page, such as as well as create subdirectories, such as This enables the user to create sites less advanced than some other free Web hosts.

2010 to present

Angelfire received a major facelift in September 2010. It has been 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; however, it is now only accessible via $100 subscription plans.


  1. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  2. "Angelfire: About Angelfire". Retrieved 2012-01-29.

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