These celebrity websites from the '90s and '00s are everything
The late ’90s and early 2000s weren’t just a time for AIM messages and MySpace pages. They were also a time when even professionally designed websites looked downright rudimentary (by today’s standards, anyway). Here are some celebrity websites from the late ’90s and early ’00s that look so vintage they’ll make your heart sing an NSYNC song.
BritneySpears.com — March 3, 2000
Brit’s homepage is SO 2000, with its yellow doodle flower background and virtually-unreadable script font.
In case you can’t read some of these gems:
One of the site’s biggest features was a photo gallery, full of fun candids of Britney. She was basically running her own Instagram before Instagram existed.
A whole page (with its own spot in the navigation) was dedicated to Brit’s guest spot on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The fact that the main image has been lost to the internet gods is nothing short of distressing.
Tour dates. Come on, you know you were at or wanted to be at one of these shows.
And, for the ~true fan~ you could sign up for a free @britneyspears.com email address. So much cooler than gmail.
NSYNC.com — April 18, 1998
NSYNC.com had a really cool animated landing page.
Look at that badass flame logo. And read up on this News Flash, in case you happen to be in possession of a time machine and what you’d like to do with that time machine is travel back to 1998 and stalk NSYNC.
I’m personally devastated that none of the band’s favorite links are listed here because I’m now dying to know which websites Justin Timberlake loved in the late ’90s.
BackstreetBoys.com — October 29, 1996
Yes, we’re diving way back into the mid-’90s for this one. BSB was on top of it. Don’t think NSYNC were the only guys with an animated landing page because they WEREN’T.
And they had this cool menu that looks a little like a map of the solar system.
If you wanted the guys’ individual bios, you just clicked their faces, because image mapping.
Everyone should write letters to this fan mail address and just see what happens in 2016.
Joining the BSB fan club got you a COLOR membership card (because it coming in black and white was a real possibility back then), a group photo, a SILVER PRISM NECK PEN (which you would have worn with pride to school every single day), a quarterly newsletter — that’s updates four times a year, folks!, and concert seating (but, like, presumably you’d still have to buy a ticket for that, no?).
Nicole Peltzi was there to bring you HOT BSB NEWS, which brings up a very important mystery: Who is Nicole Peltzi?
WHO IS SHE, THOUGH?
The online store was only coming soon back in 1996, but don’t worry because you could request a physical catalog to be mailed to your residence.
DestinysChild.com — December 3, 1998
The Destiny’s Child website was actually pretty minimalist, considering all the animated splash pages that were floating around the internet at the time. Also, hey there, La Tavia and Le Toya. Long time, no see.
The formatting and freeform structure of this “Now Showing” page gives us life.
Here’s what the ladies of Destiny’s Child had to say to their fans back in the day.
And, most importantly, here’s Bey’s bio:
MaryKateandAshley.com — August 19, 2000
But the most nostalgia-inducing site of all has to be MaryKateandAshley.com, which was a full-on experience. I would enter the Win a Hollywood Pizza Party with Mary-Kate and Ashley sweepstakes right now.
The update page reads like a family newsletter you aunt sends you over MailChimp and it’s effing adorable.
And this events calendar is like the girls’ personal Google Cal. Sure, there are some fan-related updates (like that Online Summer Blowout Sale starting on August 8th), but they also included the dates of several horse shows Mary-Kate was competing in and the day of the twins’ high school orientation. This allows for so much more stalking than Twitter ever could.
Let’s look again at the heavy promotion given to Mary-Kate’s equestrian hobby:
The Fan Club got you all kinds of swag, including, but not limited to: An autographed color photo, “two special Mary-Kate and Ashley surprises” (color us intrigued), and a special box to put all of your MK&A swag in. Sign me up. Wait, did I miss it?
Here’s a closeup of the full list, because you know you ~care~:
I love the rules for participating in the Mary-Kate and Ashley chatroom. The number one issue they had was people asking the same question more than once, but “flooding the room with repeated words or jibberish” was also a nagging problem. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Here’s a closeup:
Basically, everything about these vintage websites is perfection.