Craigslist History

Craigslist is historically known to have kept a minimal web design since it began in the mid-1990s.

Everyone who knows the website will recognize the simple white background and blue text links to navigate the website.



They have done some changes through the years with the homepage, craigslist.org.

Are you curious to know how the craigslist.org homepage has changed over the years?

Here is how the homepage has changed over time. Craigslist history:

1998 | 2000 | 2002 | 2004 | 2006 | 2008 | 2010 | 2012

1998

Craigslist 1998
Originally called List Foundation.

2000

Craigslist 2000

2002

This is when the site started to look familiar to the current version, but they still had the homepage targeted to the San Francisco Bay area.

Craigslist 2002

2004

Craigslist 2004

2006

At this point in 2006, there was still a focus on the San Francisco Bay area for the homepage. Then you would have to use the links on the right to find your area. This is kind of why I offer this page about searching all of Craigslist to help with unnecessary clicking and finding your area.

Also, notice the personals section, which was eventually removed from the homepage. Categories included:

  • strictly platonic
  • women seek women
  • women seek men
  • men seeking women
  • men seeking men
  • misc romance
  • casual encounters
  • missed connections
  • rants and raves
Craigslist 2006

2008

Here in 2008, there is a shift to link to all countries, states, and major cities from the homepage. This was probably done to help get each subdomain of the target area crawled and indexed by search engines.

That might have helped to show up in Google search for searches like: craigslist texas and florida’s craigslist.

Craigslist 2008

2010

Craigslist 2010

2012

Craigslist 2012

More Craigslist History to Come, Check Back for More Updates and Screenshots!

1 thought on “Craigslist History”

  1. Wait, so rants and raves is gone? that was such a cool part of craigslist! i maybe vented a bit there lol!

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