I was surprised to find that AOL just shut down their homepage service on Oct. 31st. There were many great websites created through that service that simply no longer exist. Or do they?!
If you are one of many former AOL Hometown users who lost their files, you can find archived versions at, where else, Archive.org.
Go to www.archive.org and type in your old URL in their "wayback machine". You'll find barebones copies (often without the picture files) of the lost websites there. Apparently, Archive.org is interested in saving information while AOL is only interested in their bottom line.
I hope this helps a couple of people retrieve their lost information!