You can still visit the very first website in the world from over 30 years ago


You can always visit the first page of the World Wide Web – and that’s pretty awful.

It was uploaded a little over 30 years ago and doesn’t even have any photos.

The website is living proof of how far the internet has come – when we take a look at modern apps like TikTok, Facebook, and YouTube.

It was originally created at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

And it ran on a NeXT computer, invented in 1988 and sold for $ 6,500 apiece – about $ 14,200 in 2020 cash.

The site is called The World Wide Web Project.

And it was created to showcase the project that started the web as we know it today.

It was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and went live on August 6, 1991.

Berners-Lee, now 66, is a famous British computer scientist who is considered the inventor of the Web.

He first proposed the basic web management system in early 1989.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is hailed as the inventor of the World Wide Web.
Paul Clarke / Wikipedia Commons

And in November of the same year, the then 33-year-old Berners-Lee managed to demonstrate HTTP communication.

Three years later, the world’s first website was launched – although very few could access it at the time.

The website still exists and is full of information about the project in its early days.

“The WorldWideWeb is a large-scale hypermedia information retrieval initiative aimed at providing universal access to a vast universe of documents,” reads the top of the website.

“Everything that is online on W3 is directly or indirectly linked to this document.

The website includes pointers to information, web navigation aid, project history, and a list of people involved.

There is even a call for people to help develop the web.

The first website is a precious piece of Internet history.
The first website is a precious piece of Internet history.
World Wide Web / CERN

“There are a number of ways to do this. The web needs both raw data – new hypertext or plain text files, or smart servers giving views on existing databases, ”it reads.

“Maybe you know of a system that would be interesting to have on the web.”

“If you know something about what’s going on in a particular area, organization or country, would you like to keep an up-to-date data overview online? “

We’ve come a long way since then – estimates suggest that there are now between 1.2 billion and 1.7 billion websites worldwide.

In January 2021, it was estimated that there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide.

And instead of needing huge, bulky, and extremely expensive computers, we can now browse mobile phones – with around 6.378 billion users worldwide.


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