30 Years Later, A Look Back At The Very First Website Ever Launched

On August 6, 1991, the world’s first website was launched. And, while not as exciting or immersive as some of today’s nearly 1.9 billion websites, it makes sense that the first web page launched on the good ol’ W3 was, well, instructions on how to use it.

Worlds First Web Site Developed by Tim Berners-Lee

The first website provided details about the World Wide Web Project. It was created at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. People could learn how to make web pages and about hypertext on it (coded words or phrases that link to content).

Berners-Lee created the web for the same reason that many of us visit websites today: to make our lives a little easier. The problem, according to him, was in computers themselves: there was no way to share information between different devices.

Berners-Lee designed the web for the same reason that many of us visit websites today: to make our lives easier.

According to him, the problem was in computers themselves: there was no way to share information between different devices.

The managers’ initial reaction was something along the lines of “cool, but no thanks.” However, when Berners-Lee returned a year later with a new and improved proposal, the computer scientist was granted permission to work on the project. It was ready to go by 1991. Berners-Lee created HTML, HTTP, and URLs — the building blocks for creating websites — on Steve Jobs’s NeXT computer.

The World Wide Web was thus born with the creation of a single web page. And it’s grown a lot since then. By 1992, there were 10 websites, 3,000 by 1994 (after the W3 became public domain), and 2 million by the time the search engine Google debuted in 1996.

You may visit the Worlds First Website here: info.cern.ch

References: npr.org