On August 6, 1991, physicist Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website from a CERN facility in the Swiss Alps. It was, not surprisingly, a pretty basic one — according to CERN:
Info.cern.ch was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which centred on information regarding the WWW project. Visitors could learn more about hypertext, technical details for creating their own webpage, and even an explanation on how to search the Web for information. There are no screenshots of this original page and, in any case, changes were made daily to the information available on the page as the WWW project developed.
It’s a common occurrence as the Internet and the World Wide Web gets older as old websites are retired or shut down entirely for a variety of reasons.
However, a copy of the very first website ever made by Tim Berners-Lee still exists and you can visit it now on one of the pages found on the World Wide Web Consortium site.
CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee first came up with a proposal in 1989 to use the Internet via a new method that involved hypertext. Of course, all of us now benefit from being able to visit pages stored on servers that use hypertext links in order to surf to other pages.
CERN debated what to call this new way of accessing the Internet with labels like Mine of Information or the Information Mesh before settling on the WorldWideWeb (yes, one word) in 1990.
Please join us in saying “Happy birthday!” ( belated) to the World Wide Web!