On this day 25 years ago, August 6, 1991, the world’s first website went live to the public from a lab in the Swiss Alps.
So Happy 25th Birthday, WWW! It’s the Silver Jubilee of the world’s first website.
The site was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web (WWW), and was dedicated to information on the World Wide Web project.
The world’s first website, which ran on a NeXT computer at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), can still be visited today, more than two decades after its creation.
The first website address is http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.
“The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents,” the world’s first public website reads, going on to explain how others can also create their own web pages.
“The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone.”
Berners-Lee wrote about the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that outlined how information or data would travel between computer systems, as well as, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) that was used to create the first web page.
Berners-Lee vision was to create a place where people could share information across the world through a “universal linked information system” – in which a network of documents (web pages) linked to one another could help users navigate to find what exactly they need.
And so is the concept of the World Wide Web.
Berners-Lee initially proposed the idea for a worldwide network of computers sharing information in 1989, while he was working as a computer programmer at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.