From its humble beginnings at CERN, the World Wide Web has indeed come a long way since its invention by respected British scientist Tim Berners-Lee in 1989.
From plain text websites to slow internet speeds and unreliable connections, the World Wide Web has survived and evolved into so much more, so much so that we are now at the dawn of Web3.
In this article, we’ll go back to the historical times when there was one website, then two, then three, until we cover 12 popular websites from the 90s that are still going strong.
Created in September 1954 in Geneva, Switzerland, CERN is the European organization responsible for nuclear research. It is also home to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
The CERN website is the first in the world. The site was actually created by Berners-Lee in 1989 while working on the web at CERN. Visit the page to see a live recreated version of the original CERN website.
As its name suggests, the World Wide Web’s Virtual Library was a virtual information resource on several topics. It is the world’s first content index anywhere on the World Wide Web.
It was also developed by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991. To date, the website is still operational and retains its original look, although it was last updated in February 2017.
Number three on our list and the third website to go live is Nikhef, the Netherlands Institute for Nuclear and Atomic Physics. It was uploaded in February 1992 and has been online ever since.
Don’t be fooled by its current appearance, this website is somewhat quirky and has been around since the beginning, right after CERN and the Virtual Library paved the way.
Before Google Search, there was ALIWEB, which stands for Archie Like Indexing for the Web. It was developed by Martijn Koster in 1993 and released the following year.
ALIWEB’s AliLinks provides links to many websites from its homepage, which it features in its search results page. The site was essentially an early version of a search engine.
It appears that the site was last updated in September 2001, so don’t expect to find up-to-date information there.
Just like ALIWEB, Webcrawler.com was launched in 1994. It was also the first search engine to provide full-text search and is one of the oldest examples of a search engine.
Created by Brian Pinkerton, Webcrawler.com is a more robust search engine than ALIWEB, but still not comparable to Google and Bing. The website still gives off that unforgettable 90s vibe.
The Exploratorium is a popular art, science, and technology museum located at Piers 15 and 17 in San Francisco. It was founded by Frank Oppenheimer and opened in 1969 at the Palace of Fine Arts.
The Exploratorium, one of the first museums to go online and one of the oldest surviving websites, has had a facelift and now offers a modern and intuitive website.
In 1993, there were only a handful of websites available in the world. Later that year, Bloomberg would join the ranks of innovative companies that had a corporate website.
Founded in 1981, Bloomberg went live in 1993 and to this day it remains online using its website as one of its outlets to provide financial, software and other business services.
David Farley started Doctor Fun in September 1993 as a fun side project while working at the University of Chicago. The popular webcomic ran from 1993 to 2006 after nearly 2600 comics.
The website is still accessible to this day, along with the entire Farley’s Doctor Fun cartoon collection. It’s a great reminder of the early days of the internet and how far it’s come. Have fun watching Doctor Fun cartoons.
The Internet Movie Database began as a fan-run database of movies on the Usenet group “rec.arts.movies”. It is now one of the largest online databases of up-to-date information on movies, cast and crew, etc.
The original IMDb website was launched in 1993 at the very beginning of the internet and was hosted by the Department of Computing at the University of Cardiff, Wales. IMDb is now an Amazon company and offers a modern website design.
Jeff Patterson, Rob Lord and John Luini, three students from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have come together to launch the Internet Underground Music Archive to help independent artists circumvent shady record labels.
The site was launched in 1993 and allowed unsigned artists to register, create a profile, and showcase their music for users to stream or download. IUMA was acquired by EMusic but the legacy of the site lives on. The image above is an archived version of the original IUMA website.
Launched in August 1981, MTV was one of the most iconic and popular music television brands that dominated the airwaves in the 80s and 90s. Its domain was registered as early as 1993 by VJ Adam Curry.
The MTV website is up and running and even busier these days. Using the Wayback Machine, you can go back in time and view mirror images of MTV’s old website. You can also use it to see what many websites looked like in the past.
The Clinton administration put the White House online in October 1994. The website, which is the official United States government website, is available in English and Spanish.
Whitehouse.gov or wh.gov currently sports a simple, modern look that is a big departure from its early days and a testament to how much the World Wide Web has changed.
long live the internet
While millions of good and even great websites have come and gone, ceremonially and unceremoniously, these have been there from the net, sorry, from the start
As you enjoy the Internet and the World Wide Web as we know it today, always remember that there was a time when there was no Internet, then poor Internet, and now great Internet connectivity .
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