World’s First Website Back Online

One very important webpage has been rescued from history.

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Content on the Internet is ephemeral. A website can be online one minute, and taken down the next. As permanent as we think our Internet footprints are, the Web is perpetually changing. Much of the early Internet has been lost.

One very important webpage, however, has been rescued from history. Yesterday, European particle physics laboratory CERN returned the first ever Internet website to its rightful place on the Web.

Originally created by CERN in 1992, the world’s first website invokes a time long past when pages were just plain text on a white background. There are no advertisements, no pictures, and certainly no video. It’s an entirely utilitarian site rendered in Times New Roman, the most default of fonts.

The meat of the site is absolutely appropriate for its time period. Primarily, it exists to offer information about the World Wide Web. There are also links to the latest browsers that you’ve never heard of, the full text of The Bible, a Campaign 1992 archive, and US weather by state.

My own favorite part of the site is the “How can I help?” section, showing how you can get involved in building the Internet by supplying data or programming muscle. After all, Amazon.com isn’t going to build itself.

Check out this video on the Internet from 1993 as well.

This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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16 comments
Aqeel Ahmed
Aqeel Ahmed

Physicists made the internet and they made it free for everyone...! Thanks to physics people who invented it :)

Mycool Ledesma
Mycool Ledesma

It all led up to this. Meme...All me me!™*M¥¢00£ £€D€$MA*©

Tami Van Zant
Tami Van Zant

Now this is COOL!!! .... I'm down with the sickness!! .... Xoxoxo

Jeff Long
Jeff Long

I don't see Al Gore under the people who helped invent it. Hmmm...

Pitchappan Rajendran
Pitchappan Rajendran

Gagan Google search bar is a feature of the browser not the internet or website

Beth Walker
Beth Walker

This is really neat. And gagan the webpage itself is online. The browser can still be current to view the website

Htoo Myat
Htoo Myat

Wow that's a regular website, so... you mean the internet is not originally created for pornography?