We’ve just passed a very notable landmark in the history of the internet: the first public website went online on the 6th of August, 1991. In fact you can still visit it, but you won’t find any spinning GIFs or Facebook Like buttons – just text and hyperlinks.
Berners-Lee first dreamed up the idea of the web in 1989: it would use the global internet (itself still a fledgling platform) to host pages that anyone could access. It seems old hat now but it was hugely innovative for its time.
By October 1990, Berners-Lee had written the code for the HTML (HyperText Markup Language) that websites are based on, the HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) standard that enables data communication over the web, and the URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) address that gives each site its own URL.
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While the first website went up at the end of 1990, it wasn’t until 6 August the following year that Berners-Lee publicly shared his creation outside of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) where he worked. The rest, as they say, is history.
As the World Wide Web was so new, some explanation was needed: the first website included details of what this new invention was, how to access it, and how interested programmers could contribute to it.
It’s always worth remembering how far these internet technologies have come in a very short space of time – and the noble and ambitious vision that helped create them.
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