Remember When the First Website Went Online?

I remember when ARPANET turned into the Internet and the very first web site went online.  Ok, there’s no clear delineation where one stopped and the other one started, but I’ve been using whatever-it-was-called since 1981.

About a month ago, the organization who put the world’s very first web site online dug up a copy of the old site and put it back online. It was a very simple, text-only site and used the brand-new HTT Protocol to serve up pages. The source code for the browser and the server were both readily available and I grabbed them and built them on the UNIX machine I had in the basement. Very cool.

According to the statement on CERN‘s website, the URL they resurrected is the earliest copy of the 1992 link they could find.

“With few people having access to browsers — or to web servers so that they could in turn publish their own content — it must have taken a visionary leap of faith at the time to see why it was so exciting,” reads CERN’s statement.

More than 20 years later, the World Wide Web has become an incredible tool for communication and information. Wow. What will the next two decades hold for us?

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