Happy 25th birthday, first public website

On Saturday, the internet celebrated a very important birthday: the anniversary of the first public website going live.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the granddaddy of the web, put the page up on 6 August 1991. Titled simply 'World Wide Web', it gave the first internet users a little information about what the world wide web is and how to use it.

It was hosted on Berners-Lee's own computer in Geneva, which apparently had a note taped to the front saying "This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN."

Of course, the internet and the web existed long before the website went live. The birthday of the web as a whole is generally considered to be 12 March 1989 - Berners-Lee spent the next couple of years developing the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to connect up information, Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) to give each site its own address, and the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) that could be used to write the pages themselves.

Image: CERN

Back in the day though, it was used as an internal resource for CERN employees. It wasn't until 1993 that the web was made publicly available, when, finally, anyone could run a server and host websites.

You can still visit the first website, at its original address - CERN brought it back a few years ago at for your browsing pleasure. You can even view it in its original line-mode browser format, i.e. in stuttery green text on a black background.

Take a look at http://info.cern.ch, or read more about CERN's project at first-website.web.cern.ch.

Source: Telegraph

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