The World's First Website Went Online 25 Years Ago Today

Posted by Megalith 2:14 PM (CDT)

Saturday August 06, 2016

History was made on August 6, 1991, when the world’s first web page was launched using a NeXT computer at CERN's headquarters in Geneva. The infrastructure for the web was built about a year before, which included core technologies such as HTTP and HTML.

On this day 25 years ago the world's first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages. Berners-Lee used the public launch to outline his plan for the service, which would come to dominate life in the twenty-first century. "The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system," said Berners-Lee on the world's first public website. "The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone."