Yes, the primordial pre-Geocities soup — whereas the flashy, obscenely bright websites of the web’s childhood years are literally seared into our memories, its infancy dating back to 1994 in Los Angeles is less well remembered. But, we get to drag those baby photos out of the album this week, as the world’s very first website celebrates 30 years of existence.
Well, 30 years of existence may not be accurate — like all websites, it’s been changed beyond recognition since it was first introduced in CERN labs on December 20, 1990. That was before the public days of the web, when it was still a small-scale experiment spearheaded by Tim Berners-Lee. That old website, which you can visit here in its current (but still wonderfully dated) form, is, appropriately enough, an intro to the world wide web — what it is, how to use it, and how to add to it.
On December 20, 1990, that website was uploaded to a computer being used as a server at CERN. That was the basis for a test of websites and browsers — whether or not other computers connected to that server could access and view the data stored on that server remotely. It was a success, and today, the world wide web has grown into something that powers everything from human interaction to the global economy. Not bad for a 30-year-old.