The first web page went live 29 years ago today. This is what it looks like

The first web page went live 29 years ago today. This is what it looks like

There are millions of web pages now, but none of them existed twenty-nine years ago. The first web page went live on August 6, 1991. It was dedicated to information on the World Wide Web project and was created by Tim Berners-Lee. It was spread on a Nexi computer by the European organization Nuclear Research, CERN.

While exploring and discovering the web, Berners-Lee spent most of his working hours in the 31 (second floor) building in CERN (46.2325°N 6.0450°E), but in two of his homes, in France, one in Switzerland. The first web servers outside of CERN itself were launched in January 1991.

The first web page may be lost, but Paul Jones of UNCP-Chapel Hill in North Carolina revealed in May 2013 that he had a copy of a page sent by Berners-Lee in 1991, the oldest known web page. Jones stores plain-text pages with hyperlinks on a floppy disk and his next computer. CERN completed the oldest webpage back online in 2014 with hyperlinks that helped users get started and by then a very small web that helped them navigate. In August 1991, Berners-Lee posted a summary of the World Wide Web project to the alt. Hypertext newsgroup, inviting collaborators. This date is sometimes confused with the universal availability of the first web servers that occurred a few months ago.

What Berners-Lee discovered was pre-occupied, although its creators at the time were too preoccupied with trying to get their colleagues to realize its value and to try to find future historians to discover it. I mean the team at the time didn’t know how special it was, so they thought of keeping copies, didn’t they? Dan Noyes, who ran several large CERN websites in 2013, told NPR. He believes the first incarnation of the world’s first web page is still out somewhere, probably on a floppy disk or a hard drive hanging in someone’s home.

This is how the 1992 edition was found. I took a copy of the whole website to a floppy disk on my machine so I could show it locally to show people what it was like. And I ended up leaving a copy of that floppy disk, Tim Berners-Lee told NPR. unfortunately, despite CERN’s best efforts, the first page itself was not found. It can never be.

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