Happy Birthday, Websites. The World’s First Website Turns 25 Years-Old

There are many websites registered in the world today, over four billion, where you can find everything you need.

But, how did this begin?

The first website in the world was created by Tim Berners-Lee, now Sir Tim, and it went online exactly 25 years ago, the very first website officially went online December 21st, 1990.


Hosted by the World Wide Web (where “www” comes from) on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. It was used internally by CERN scientists until the whole server was opened up to anyone with an Internet connection in August 1991. When Berners-Lee created the first website, the “internet” was a group of static documents, used almost exclusively by defence organisations and academic institutions

Fun fact!

The world’s first webpage was hosted on a NeXT PC, the computer company Steve Jobs founded after he was ousted from Apple. But today, a large number of people visit websites and share knowledge using their mobile devices.

Any regrets?

  • Sir Tim has admitted that he shouldn’t have bothered putting two slashes after the HTTP: in URLs.
  • Security, or rather the lack of it in the original HTTP standard, is another area that Sir Tim admits to getting wrong. Now he’d like to see all web traffic and email encrypted, although he acknowledges that there are times when investigators legitimately need access to encrypted data for criminal prosecutions.
  • Also, important was the text, but, he considered that ” we aim to allow graphics interchange, but in this project, we concentrate on the universal readership for text, rather than on graphics” (as reports The Telegraph and Engadget)

It removed 25 years from the world’s first webpage. Information has never traveled faster and wider than today, and today the Tim’s Berners-Lee “brain child” is 25 years old!


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