First Website

Development Team Recreates First Ever Website

A team of developers have set about recreating the world’s first website, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the web.

Researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, are marking 20 years since the first web server framework was created in 1993. Researchers at the organization were responsible for creating the web we know today, with inventor Tim Berners-Lee originally describing his creation as “vague, but exciting”.

According to reports in CNN, the teams of physicists are looking to recreate the original page from 1989, consulting Internet archives to piece together the landmark page.

The first website was a step-by-step guide for users looking to set up their own web servers, with content links in place of the default layouts and navigation styles that are now so familiar. The infrastructure was officially launched to the public on April 30, 1993.

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The website itself is text-only, with directory-style navigation. At the time of its creation, there were just 400 web servers in existence worldwide, with the majority of their traffic from email and file transfers. Today, the web has grown significantly, with over 110,000 new domain names registered every day and over 630 million websites in existence.   Rolf Heuer, director-general of CERN, said that the web demonstrates the importance of science and research to society, and highlights the difference that technology can make to our lives.

“There is no sector of society that has not been transformed by the invention, in a physics laboratory, of the Web. From research to business and education, the Web has been reshaping the way we communicate, work, innovate and live. The Web is a powerful example of the way that basic research benefits humankind.”

The web was created to allow researchers and academics to share information between computers. Since its creation, the web has generated millions of jobs worldwide, shaping everyday life and making international commerce and communication more affordable and more direct.

Web Development companies such as Mentel.com are an example of the types of services that have grown up around the web. With websites no longer optional for virtually any organization, the demand for skilled web design and development has created brand new industries worldwide.

With the rise of outsourcing, the web has even been responsible for driving serious growth and opportunity in the developing world, and there are no signs of web activity drying up any time soon.

Smartphones and tablet devices are the new portals to the web, and in future it is expected that designers and web developers will tend toward more responsive designs. There are already examples of websites following this trajectory, and the trend for minimalist design and navigation is making it easier to view the web on non-native platforms.

Analysts are anticipating narrative and single-page design to become more widely used on the web. In place of the traditional navigation structures, long-form, scrolling pages allow websites to engage in story-telling to help visitors find the information they need – some distance from the original structures published by the CERN team over 20 years ago.