1st Web site brought back to life
A quick history lesson for readers.
In 1989, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented what would be called the “World Wide Web.” The first trials were held in December 1990 at the laboratories of CERN, the major research laboratory in Geneva that’s better known today as the home of the Large Hadron Collider.
On April 30, 1993, CERN published a statement — on the Web, no less! — that made the technology behind the World Wide Web available on a royalty-free basis. (Specifically, this was the software required to run a Web server, a basic browser, and a library of code.)
And thus the modern public Web was born, at info.cern.ch.
The first Web site in the world was, understandably, dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself. (For Apple geeks reading this, it was hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer.) The Web site described what the Web was and instructed how to access others’ documents.
That original NeXT machine is still at CERN, but the world’s first Web site is no longer online at its original address.