First website preserved (sort of) by CERN

How many times have you wanted to check on an old blog or a page on a website, only to find that page doesn't exist anymore? It's a common occurrence as the Internet and the World Wide Web gets older as old websites are retired or shut down entirely for a variety of reasons.

However, a copy of the very first website ever made still exists and you can visit it now on one of the pages found on the World Wide Web Consortium site. The original address for the first webpage was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

In a post on the CERN website, the nuclear research organization reveals that the copy of the first web page isn't quite what the first page looked like in 1991. The page was updated as CERN continued to change the site. CERN admits that no known screenshots of that first web page exist.

CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee first came up with a proposal in 1989 to use the Internet via a new method that involved hypertext. Of course, all of us now benefit from being able to visit pages stored on servers that use hypertext links in order to surf to other pages. CERN debated what to call this new way of accessing the Internet with labels like Mine of Information or the Information Mesh before settling on the WorldWideWeb (yes, one word) in 1990.

Source: CERN website

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I was kind of hoping for some animated 3D skulls and a scrolling marquee, maybe a midi playing in the background.

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