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World Wide Web History

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The web is getting old enough now to have a growing and interesting history. Some of that history was recently revealed through the publishing, or republishing in this case, of the very first website ever. The website, located at http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, basically launched the world wide web and changed the world forever.

It’s easy to lose sight of how far the web has really come in a short twenty years. The websites we use today that allow us to watch video, post pictures, listen to music, and update our friends and family across the globe, evolved from real humble beginnings back in the 1990’s. Back then, the world wide web consisted of text only websites.

The first text only site, http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, was updated on April 30, 1993 with the source code (or computer language) of the world wide web for anyone to freely take and use to help develop their own websites. The site provided instructions on how to create websites, for anyone to utilize. It was the foundation of the world wide web, there for the taking, on purpose. The organization behind the initial world wide web, a European research consortium, CERN, published the document in the hopes it would spur more websites and website development for the very new, at the time, world wide web. I think their wish came true. The world wide web has evolved into a global communications and commerce hub.

The website is an interesting read, especially if you like history. The summary page, http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/Summary.html, basically outlines how the world wide web began. The beginnings of the web were very much connected to academic activity among the world’s colleges and universities. It took a few years before the commercial potential was discovered.

This is the history of the world wide web, not the history of the Internet. There is a difference. The Internet is the “plumbing” that connects all of the networks of computers and servers from across the globe, which house the websites and data that we access via the Internet. The technology of the Internet was originally created by DARPA, the research and development arm of the U.S. Defense Department. Not to be confused with the Internet, the world wide web is the computer code/language that allows the information stored on all of the networked computers of the Internet to be accessed and interacted with.

 

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