Website Design – How Far We’ve Come
The very first website was launched on August 6, 1991.
It was developed by Tim Berners-Lee and ran on a NeXT computer at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN. It was a basic website that provided information about the World Wide Web project.
This is what it looked like.
Pretty basic stuff. Just text and some hyperlinks.
Since then, over 1,000,000,000 websites have been launched (http://www.internetlivestats.com/total-number-of-websites/) and technology has changed dramatically.
I thought I’d have some fun and have a look at what some of the most popular websites looked like when they were first launched, compared to what they look like now. I used the Wayback Machine (https://archive.org/web/web.php) to have a look at some of the early websites. Here are a few “then and now” screen shots.
Hope you enjoy!
Google – Dec 2, 1998
Google – Feb 13, 2015
Yahoo – Oct 7, 1998
Yahoo – Feb 13, 2015
Apple – July 15, 1997
Apple – Feb 15, 2015
Microsoft – Feb 3, 1999
Microsoft – Feb 13, 2015
CBC – Dec 22, 1996
CBC – Feb 13, 2015