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.

The World Wide Web Project

Pretty basic stuff. Just text and some hyperlinks.

Since then, over 1,000,000,000 websites have been launched ( 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 ( 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 Computer


Apple – Feb 15, 2015




Microsoft – Feb 3, 1999

Welcome to Microsoft's Homepage


Microsoft – Feb 13, 2015

Microsoft Canada | Devices and Services


CBC – Dec 22, 1996

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Website


CBC – Feb 13, 2015 - Canadian News Sports Entertainment Kids Docs Radio TV



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