Happy 20th Birthday WWW!

This is actually a belated happy birthday greetings to WWW already. WWW was born on April 30, 1993 at CERN laboratory.


I became aware of WWW 3 years after it was born. I was in the University at that time taking a Computer Science course. I remember my classmates and I were only using BBS to exchange ideas and files over the wire (wifi is unheard of).

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First Webhost
WWW was born at CERN led by Tim Berners-Lee. The first website in the world was hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer.

First Website Content

So what’s the content of this first website? Well, not so much actually. It only described the basic features of the web; how to access other people’s documents and how to set up your own server.

First IP of info.cern.ch

First URL

The first URL was: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. The URL has been dormant for years but due to it’s historical importance, it was put back online!

The document that officially put the World Wide Web into public domain on 30 April 1993 can be seen here on this link –> https://cds.cern.ch/record/1164399.  This made World Wide Web (“W3”, or simply “the web”) technology available on a royalty-free basis.

The WWW  was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for information sharing between physicists in universities and institutes around the world. I think this is still the same way today. With so many social network and portals around the world wide web, I personally think the vision of those who painstakingly invented WWW has come into reality and much more!

According to the document release by CERN for describing WWW, one of the aims of WWW is to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed groups of users, and the creation and dissemination of information by support groups. This is exactly what is happening right now! Just look at the social network sites and see what I mean.

Again, let’s greet WWW happy birthday for changing how we spend our time online!

source: http://info.cern.ch/


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