Twenty-five years ago, the first Web page popped up online — and CERN has the link to prove that it was responsible for it, restoring it for the first time in decades less than two years ago.
According to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (AKA, well, CERN), Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, came up with the idea during his tenure as a CERN scientist in 1989.
It was also at CERN where he designed the world's first website, which ended up being the website for the astronomical organization itself and was hosted on Berners-Lee's NeXT computer. The site mainly functioned as a tutorial for the then-cutting-edge mode of information-sharing.
As CERN noted in a statement posted on its blog on Dec. 20, the website was fully restored in 2013 to its original address. The server used to host the page (again, the NeXT computer), is still preserved at the organization's facility.
You can check out the world's first site for yourself here.
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