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Happy Web day - 25 websites for 25 years

On the Web's 25th anniversary, look back on those early websites, when a plaintext version of a home page was mandatory and 56K dial-up was as good as it got for many of us

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The Web's 25th anniversary: 25 websites from the past 25 years

It started as nothing more than a documentation management solution for academics. Twenty-five years later, the World Wide Web has evolved explosively, becoming a pillar of publishing, commerce, networking, communication -- you name it.

Here's a look at the state of 25 websites from the earliest days of the Web, many of which are still around today -- though you'd be hard-pressed to match most of them to what they have become. Sure, the early World Wide Web was designed for minimal bandwidth and basic browser functionality, but it's hard not to sense the excitement of invention that imbued the sites on display here.


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The first Web page, hosted at CERN

On March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee published a document with the sober title of "Information Management: A Proposal." He outlined "the management of general information about accelerators and experiments at CERN" and soon set up the first Web server on a NeXT workstation. Great things have small beginnings, and it's humbling to look at this page and realize that literally every single other Web page has descended from it in some form.


  • The first Web page, hosted at CERN
  • Symbolics.com (1995)
  • Whitehouse.gov (1995)
  • AOL.com (1996)
  • Apple.com (1997)
  • Powells.com (1998)
  • Amazon.com (1995)
  • HotWired.com (1997)
  • Yahoo.com (1996)
  • Google.com (1998)
  • Lycos.com (1996)
  • Dell.com (1996)
  • IBM.com (1996)
  • HP.com (1996)
  • Linux.org (1996)
  • Intel.com (1996)
  • NYTimes.com (1996)
  • Slashdot.org (1998)
  • Oracle.com (1996)
  • Wikipedia.com (2001)
  • Sun.com (1996)
  • Netscape.com (1996)
  • Microsoft.com (1998)
  • Novell.com (1996)
  • InfoWorld.com (1996)


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