Want to check out the very world’s first ever online hosted website? The first website at CERN – and in the world – was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself and hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. In 2013, CERN launched a project to restore this very first website: info.cern.ch.
It takes a spark of history to do that. But here, just in a nutshell:
Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989 while working at CERN. The Web was originally conceived and developed to meet the need for automated information exchange between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.
On April 30, 1993, CERN placed the World Wide Web software in the public domain. Later, CERN made a version available with an open license, a sure way to maximize distribution. These actions enabled the Web to thrive.