Happy birthday World Wide Web!
Yes, the web as we know it turns 26 on March 12. To celebrate, we’re taking a trip back in time to visit some of the web’s first sites to see how they’ve evolved since they first his our screens.
Websites have come a long way. Formerly static, the web is now a highly visual medium. It has become a resource that has reshaped and redefined how we live our lives, interact, conduct business, and store information. Websites didn’t always hold the cachet they do now. These days, a website’s presentation says a lot about the business, product or brand behind the website, which is one of the reasons why designs have become richer and more elaborate.
“The web can be made to work with any type of information, on any device, with any software, in any language. You can link to any piece of information. You don’t need to ask for permission. What you create is limited only by your imagination,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, said last year.
And imagination is key to building a web product that stands out. But, as you’ll see here, sometimes a simple design is all you need to stand the test of time.