The History of the World Wide Web

Who Invented the World Wide Web?

The World Wide Web was invented by the one and only Sir Tim Berners-Lee back in 1989. The WWW (World Wide Web) was developed for sharing information between scientists in universities across the globe.

What is the World Wide Web?

Before we start let’s get this straight… the World Wide Web and the internet are not the same thing! Whilst they’re closely linked, they are very different. Now, let’s gather an understanding of the differences between the World Wide Web and the internet.

Tim Bernes-Lee giving a speech at a conference

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – JANUARY 18, 2012: Inventor and founder of World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee delivers an address to IBM Lotusphere 2012 conference on January 18, 2012. He speaks about social Web

The WWW is a vast collection of webpages, these webpages are found on a network of computers and use the internet to access the web. An easy way to remember the difference between the WWW and the internet is trains. Let me explain before you start to think I’m crazy! The internet is the train track and the world wide web is the train. The internet connects computers via “train tracks”, at which point the WWW travels across to provide web users with access to search engines.

Hypertext and the internet were already around, but no one had thought of a way to connect to the internet and these documents. That’s where Sir Tim Berners-Lee comes in! Tim had the idea to merge the always-evolving technologies of computers, data networks and hypertext to produce a powerful platform, in which scientists from across the world could share their findings and knowledge for other people to use. We now know this as the World Wide Wide!

Tim suggested three main technologies that allowed each and every computer to understand each other. These three technologies are HTML, URL, and HTTP and are still in use to this day. He also created the world’s very first web server and web browser, the documents from these can still be found on the internet today!


The Evolution of the World Wide Web

The World Wide Web has changed a lot since it was first created, I mean just take a look at the first-ever website. The very first website was set live on the 6th of August, 1991 and the internet has changed a lot since then over the past 28 years.

The first websites were simply made up of text and images, they’re often compared to an online book. They just contained the very basics. Unlike nowadays, most people were unable to create their own webpages. To create a webpage back then, one would have to write all the HTML code by hand.

As technology advanced, so did the WWW. People began to communicate and share their knowledge online even more. We can now create our own websites, communicate with friends and family on the other side of the world with a click of a button, as well as post and publish your content for the world to discover. 

Although the way people use the web has changed, many of the technologies that were used to create the first web pages are still being used to this day.


What is a Web Server?

A web server is a program on a computer that uses HTTP to serve files from web pages to the user.  

What is a Website?

A website is a location connected to the internet which maintains one or more web pages. 

What is a URL?

URL stands for uniform resource locator, it’s a unique “address” given to each and every resource on the web, whether that’s a webpage or an image.

What is HTML? 

HTML stands for hypertext markup language, this is the publishing format for the web.  

What is HTTP?

HTTP stands for hypertext transfer protocol, this allows HTML documents to be requested and transmitted between web servers and browsers. 

Emily Bradnam

Emily joined the Bright Design team as an apprentice in 2018 and now plays a key role within the marketing team as an SEO Executive. Her main responsibilities are to identify strategies, techniques and tactics to improve the number of online visitors to client’s websites. Driving growth and profit for our client-partners.

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