Back in 1991, the first ever website was launched. It’s hard to believe that it was such a short time ago that none of the connectivity that we have grown accustomed to even existed.

Today there are approximately 1.88 billion websites, this figure is currently increasing at a fast rate.

The First Ever Website

On 6 August 1991, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Switzerland published the first ever website, the WorldWideWeb (W3). Fittingly, the site was about the World Wide Web project, describing the Web and how to use it. Hosted at CERN on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer, the site’s URL was

The website is still live now and you can even see a simulation of how it would have looked on a 1991 computer.

Former physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World-Wide Web as an essential tool for High Energy Physics (HEP) at CERN from 1989 to 1994. Together with a small team he conceived HTML, http, URLs, and put up the first server and the first wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) browser and html editor. Tim is now Director of the Web Consortium W3C, the International Web standards body based at INRIA, MIT and Keio University.

By the end of 1992 there were ten websites online and after CERN made the W3 technology publicly available on a royalty-free basis in 1993, the internet gradually started to grow into the all-encompassing giant that it is today.


In 1994, there were close to 3,000 sites, one of which was a fledgling Yahoo! which, originally called ‘Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web’, started its online life as a web directory.


By the time Google came onto the scene there were over two million websites.

Take a look at this graph, it shows that there are approximately 1.88 billion websites today and this figure is currently increasing at a fast rate.

This chart shows the number of websites online from 1991 to 2021.

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