The very first website was nxoc01.cern.ch running on a NeXT computer at CERN, and the very first web page was http://nxoc01.cern.ch/hypertext /WWW/TheProject.html. It was first put online on 6 August 1991. This website does not exist today.

The only people who actually had web browser software were Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN. Yes, Sir Timothy John Tim Berners-Lee(TimBL) published the first-ever website. He is a British computer scientist, MIT professor and the inventor of the World Wide Web. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web (WWW) Foundation.

While making the First website, CERN physicists had an idea to connect hypertext with the Internet and personal computers, thereby having a single information network to help them share all the computer-stored information at the laboratory. The first website served up a page explaining the World Wide Web project and giving information on how users can create their own websites and web pages and how a user could setup a web server and, as well as how they could search the web for information. The URL for the first ever web page put up on the first ever website was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to make a copy of this original page and this link is no longer active. This link is tended to be updated daily. The earliest version of it that was recorded was in 1992.



The website created was the just basic one with connections by Hypertext only. During 1991 servers appeared in other institutions in Europe and in December 1991, the first server outside the continent was installed in the US at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). By November 1992, there were 26 servers in the world, and by October 1993 the figure had increased to over 200 known web servers.

Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, is a senior researcher and holder of the founders chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) and a member of the advisory board of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. In 2011, he was named as a member the board of trustees of the Ford Foundation.