25 years ago today Tim Berners-Lee (now Sir Tim, of course) and CERN plugged in the phone line, pressed publish, and introduced the World Wide Web to the public.
Working at CERN, Berners-Lee paired the existing internet technology with hypertext, with the idea of making it a web of information accessible to everyone. And on 23rd August, 1991, it was.
Despite some confusion the Internet and World Wide Web are actually two different things. The internet is a network of computers that are connected and the World Wide Web refers to the web pages found on this network of computers. Berners-Lee created the world’s first browser which allows users to easily search through all this information and view it.
You can still visit the very first webpage, which is a beginner’s guide detailing what the web is, how to use it, and all the technical project details of its construction: