Check out these websites from the naughty nineties that still run today.
The world Wide Web has evolved since its inception by Tim Bernes-Lee. We’re now away from the plain-looing text-only sites with lagging speeds and just in the advent of web3.
Below we take you down memory lane to the historical moment when websites were numbered. We cover 12 popular websites from the days that still run to date.
The CERN website was established by the European Organization for nuclear research in Geneva, Switzerland. Berners-Lee created CERN in 1989 as the first-ever website in the world. At that time, Berners-Lee was working on the web at the organization. Visit the page to see a live-created version of the original website.
- World Wide Web Virtual Library
This site was actually a virtual information center addressing different topics. After Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web Virtual Library in 1991, it became the first index of content website. Although the site underwent an update in 2017, it still maintains its original look and purpose.
Nikhef is the third website on our list of 90s websites that still roam. Nikhef is Dutch Institute for Nuclear and Atomic Physics, created in 1992 and still remains active.
Of course, the new looks may deceive you into thinking it is a new site, but Nikhef has been around for a long and emerged shortly after Virtual Library and CERN.
Martijn Koster developed the Archie Like Indexing for the Web (ALIWEB) and released it in 1994. Users relied on this site before the emergence of Google Search.
ALIWEB has other websites links on its homepage, making it an early version of a search engine. Although the site remains active today, don’t expect to find the latest information as it was last updated in 2001.
WebCrawler.com was an early version of a search engine, this time with full-text search capability. Brian Pinkerton created the site in 1994, making it the first search engine of its kind and providing a better alternative to ALIWEB.
Apparently, WebCrawler.com is more robust than ALIWEB, but it still falls behind Bing and Google. Visit the site and experience the unique 90’s vibe.
- The Exploratorium
This site was named after a popular San Fransisco art and technology museum founded by Frank Oppenheimer. The museum opened in the late 60s and sought online presence in the nineties.
The Exploratorium was the first museum to go online after creating a website that’s now among the oldest surviving. However, the site has undergone a complete overhaul with a complete facelift and an intuitive, modern design.
Bloomberg.com joined a handful of websites available globally in 1993. Although the company was founded in the early 80s, it was until 1993 that it joined the ranks of innovative companies with a corporate site.
To this day, Bloomberg remains online, using the old site as an outlet to provide software, financial, and other services.
- Doctor Fun
In late 1993, David Farley started the Doctor Fun webcomic during his tenure at the University of Chicago. The site presented about 2600 cartoon strips between 1993 and 2006.
You can still access the site and all cartoon collections to remind you of the good old days and the internet’s evolution.
- The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
IMDb started as a movie database to become one of the largest online sources of updated information regarding movies, cast, etc.
The computer science department of Cardiff University, Wales, hosted the website after it launched in 1993. However, IMDb integrated a modern website design after becoming an Amazon company.
- 10.Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA)
When independent artists complained about shady record labels undermining their efforts, three students of the University of California, Santa Cruz, combined efforts to launch this site and help the artists bypass the labels.
John Luini, Rob Lord, and Jeff Patterson launched the site in 1993, allowing independent artists to register and share their music online. EMusic later acquired IUMA, but the site’s legacy thrives.
MTV was the iconic and popular musical TV brand that reigned in the 80s and 90s. Although the brand was launched in 1981, its domain was registered later in 1993.
The website has become active lately, letting you step back and view features of earlier sites through the Wayback Machine. The machine also lets you view the original version of many old websites.
It was until Clinton’s administration that the White House went online. The Whitehouse.gov website was launched in 1994 and made available in English and Spanish.
Today the site has significantly transformed, sporting a modern look that contrasts the earlier days. The significant improvement on the site is a testament to the extent of World Wide Web evolution.
While millions of great websites have come and gone, these still hold on. They remind us of times when the internet was in its infantry stage. Thanks to significant improvements in technology and connectivity, 5G is gaining traction as well as Web3, AI, cryptocurrency, machine learning, to name a few.