Hard as it may be to imagine, there was a time when the internet did not exist. I know because I was around at that time and let me tell you, books were your best friend.

Nowadays you can buy or even read a book online but even when the internet was developed it wasn’t as robust or wide as it is today.

We know this because we’ve spent the morning clicking through a little project from CERN which lets you visit the WorldWideWeb as it existed in 1990.

Recreating the WorldWideWeb was quite a project and so a team of nine developers flew into CERN to rebuild the web as it was.

The developers wanted to celebrate the initial proposal for the WorldWideWeb which was submitted in 1989.

The “web” is actually a website that is compiled using Eleventy and hosted by CERN.

“The design is inspired by the pallet and simplicity of the original NeXT OS. We mainly use standard system sans-serif fonts,” the developers explained.

Browsing through the site you’ll find links to NewsGroups, information about the site, the history of the web and even how the “web” was coded.

Just a note to our younger readers, you’ll need to double-click links to open them up.

It’s an excellent recreation of the internet as it was and for those of us who didn’t get internet until it was much faster and fuller in terms of content it’s a fascinating look at the beginnings of what we now consider an old friend ahead of its 30th birthday.

Visit the WorldWideWeb Rebuild here.

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Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.