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The web is 25 years old. Did you use it today? And yesterday? Wow, it’s really catching on.

Here are some old websites from 1994 to 1998, when the web was in full swing (or so we thought).

If you’ve got your own to share, do leave them in the comments section below.

Microsoft

Google

Apple

BBC

And a few years later

CNN

NYT

AT&T Atlanta Olympic Games

GAP

Lexus

LEGO

NHL

HM Treasury

The Guardian

British Library

Expedia

'Electronic' Telegraph

PBS

UCL Libraries

British Museum

Wolfram Research

SpaceJam

Pizza Hut

Heineken

Shepherd Neame

Ben Davis

Published 12 March, 2014 by Ben Davis @ Econsultancy

Ben Davis is a senior writer at Econsultancy. He lives in Manchester, England. You can contact him at ben.davis@econsultancy.com, follow at @herrhuld or connect via LinkedIn.

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Kev

No, the internet is not 25 years old. The World Wide Web is 25. They are completely different things.

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Ben Davis

Ben Davis, Senior Writer at EconsultancyStaff

Sorry guys, I realise that my use of the term internet isn't accurate. In whipping the article together I guess I was thinking commercial internet, which isn't quite correct anyway, and I shouldn't get away with leaning on incorrect vernacular!

My turn to look like an amateur for a while.

Hope you enjoyed the pics. And yes, the WEB is 25.

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PhilJSmith67

Honorable Mention should go to Mirsky's "Worst Of The Web"

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Jonny Cooper

Gap looked pretty cool. How about a brave eCommerce business deliberately launching a retro-chic site?

over 2 years ago

John Fox

John Fox, I help public bodies to be more effective and efficient at delivering their services through digital transformation. I'm currently assisting the government of the States of Jersey. at Muckle Flugga Services Limited

Fascinating, thanks for the share!

There are, of course, plenty of websites that could have appeared here as an alternative 25 but didn't.

One such, perhaps, would be Hampshire County Council's Hantsweb which was the first local government website in the UK and which was singled out by Bill Gates of Microsoft in 1998 as 'possibly the best example of a government website in the world' when writing his book 'Business @ the Speed of Thought'.

I'm proud to say that I was the webmaster at the time. Hantsweb has gone from strength to strength: www.hants.gov.uk

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Fran

Links not live on my iPad 2

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Jean-Luc

My first shot on my website was done in late 99. Strange enough before going live with it I had already created half a dozen of websites and a lot of them connected to a database. Back then it wasn't an easy task, Ms Access by the way.
All of the websites I am showing on my home page (see www.corobori.com/images/picCoroboriV1999.jpg) brought back to me good memories. "Stade de Suisse" created during the building process of a stadium in Geneva, Switzerland, with game's life comentary (way before most European top team). Troped.org, the first website I actually was paid for. EtoileCarouge.ch, when we had to explain to its chairman what the hell is "Internet", Creperie Saint Bernard, my first multilingual website (Spanish, French and English), Doris Black Pearl a one page website and finally MejoresDatos.cl a website I am still working on almost everyday, 15 years down the lane

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Madeleine

Take a look at how charity websites have evolved - British Red Cross in 1998, 2006 and 2014: http://bit.ly/webAt25

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George from Miami

I wonder why Yahoo was left out.

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Paul Hilton

Nostalgia overload...

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Matt Lovell, Head of Group Analytics & Digital Insight at Thomas Cook Group AirlinesEnterprise

So the question is, if we fast forward to 2030, how many of the websites we currently think of as user friendly and really cutting edge will be seen as archaic...

That said, the secondary question I guess is how many websites that are still live today look like they could have existed back in the early nineties!!

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Morwenna Stewart

This is fun reading. Does econsultancy have any examples of good practice - particularly in the public sector (where sites are not sales led)?

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Kirin Schreuder-Bouwmeister

I think a website should always be sales-led, that's how company's like bol.com can take back packages with the wrong stuff without the costumer paying. It's like using your own house / bathroom to check your new clothes, and if the shoes don't fit, you can give them back to the company without paying for sending it back.

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