No, I’m not referring to the “whole” internet.
I’m talking about how the first ever website that was published on the World Wide Web and in turn, made the internet popular among the public.
Note: Internet is older than the ‘Web‘ by around 21 years (August 6th), first called as ARPANET and the first three letters sent over it was the letters L, O, and G which caused the system to crash afterwards
Tim Berners-Lee first proposed a project on the 26th of August, 1991 which could make organizing and distribution of files over a computer network possible. He created all the tools for use in the establishment of the ‘Web’ such as the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), first Web browser (also called Web editor), first HTTP server software (the CERN httpd), first Web server (NeXTcube, a high-end workstation computer during that time), and of course the first ever Web page which showed details about the whole project. The very first webpage ever published on the Web can be seen here.
Both the HTTP protocol and HTML language are still being used today. Although both still work pretty much the same way, changes to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol such as the HTTPS (which uses the regular HTTP protocol alongside TLS/SSL) was needed to address the needs of the public and establishments for secure use of the internet, which is now being used for online transactions (online shopping, bill payments, etc.) as well as transfer of highly confidential information from computer-to-computer. Implementation of HTTPS makes it harder for hackers to gain access to these sensitive data since the information sent over the internet is encrypted.
If it wasn’t for Tim Berner-Lee, would we be able to have internet browsers on our smartphones and computers (not unless someone else will be able to invent it)? Would the internet even gain a significant part in our daily lives? Humans have indeed come a long way, from telegraphs to 4G LTE… I wonder what’s next?