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The World's First Website Turns 25

21/12/2015 12:30 GMT | Updated 22/12/2015 09:59 GMT

The world's first website has just celebrated a milestone -- its 25th birthday.

On December 20 1990, British physicist Sir Tim Berners Lee hosted the site on his NeXt computer while working at CERN - the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

He first invented the idea in 1989 as a way for scientists to share information.

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The site, which looks nothing like the internet we have all come to know and love today, opens with simple explanation about the project.

"The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents."

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Among the list of hyperlinks on the page, are people involved in the project as well as how to access other documents and set up a server.

When Sir Tim first pitched his idea for the World Wide Web, his boss reportedly described it as "vague but exciting."

We have obviously come a long way since then and the Internet has aged rather beautifully.

In 2014, more than one billion websites were registered.