It was over two decades ago that the world’s first and foremost web page was developed and went live in 1991. Back then, web design used to be quite basic and mediocre with no flashy effects whatsoever. This is evident from the fact that you can still view the first web page which is simplistic and monotonous to say that least. Even though as of today, every famous website has revamped and redecorated their website designs to a contemporary and modern look, all of them used to be dull and boring in the past.

This post will take you to a journey in the past and showcase how some of the most well-known and famed websites used to look like decades ago. This includes search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, social networking sites like Facebook, Friendster and Craiglist, even tech sites like Technorati and Gizmodo. A website’s design plays critical role in generating traffic and popularity. I’m sure you will be surprised after watching how Facebook used to look like in its Beta phase. Had it still been in the same old state, you wouldn’t have opted to use it today.

So sit back and enjoy this blast from the past and see how 35 of the most famous websites looked decades ago.

  • Digg (2004)

Digg

  • Wal-Mart Online (2001)

Wal-Mart Online

  • Technorati (2003)

Technorati

  • AOL (1996)

AOL

  • Reddit (2005)

Reddit (2005)

  • Forbes Magazine (1996)

Forbes Magazine (1996)

  • Myspace (1996)

Myspace (1996)

  • IMDB (2000)

IMDB (2000)

  • About com (1999)

About.com (1999)

  • CNN (2000)

CNN (2000)

  • Go Daddy (2000)

Go Daddy (2000)

  • Flickr (2004)

Flickr (2004)

  • Microsoft (1997)

Microsoft (1997)

  • Apple (1997)

Apple (1997)

  • PayPal (1999)

PayPal (1999)

  • Mashable (2007)

Mashable (2007)

  • eHow (2000)

eHow (2000)

  • Craigslist org (2000)

Craigslist.org (2000)

  • Photobucket (2003)

Photobucket (2003)

  • LinkedIn (2005)

LinkedIn (2005)

  • Amazon (1995)

Amazon (1995)

  • WordPress.0rg (2003)

WordPress.0rg (2003)

  • Bing (2004)

Bing (2004)

  • YouTube (2005)

YouTube (2005)

  • Facebook (2005)

Facebook (2005)

  • Wikipedia (2002)

Wikipedia (2002)

  • eBay (2000)

eBay (2000)

  • Yahoo (1998)

Yahoo (1998)

  • Google (1998)

Google (1998)

  • New York Times (1996)

New York Times (1996)

  • Live.com (1998)

Live.com (1998)

  • The Huffington Post (2005)

The Huffington Post (2005)

  • Friendster (2003)

Friendster (2003)

  • Yelp (1996)

Yelp (1996)

  • Gizmodo (2002)

Gizmodo (2002)

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