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  • World Wide Web of the Late 1990s

    The 1990s were a transformative era for the internet, as it was a time of immense growth and experimentation. Back then, many companies and even individuals believed that the internet was just a passing trend, something that would eventually fade away. However, the web continued to evolve and revolutionize the way we communicate, work, and access information.

    During this period, the internet was plagued with numerous limitations that made web design a truly challenging task. One of the major obstacles was the infamous dial-up modem, which offered dreadfully slow internet speeds. This meant that loading a simple webpage could take what felt like an eternity, creating frustrating user experiences.

    Additionally, bandwidth limitations posed a significant hurdle for web developers. With tiny bandwidth allowances, incorporating graphics, images, or videos into websites was a laborious task. This hindered the ability to create visually compelling and interactive websites, as uploading anything beyond basic text was time-consuming and impractical.

    Moreover, low-resolution monitors further constrained the possibilities for web design. With limited display capabilities, designers had to work with small pixel counts and restricted color palettes, resulting in visually underwhelming websites compared to today's standards.

    Lastly, small hard drives were a significant barrier to web design innovation. With limited storage space, websites had to be resource-efficient and minimalist in design. This meant sacrificing elements such as high-quality images or extensive multimedia content, further deterring the creation of visually rich websites.

    Despite these limitations, the challenges of the '90s fostered creativity and pushed designers to find ingenious ways to create engaging web experiences within those constraints. The evolution of technology and the web would eventually overcome these drawbacks, leading to the sophisticated web design we enjoy today.

    Here are some of the top websites of the late 1990s. Remember any of these site designs?

    America Online, AOL.com of 1996

    AOL.com 1996

    Google of 1999

    Google 1999

    Yahoo of 1996

    Yahoo 1996

    Ebay of 1999

    Ebay 1999

    Apple of 1997

    Apple 1997

    Screenshots courtesy of Wayback Machine

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