The original iteration of the Internet, known as Web 1.0, was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was the first global network to reflect the future of digital communications. It describes the initial “iteration” of what eventually developed into a platform with significant multi-functional applications.
The early Internet consisted largely of web pages connected by hyperlinks, lacking the modern-day extra images, controls, and forms. It was a “read-only” web or one that wasn’t interactive in any meaningful way, according to experts. The majority of web users were passive, and most user inputs occurred offline. Individual webpages were often composed of static pages that were stored on free web hosting services or web servers maintained by internet service providers (ISPs).