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The Evolution of The Web as We Know It. The first website was a simple text-based page with a few links in August 1991. The World Wide Web Consortium established in 1994, when the web was just used for sharing information. Table-based layouts became popular in 1995, and gave web designers more options for creating websites. People also used spacer gifs to control whitespace of web layouts. Table markup was, and still is meant for tabular data, but designers quickly realised they could utilise it to give structure to their designs, and create more complicated designs.