The Internet has come a long way since it began to become a staple in households around the world in the mid-90s, and we’ve got the proof. We’ve rounded up 14 amazingly awful 1990s websites that are not only still around, but still functioning. So grab a can of Surge, cozy up, and get ready to head back in time to the most visually appealing decade in history — Not!
But first, you’ll need to get into the right mindset. We recommend clicking play on the video below.
Cyberspace can be a confusing place. Thankfully, Netscape is here to help you understand how to use “hyperlinks” to find your way around.
The first official website for the White House launched in 1994 during the Clinton-Gore administration, well before the majority of Americans had home access to the Internet. The semi-functional site remains preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration
The website for Space Jam, the classic film starring Michael Jordan, has remained untouched in all its glory since 1996. Head to Jam Central to download the movie trailer, print out characters to color in, or simply sit back and admire the neon colors and elegant frames.
Martial Arts fan? Check out Random House’s site dedicated to Jackie Chan’s 1998 autobiography. Test your Jackie IQ, read about Jackie’s top 10 stunts, or take a look at Jackie’s filmography up until 1978’s Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow — if you want to know his complete filmography, you’ll need to buy the book.
You can do anything at zombo com. Anything at all.
This promo website for Jurassic Park’s 1997 sequel The Lost World was designed to be the Intranet for InGen, the bioengineering company that resurrected the dinosaurs. Be sure to read the employee handbook before you proceed.
You also probably have quite a few questions about how the Internet works, such as what “Netiquette” or “flaming” might be. Dr. Internet will fill you in, and then you’ll be ready to start exploring cyberspace with confidence.
The religious group Heaven’s Gate was all over the news in 1997 when 39 members were found after having committed suicide in the belief that their souls would be sent to an alien spacecraft supposedly following the Hale–Bopp Comet. And they had a website, which is still usable today.
Looking to stay informed about the O.J. Simpson case? Get the latest news at CNN’s O.J. page, last updated in 1995.
10. I Find It
Relive the pre-Google days with this handy search engine.
11. You’ve Got Mail
The website for #1 romance film in history is still up and running. You can even peruse the characters’ emails to each other.
Published on December 31, 1999, this article gives a list of websites for those waiting for disaster of Y2K at home or work. Sadly, most of the listed sites are now defunct, but it’s still an interesting glimpse into the past.
Read Patrick R. Michaud’s seminal study on Pop-Tarts as incendiary devices, first published in 1994. Please do not try this at home.
The original site for the TV show Friends began in 1994, when there was no official site for fans to use. It has been updated fairly recently, and still hosts an informative FAQ for all of you Friends fans out there.
This article written by Clifford Stoll, written in 1995, ponders the future of cyberspace. Did he nail it?
Don’t you just miss the flashing banners and fancy scrolling frames of the 1990s? Let us know what you think of these websites from the 90s below.