Web 1.0 is the first online web generation that allowed users to only view and download online content. Users couldn’t interact with the web or edit what showed up online. In other words, Web 1.0 was more static pages and less dynamic or interactive content. Also called the informational web, Web 1.0 was online in 1991. During the Web 1.0 era, there were few content creators – most users were only consumers. As far as the transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 goes, there’s no fixed date since the process was gradual and over time.

Web 1.0 was not just static web pages, and Web 2.0 wasn’t a complete overhaul of Web 1.0 either. In fact, users could reflect their views online before, but the method was different. For instance, if a blog reader wanted to comment on a particular blog post during the Web 1.0 period, he headed to the guestbook page – a dedicated page that solicited visitor comments. This is unlike commenting directly below a post. The bandwidth restrictions back then didn’t permit seamless interaction. If a blog post were to have its dedicated ‘comment below’ section, web page overload and slow-down were the imminent risks.

Web 1.0 isn’t dead but it’s overlaid by Web 2.0 features – similar to how smartphone manufacturers skin the Android mobile OS. Web 1.0 is the foundation and will be so going forward.