At CERN, a Swiss research center, a British physicist and Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee created the world's first web browser, called WorldWideWeb. The browser was also a simple WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor for editing web pages. WorldWideWeb only worked with the NextStep operating system. Later, the browser was renamed Nexus to avoid confusion with the World Wide Web (WWW).
Particle physicist and software developer Paul Kunz launched the first web server in the US. Department of State at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Paul Kunz was inspired by the World Wide Web project directly from its creator Tim Berners-Lee, whom he met in person at the CERN Swiss Research Center in September of the same year. Tim Berners-Lee asked Silvano de Gennaro, an Italian computer scientist who worked in CERN research laboratories, to scan and upload a photo of a parody pop group called Les Horribles Cernettes (The Horrible CERN Girls) to the website info, cern, ch.
This photo became one of the first images published on the World Wide Web. A Dutch software engineer, Martijn Koster, announced Aliweb's first search engine (Archie-Like Indexing in the Web) designed specifically for the World Wide Web service. In May 1994, Aliweb was presented to the public at the first international conference on the WWW at the CERN Research Center in Geneva. Aliweb didn't have a web crawler to search and index web pages.
The sites were added to the database at the request of users using special files containing their exact description and location.