The World Wide Web was formed in 1990 and the rest is history. A lot of us have been witness to the changing trends and how internet suddenly changed the whole world and its working. How many of you actually remember your first online booking, your first online banking, your first online chat and your first online shopping experience? A lot has changed over the span of a few years and here are some of the popular websites of today and how they looked in the past.
Rediff was the first website domain name registered in India in 1996. While Mark Zuckerberg was still a kid, this website got people talking with rediffmail and kept everyone informed with its news, information, entertainment, and shopping web portal. This is what it looked like in 1998.
Naukri.com, an Indian job portal was founded in 1997. As of now, Naukri.com has more than 50 million registered job seekers. The first version of the website had 1000 jobs collected from 29 newspapers. The company which started as a floorless employee exchange is now India’s No.1 job portal. This was the first web design of Naukri.com.
Flipkart was founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal who earlier worked for Amazon.com. The first product that the website sold was the book Leaving Microsoft To Change The World to a customer from Hyderabad. Earlier the website was all about books. This is how it looked in 2007.
Shaadi.com began as Sagaai.com in 1997. During its beginning the website was primarily successful among NRIs. Earlier the website did face trouble because it had very few takers because people then were hesitant to arrange marriages through a new startup. As of now it is the world’s leading matrimony site. This screenshot is from when Shaadi.com had just 677 profiles.
IRCTC started in 1999 and the website was launched in 2002. At present it is one of the highest traffic website and the largest and the fastest-growing e-commerce website in the Asia-Pacific region, with about six lakh registered users as of 2013. The website still looks as depressing as it used to before.
Scoopwhoop was founded in 2013 by Sattvik Mishra, Sriparna Tikekar, Rishi Pratim Mukherjee, Debarshi Banerjee, Saransh Singh and Suparn Pandey. 5 years down the line, the website has garnered huge followers.
Makemytrip was founded by Deep Kalra in 2000. In 2002, it was launched in the US market to cater the needs of oversea Indian community for their US to India travels. In 2005 the website started offering online tickets to Indian travellers. This is what the website looked like in 2000.
In its initial years Justdial operated on telephone and now it addresses millions of searches from millions of users across platforms. The website was launched in 1998 and this is how it looked back then.
Myntra began as a on demand gift personalization site operating on business to business model in its initial years. Between 2007 and 2010 the website allowed customers to customize t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, calendars, watches, teddy bears, pendants, wine glasses and jigsaw puzzles.
Remember the days when you had to wait to get a seat in a cyber café to visit these sites? How simpler it is now!