The World's first website was made live 20 year ago today by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and CERN.

On Christmas Day 1990, Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau communicated for the first time using the world's first web server. However, it wasn't until August 6th 1991, that a website was made live on this web server to be accessed by others connected to it.

According to Living Internet, the website was an online version of the CERN telephone book. Berners-Lee then posted a notice on the alt.hypertext newsgroup about where to download their web server and browser so others could access the website.

The website says some CERN staff started keeping one window open on their computer at all times just to access the telephone web page.

"I'm sure that not even Tim Berners-Lee himself could have predicted that in a mere 20 years, the use of the internet would have exploded so dramatically, with billions and billions of websites now accessible. Now, even as new tools become available to allow people to access the Internet in different ways, the website is the heart of the Internet," said Chris Winstanley, VP of marketing at BaseKit, a firm that's offers website building software

"However, despite the billions of sites out there, there are still many companies around the world who still don't have one of their own," he added.

According to Winstanley, having a website can be the difference between success and failure for businesses. Recent research by the firm revealed more than four in five (82 percent) of small businesses saying having a website is a good thing for their business and that two thirds believe the company website as more important than their physical presence.

"At just 20 years old, the website has come a long way. As internet access begins to spread across developing countries, and new tools are created that make it even easier for individuals and companies to create their own sites, we believe that it has an incredibly bright future ahead of it, and will evolve to have uses we cannot even begin to imagine at this stage."