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Evolution of Web – 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0

By Aspire Softserv 6 Apr 2022



Hello Leaders, Welcome to Aspire SoftServ Pvt. Ltd. (Formerly Aspire Software Solutions). Today, we will learn about a blog article on ‘What is web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0 and Evolution of Web’. 

This article will look at how the Web has changed over time. 

Quick Summary

  • Web 1.0 is a read-only web where people can read information written on websites.
  • Web 2.0 is a read-write web where people can read and write content on websites and applications.
  • Web 3.0 is a read-write-interact web. It focuses more on decentralization, trustless and permissionless, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and connectivity and ubiquity.

Let’s dive into the evolution journey from Web 1.0 to Web 3.0.

Evolution of Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0

In 1989, the first version of the Web was called WWW (World Wide Web), introduced by Tim Berners-Lee. Over the years, there have been many different versions of the Web. The main purpose of WWW was to allow people to share information easily.   

The Internet has been a roller-coaster journey since the 1990s. You can see the evolution graph is as below. 

You can see the history of all the web versions below: 

We will go through all versions from web 1.0 to web 3.0. Let’s start 

Web 1.0

What is Web 1.0

Web 1.0 was the first step of the World Wide Web. It was popularized in the early 1990s and was characterized by static web pages and simple user interactions. Websites are used to share information rather than provide dynamic user experiences. 

Features of Web 1.0

  • Static pages.  
  • Content is served to users from the server’s file system.  
  • Pages built using Server Side Includes or Common Gateway Interface (CGI).  
  • HTML Tables and Frames position and align the elements on a page. 

The Problems with Web 1.0

Web 1.0 had set the groundwork for future iterations of the Web. It allowed users to navigate and access information online easily. However, it lacked features we now take for granted, such as multimedia and social interaction.

Examples of Popular websites

Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo

Web 2.0

What is Web 2.0

“We’re entering a new world in which data may be more important than software.”

Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media and originator of the term ‘web 2.0’

Web 2.0 is a term used to describe the second generation of the World Wide Web, characterized by user-generated content, social networking, and participatory media. 

The first generation of the World Wide Web, created in the early 1990s, was static and consisted mainly of HTML pages read by web browsers. Web 2.0 brought about a new era of websites that allowed users to interact with the website itself. This was made possible by new technologies like AJAX.

Features of Web 2.0

  • Second-generation Web era   
  • They have Read-write only content.   
  • Consumers can consume and contribute content.  
  • Responsive and Dynamic content 
  • Information flows between the site owner and site users through evaluation & online commenting.  
  • Software applications based on APIs allow self-usage  
  • Web access leads to different concerns, from the traditional Internet user base to a wider variety of users.  
  • It includes CMS(WordPress), Portal, social media (Orkut, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), wikis (Wikipedia), messenger (Yahoo mail, MSN), etc.

The Problems of Web 2.0

The most significant challenge is Data security. Current Web 2.0 companies are centralized, so their decisions can influence and harm a specific person or country. 

Facebook faced many legal issues due to user privacy problems. Big tech giants like FB and Twitter have already faced data privacy issues. 

A recent incident happened during where Russia and Ukraine wars. Many giant companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Visa have stopped their services and operations in Russia. These will also happen with other countries, affecting the whole country’s economy. 

Web 2.0 Examples

Websites that use these principles are said to be in Web 2.0.   

All Web 2(websites, Blogs, Forums, and many more) refers to applications and websites that allow users to interact and collaborate, such as social networking sites, wikis, and blogs. 

Web 3.0

What is Web 3.0

Web 3.0 is an umbrella term for a new generation of internet-based applications and services facilitating value exchange between participants in a decentralized network. It builds on the principles of Web 2.0. It considers the advances of blockchain technology, which underpins many new applications and services. 

Web 3.0 is referred to by experts as a “semantic web” because computers rather than humans can read the pages. It also includes artificial intelligence (AI) and computers not needing to go through centralized databases to process data.   

It is an evolution of the current Web. It has been developing for over a decade and is still in its early stages.

Web 3.0?

“Web 3.0 is the centralized entity with different label”

Recently, the Twitter battle between two tech giants – Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey who owns Web 3.0 as below. 

The Goal of Web 3.0

The goal of Web 3.0 is to create a more intelligent and interconnected internet using semantic markup and artificial intelligence.  

It will allow users to interact with the Internet more naturally and make finding and using the available information easier. Web 3.0 will also make creating intelligent applications that understand and respond to user requests easier.

Layers of Web 3.0

Whereas web 2.0 was primarily driven by the introduction of mobile, social, and cloud technologies, web 3.0 is powered by three new layers of technological innovation

  • Edge computing 
  • Decentralization 
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning 
  • Blockchain 

Features of Web 3.0 

One of Web 3.0 is that it enables users to interact directly with each other without the need for a third party. It removes the need for intermediaries such as centralized servers or social networks, which can harvest user data and sell it to the highest bidder.

  • Semantic Web
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • 3D Graphics
  • Connectivity
  • Ubiquity

Semantic Web

The next evolution of the Web affects the Semantic Web. The semantic Web enhances web technologies in demand to create, share and connect content through search and analysis based on understanding the meaning of words rather than on keywords or numbers.

Artificial Intelligence

Web 3.0, computers will be able to understand information likewise to humans through technologies based upon Semantic Web concepts and natural language processing 

In Web 3.0, computers can provide different information like humans to provide faster and more relevant results. They become more intelligent to fulfill users’ requirements. 

3D Graphics 

The 3D design is being used widely in websites and services in Web 3.0. e-commerce, Museum guides, computer games, and geospatial contexts are examples of 3D graphics. 


With Web 3.0, information is more connected to semantic metadata. As a result, the user experience develops to another level of connectivity that leverages all the available knowledge.


Ubiquity means presence everywhere. With Web 3.0, information & content are more connected and ubiquitous, accessed by multiple applications and with a growing number of everyday devices connected to the web. 

Example: the Internet of Things.

Advantages of Web 3.0 

Difference between Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0

Real-time Applications – Web 2.0 to Web 3.0

Infographic – The Transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0


With so many buzzwords floating around, it can be hard to track what. Let’s break down the basics of each stage of web versions:

  • Web 1.0 was about static pages and information that was hard to change or update.  
  • Web 2.0 introduced user-generated content, allowing users to interact with each other and its website.  
  • Web 3.0 is still in development but is expected to focus on smart and futuristic technologies. 

Let’s conclude; Today, it’s hard to imagine a world without the Internet, and it’s changed how we live, work and play. 

We explored the history of the Internet and the different versions that have come along with it. We also reviewed the future of the Internet as web 3.0 and what you can expect in the coming years. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, read our Aspire Blog blog.

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