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What Popular Websites Looked Like Back in 2005

What Popular Websites Looked Like Back in 2005


Ever wondered how extremely popular websites today, used to look? We came across a great website called Wayback Machine which allows you to type in nearly any website and back track it to the day it went live. We have collected some of our favourites screenshots of websites used everyday by millions.

I would like to point out that some websites may appear a little different to what they looked like in 2005 as the Wayback Machine can not pull all the images back as you may see in a few screenshots.

Now, i chose to highlight 2005 as this was when most websites that are extremely popular now were just getting started.

Simple Turtle Number 1

1. YouTube

The domain name “” was activated on February 14, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months. The creators offered the public a preview of the site in May 2005, six months before YouTube made its official debut. Like many technology startups, YouTube was started as an angel-funded enterprise from a makeshift office in a garage. (source from wikipedia)

Youtube in 2005 screenshot


Simple Turtle Number 2

Google screenshot 2005

It’s amazing to see how little Google has changed… Only last year did they finally upgrade their logo to look more modern. This isn’t a bad thing because you wouldn’t want a cluttered Google page. Google obviously got their idea and design perfect almost right at the beginning because they have only upgraded the look of it, added a few more links above and below and that’s it. Well done Google!

Google screenshot 2005

Simple Turtle Number 3

3. Mashable

Well… you wouldn’t think a website that looked like this would grow to be something so big, i personally use everyday, i love their articles – but if i came across a website that looked like this i wouldn’t be interested, maybe it’s because design is such an important thing to me. Some people might accept it and actually use it because of its good content but i usually move on from sites with poor design. Although, saying all that, this was when designs like this were basically acceptable.

mashable screenshot 2005


Simple Turtle Number 4

4. “the” Facebook

By this time Facebook already had over 1 millions users. So it was in full swing and adding new features to the website like sharing your photos on Facebook, the news feed and so on. Obviously like a great idea – the layout hasn’t changed as much as you think… yes, you can say it’s completely different to todays version, (which it is) but the way it presents itself is still somewhat similar.

Facebook 2005


Simple Turtle Number 5

5. PayPal

PayPal looks like a considerably modern design compared to the above websites. This was the same year the customers gave back. The eBay Giving Works and PayPal raised over $2.1 million to support hurricane relief organisation.

PayPal screenshot 2005

Simple Turtle Number 6

6. Amazon

Again, the layout of the website is still near enough the same as todays Amazon website. By time this was their design in 2005 the website had already been online for 10 years.

Amazon screenshot 2005



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