8 Filipino Websites, Then and Now

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Websites have become more accessible in the Philippines in the last 10 years. The rapid growth from 2009 which only saw 9% of the population on the internet to 2010 when there were 29% Filipinos browsing the world wide web solidified the importance of online presence nationwide.

Looking further back when the creation of at least a decent website wasn’t as accessible as it is now with free website creators, let’s take a peek at how these Filipino websites looked like back then. 

ABS-CBN in May 2000

ABS-CBN News website in 2000

ABS-CBN is the largest entertainment and media conglomerate in the Philippines. The abs-cbnnews.com domain name for its online news portal was registered on July 27, 1998. Considering that the content on the screenshot above was from May 2000, it’s a testament to the web management team of ABS-CBN how they kept it updated almost by the minute.

Yahoo! in June 2003

Yahoo! website in 2003

Yahoo! is one of the pioneers of the first boom of the internet. Its Philippine domain name, yahoo.com.ph, was registered on May 2, 2001, but directed to a subdirectory of asia.yahoo.com until early 2005. Most Filipinos undoubtedly would’ve had the Yahoo! portal as their home page thanks to its feature-packed, yet bandwidth-friendly index.

Philippine Ragnarok Online in 2003

LevelUp Games website in 2003

Ragnarok Online is the name of a MMORPG that you definitely would’ve encountered if you accessed the internet through cafe. Formerly published by Level Up! Games, the still popular online game has since closed and reopened under Electronics Extreme Ltd.

Philippine Daily Inquirer in February 1999

Philippine Daily Inquirer website in 1999

The Philippine Daily Inquirer is an English-language newspaper popularly known as the Inquirer. Registered on July 29, 1997, inquirer.net is one of the oldest online Filipino news portals. Unlike most of its competition back then, Inquirer was able to go beyond headlines and regularly posted full stories on its website.

FHM in July 2001

FHM website in 2001

The Philippine Daily Inquirer is an English-language newspaper popularly known as the Inquirer. Registered on July 29, 1997, inquirer.net is one of the oldest online Filipino news portals. Unlike most of its competition back then, Inquirer was able to go beyond headlines and regularly posted full stories on its website.

Manila Bulletin in October 1997

Manila Bulletin website in 1997

The Manila Bulletin is the largest English language broadsheet newspaper in the Philippines. Originally registered on January 24, 1997, the mb.com.ph domain name was perhaps one of the few Philippine domain names that had less than 3 characters. Manila Bulletin was known to actively reply to emails and reached out to the online community through their online guestbook.

Globe Telecom in April 1997

Globe Telecom website in 1997

Globe Telecom is the largest mobile network operator in the Philippines. The globe.com.ph domain name was registered on December 29, 1996 which makes it one of the earliest registered on this list. Globe has since expanded its network and online presence becoming one of the most active companies on social media.

TristanCafe in May 2003

Tristan Cafe website in 2003

TristanCafe is a defunct online community portal. Registered on September 22, 2002, the tristancafe.com domain name quickly grew from a niche story board to a large message board. During its heydays, TristanCafe also hosted the most popular OPM songs, flash games, and live chat room.
Were you able to visit these websites during those times? Wouldn’t you like to look back on the website of your business 10 years from now?

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