Feed Your April 1st Appetite with These Retro Cisco.com Pages

April 1, 2015 - 19 Comments

It’s fun seeing some of the quirky examples of home pages on web sites today, including Amazon’s retro “April 1, 1999” page.

I can’t think of a time we’ve ever done anything like that on Cisco.com, mainly because we don’t want to distract customers from the jobs they’re coming to do with us.  But, if you are craving some old school Cisco.com pages, here are a few:

1992: Cisco Information Online (CIO) – Telnet/Modem Only:


1994: Cisco Information Online Web Site:


Mid-1994:  Cisco Information Online Web Site Stellar Motif:


1995: Cisco Connection Online (CCO):


1996: Cisco Connection Online (CCO):


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  1. Great Article, I am new in this blog, hope i will understand it soon.

  2. An amazing snapshot of evolution within a 4 year span. What’s ‘Netscape’?

  3. Really nice. I’m used to do similar searches on http://archive.org/web/ . Knowing where you came from to understand where you are going 🙂

  4. This makes me appreciate how much I enjoy modern design! Thanks for sharing all this.

  5. Super Nice Digging !

  6. I remember that back in the 90’s, most webpages had a “text-only version” link available. Such were the internet connection speeds of those days.

  7. Looks really retro and what I gather from this is that IT really has progressed a lot and that too in such a short time period. Probably the only industry to do so! Brings to life the keywords Disruption and Innovation and Transformation that are so relevant in our industry!

  8. Wow! Blast from the past!

  9. I was hired by the web team with that lovely 1996 design. Yep, that long ago.

    I remember when they were figuring out what to call it instead of CCO, they hired a marketing/brand company who came up with various names, two of which were:

    Cisco Yo!
    Yo Cisco!

    Luckily, we did not go with their ideas, and eventually decided to just call it Cisco.com.

  10. Looking at the past makes me wonder what the future brings. It’s going to be exciting- that’s for sure!

  11. I like the 1994 link called “LAN2LAN”.

    Local Area Networks?

    Guess that idea LANded, huh!

  12. Time Lapse of a Tech Giant

  13. I’m not admiting how many of these I remember….Thanks for the fun post!

  14. Drop shadows were definitely in vogue in ’96! Gradients rule the day now.

  15. It’s so easy to forget what things looked like when we are bringing it back “old school”! What a fun post!

  16. Love the screenshots showing Netscape Navigator browser!

  17. Love the space station and rocket ship motif from 1994 — clearly, not the final frontier but we boldly went there!