Yes! Internet existed 8 years ago. But it was an internet where Facebook just opened to the public, where Twitter name was Stat.us, you still had to ask for an invite to use Gmail and the first browser was internet explorer 6!
At this time, when you designed a website, you had to be very careful with the size of every elements. You could not find a full screen photo background, or a video background! It can be interesting to compare some designs from 8 years ago to now.