The Internet Gopher pre-dated the World Wide Web for organizing and displaying files on Internet servers. A Gopher server presents its contents as a hierarchically structured list of files. It invented a number of features later implemented in web browsers, such as linking, as well as text and image display directly within the Internet client.
With the ascendance of the Web, many gopher databases were converted to Web sites which can be more easily accessed via Web search engines.
The EServer began its Gopher server in 1992. We finally "turned off" its Gopher server in 1998.