How Many Websites Are There In The World?

 Posted by on November 15, 2011  News
Nov 152011
 

Netcraft have provided a new estimate of how many websites there are in the world.

Updated April 2013. It is impossible to be absolutely certain how many there are but UK research company Netcraft have released their latest April 2013 survey of web servers and concluded there are about 649 million websites in the world today – a decrease of 27 million (4%) in the last year.

Interestingly, the number of active sites is only 187 million – so there are 462 million inactive sites. That suggests that 71% of all the websites in the world are not actually being used – but why not?

We think it is because many of these will be domain names bought to cover every possible eventuality e.g. a large company like Apple might buy the Apple .info and .net and .org domain names (and many others) to prevent cyber-squatters misusing them to profit from the goodwill of the Apple trademark.

Others could be speculative domain names registered by individuals e.g. you might register your-own-name.com just in case you ever become famous ;-) And the rest are likely to be domain names that have been pre-registered in bulk by domain companies to sell off later.

As shown in the graph below, it’s astonishing that 5 years ago (Apr 2008) the total number of sites (hostnames) was only 165 million – just 25% of the current total. The rise of the internet is further shown by the fact that the total number of new sites added in the whole of 2008 was just 31m – nowadays that rate of increase can be achieved in just 1 month!

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In fact the total number of active sites has more than doubled in the last 2 years alone. No wonder that it’s almost impossible to find a good website name still available if you want to create a new online presence – so if you fancy having your own personal domain name (and email address – because having email sent to your own name is quite cool!) now might be the time to buy one!

The full Netcraft report is here and it is updated each month.

  15 Responses to “How Many Websites Are There In The World?”

  1. wow, but 30 million increase per month must be unsustainable – shows why it is almost impossible to find a decent new website name though!

    • You Know Something the World Wide Web is just a small segmentation of the Entire Internet and as Someone Even When You do a Census of An Entire Nation it is very difficult to gain an exact figure of the Numbers.

      Just to say that it is Impossible to Count all the Human Beings that Reside in One Jurisdiction like the Intenet.

      As Someone Said if He had not a Domain Name in the Year 1995 by Today in Year 2012 there will have been no Site to talk about in terms of access for himself and his familiy and Associates that are communicating over the Internetr.

  2. I’d be interested to see the breakdown of these websites, specifically the active website by vertical. For example of the 185 million active sites 90 million are retail related and 25 million are finance related. Any clue on this?

    • Hi Daniel, I haven’t seen such figures and doubt they can be calculated over all active sites due to methodology used. At best it would need extrapolation from a smaller sample but then the question is which sample and how big…

      e.g. the top 100 or 1000 websites will not be representative of the whole – a more random sample would be needed but, considering there are nearly 200 million, it would need to be a huge sample to draw any sort of accurate scaling up of the figures

  3. that’s nice

  4. It means that from every 10.78 people of world 1 person is owning a website

    Population/Websites = 7000/649 million = 10.78

    • @Naveen – in theory yes :-) In practice, a single company can own thousands of websites so anyone wanting one for their own name had better hurry!

  5. Great information and hopefully you will be able to follow up next year as I have linked to these particulars on my front page.

    Thank you very much for a good read.

    Darlene

  6. Do I still have a chance at getting my site name???

    • @Rob – maybe, depends what you’re looking for. Just browse to a domain seller (e.g. Godaddy etc) and do a free check if the domain name you want is available or not

  7. Thank you very much for emailing me your updated information.

    It makes me feel so much better. You have cut my competition
    down by almost 80%. Wow!

    I am always on the look out for this kind of information and
    appreciate being kept on your “Need to Know” list.

    Upwards and Onwards
    Darlene

  8. Hi there; two things. First, it would be helpful to have the website-numbers3 figure larger and broken down by numbers going in increments smaller than 200M. Second, I didn’t quite understand how the total number of websites can decrease. We are not talking about active websites, right? Otherwise nice effort. Cheers.

  9. That’s a lot of websites.