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How Many Websites Are There Around the World? [2021]

How Many Websites Are There Around the World? [2021]


There are about 1.2 billion websites in the World as of July 2021.


☝ the exact number of all websites in the World is 1,216,435,462 (July, 2021)

200,839,130 websites are active

📅 252,000 new websites are created every day

🕑 10,500 new websites are created every hour

🕑 175 new websites are created every minute

🕑 3 new websites are created every second

📄 2000+ new websites by the time you are done reading this article



How Many Websites Are There in the World?

While the exact number of websites keeps changing every second, there are well over 1 billion sites on the world wide web (1,216,435,462 according to Netcraft’s July 2021 Web Server Survey compared to 1,197,982,359 in January 2021).

The milestone of 1 billion websites was reached in September 2014 followed by a bounce back to under 1 billion for one and half year.

The total number of websites on the Internet reached 1 billion again only in March 2016.

Today this number continues to change as you read this article.

Total Number of Websites By Year

YearAll WebsitesActive Websites
January 20211,197,982,359199,533,484
January 20201,295,973,827189,000,000
January 20191,518,207,412182,185,876
January 20181,805,260,010171,648,771
January 20171,800,047,111172,353,235
January 2016906,616,188170,258,872
January 2015876,812,666177,127,427
January 2014861,379,152180,067,270
January 2013629,939,191186,821,503
January 2012582,716,657182,441,983
January 2011273,301,445101,838,083
January 2010206,741,99083,456,669
January 2009185,497,21371,647,887
January 2008155,583,82568,274,154

The total number of websites in the world has been confirmed by NetCraft and was published in its July 2021 Web Server Survey.

However, it worth noting that websites are added and subtracted on a regular basis.

So, for a time this number fluctuated above and below the 1 billion mark.

For example, in August 2012 a full 40 million hostnames were removed from only 242 IP addresses. This considerably reduced the number of existing websites for a period of time.

By March 2016, the web no longer went below a billion websites.

It is amazing to consider the sheer growth of the Internet which started with 1 website in 1991 to over a billion today.

Nowadays the businesses, organizations, and individuals all around the world actively use websites on a daily basis.


How Many Active Websites Are There?

Only about 16.5% of all websites in the World are active and being used in some fashion.

The remaining 83.5% of all websites are not active. Instead, most of them are parked domains or have a similar function.

As of July 2021, there are 200,839,130 active websites and 1,015,596,332 inactive websites in the World.

In other words, the total number of active websites is 5x less than the total number of inactive websites.

This is how it looks in a chart:

Active websites vs Inactive websites-min

This is a big difference.

Plus, consider that a big portion of the websites does not get regular updates.

This means that the actual number of truly active, working sites may be a much smaller fraction.

So, the next time someone asks you about the total quantity of websites on the Internet do not forget to clarify if they mean all websites or only the active websites.

The difference between these two can be huge.


How Many Webpages Are There?

Quick answer: there are more than 50 billion webpages on the Internet.

Okay, now we know how many websites are on the internet. But what about the web-pages?

How many pages are on the Internet?

As you probably know, the webpage is something different from a website. Web pages are compound parts of websites. Sites usually consist of one or more webpages.

Currently, there is no absolute number of all existing web pages on the Internet.

But, there is an estimation.

According to the research project (updated on a daily basis) by Tilburg University (The Netherlands) Indexed Web contains at least 4.98 billion pages (5 September, 2021).

But the actual size seems to be more than 50 billion pages.

However, this number keeps changing in real time. Just like everything associated with websites.

While part of web pages gets deleted from the Internet on a daily basis, the new portion emerges instead.

This is for example how the number of webpages on the Internet was changing during the last three months:

The Total Number of Indexed Web Pages

How many webpages are there
Source: Tilburg University

How Many Domains Are There?

Quick answer: roughly 363.5 million domain registrations have been made as of the Q1 2021.

A domain name is the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or simply the address of a website.

All those millions of individuals, businesses, and organizations own domain names to provide the general public an easy access to their web resources.

So, how many domains are there on the Internet?

There is no precise number of all active domain names out there. This figure is ever-changing.

However, we know that approximately 363.5 million registrations of domain names have been made as of the Q1 2021.

No doubt the number has changed since then, but it is 3.3 million (or 0.9 percent) less than in the previous year and 2.8 million (or 0.8 percent) less than Q4 2020.

Most of the growth occurs in the .com and .net top-level domains – approximately 168.0 million domain name registrations.

How Many Domain Names Are There?

How Many Domains Are There
Source: Verisign

What is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)?

You may have noticed that the last segment of the domain name consists of a period and two to three letters. This section of the domain name is called the domain extension or more commonly the top-level domain (TLD).

A domain name usually has two parts: a top-level domain (TLD) and a second-level domain (SLD). For example, in the URL www.siteefy.com TLD is .com and SLD is siteefy.

TLD is the part of the domain that is right from the dot. SLD is the other part of it that is left from the dot.

There are two main types of TLDs. One that is generic while the other refers to the country.

Typical generic TLDs include .com, .biz, .org, .net, and so on.

A country-specific domain name is usually two letters that refer to a specific country such as .au for Australia. Alternatively, it can be made of two parts like co.uk for the United Kingdom.


There are currently 1,544 TLDs (not associated with a country) in existence today.

Most of them only have a small number of domain name registrants.

However, this total might change on a daily basis. Some TLDs are regularly added while others are retired.

It’s no surprise that most domain names have .com at the end of their registration.

The .com dominates domain names with others such as .net and .org ranking well behind. While other TLDs such as .xyz, for example, are making headway, it is .com which is far and away the most popular.

The latest available numbers for the entire TLD market shows that .com represents nearly 154.6 million. The next closest TLD is .tk (Tokelau) at 24.7 million.

In descending order, the remaining TLDs consist of the following;

Registered Domain Names by TLD

TLDNumber of Registered Domains
.cn (China)20.7 million
.de (Germany)16.8 million
.net13.4 million
.uk (United Kingdom)11.0 million
.org10.4 million
.nl (Netherlands)6.2 million
.ru (Russia)5.7 million
.br (Brasil)4.6 million

Largest Top Level Domains by Domain Registrations

Largest Top Level Domains by Domain Registration
Source: ZookNIC, Q1 2021; Verisign, Q1 2021; Centralized Zone Data Service, Q1 2021

How Many Websites Are Created Every Day?

In the absence of any reliable data on this, the best thing we can do here is to come up with the rough estimation.

For the purposes of this section, we have measured the change in the total number of websites worldwide per minute. We found out that every minute the number of sites grew approximately by 175.

This means that every 24 hours we get 252,000 increase in the total number of websites worldwide!

How many websites are created every minute?

As per our calculations, approximately 175 new websites are created every minute!

However, the actual number of new websites being created every day is probably a little more.

As we know from the previous paragraph, every day some part of web pages vanish from the Internet. Obviously, this applies to websites as well.

Respectively, the number above does not include those new websites that compensate the deleted ones. These websites, therefore, are not reflected in the total growth.

For that reason, the most accurate answer to this question would probably be that every day slightly more than 252,000 new websites are created globally.

Note:

The last time we calculated this (2018, August), there were about 380 new websites created each minute and 547,200 new websites created each day.

As we can see, the rate at which the new websites get born declined by 46% since then.


How Many Websites Are There in the US?

Quick answer: there are 133,361,676 websites in the US as of August, 2021.

It is hard to answer this question. It is hard to do in a straightforward way.

Most of all, because it is not quite clear what we exactly mean when we say “websites in the US”.

Depending on the circumstances this can equally be a website:

  1. Hosted in the US;
  2. Physically managed from the US;
  3. Engaged in business in the US;
  4. Any combination of all three.

So, no clear definition here.

A website is something that can be located in different places. Accordingly, the location might change depending on the specific perspective/criterion. 

For instance, let’s take a website hosted in the US, managed from Singapore and exclusively involved in the EU market.

Where does this website belong? US, EU or Singapore?

Another example would be the website hosted in EU and doing business/being managed in the US. Is this an American website?

Depends.

If the criterion is hosting then:

  • a website is an American in the first scenario;
  • and European in the second.

Alternatively, if the criterion is the place of business/management then:

  • the website is Singaporean/European in the first case;
  • and American in the second.

So, yes, basically this depends.

As an additional information, we can note that the number of hosts in the US was 505,000,000 in 2012.

Today, in 2021 this number is probably a way higher.

In parallel, when we say that a particular website is located somewhere we might also mean the domain name associated with that country.

In a standard case, a local website usually uses the national top-level domain (like co.uk, .ca or .de). But US TLD which .us is not as popular as other country TLDs, so basing the count of the US websites on it would be unreliable.

What we can do instead is to look at the total number of domains managed by US registrars. Based on this specific criterion there are 133,361,676 websites in the US.

This is the number of domains registered by the US registrars as of August 2021.


Number of Websites by Country

CountryWebsites
US133,361,676
China17,916,312
Germany12,873,333
Canada11,983,766
India5,708,965
Japan5,521,065
France4,279,509
UK2,750,091
Netherlands2,075,469
Israel2,021,631
Turkey1,581,951
Spain1,580,369
Denmark1,351,806
Russia1,262,614
Cayman Islands1,156,208
Based on the number of domains managed by registrars (August 2021, Data from RegistrarOwl).

And here is how the domain name registration distribution per country looks on a world map:

Total number of domain names per country August 2021
 Source: RegistrarOwl; Data from August 2021.

How Many Websites Are Mobile-Friendly?

Quick answer: currently about 76.17% of the World’s top websites are mobile-friendly.

Mobile has become a big deal lately. With each coming year more and more things start to happen on mobile:

  • website visits;
  • conversions;
  • content consumption;
  • and so on.

The whole Internet firmly moves towards mobile.

In these conditions, shifting towards responsiveness and mobile-friendliness is not an option, but necessity.

Now, how many websites are mobile friendly?

We suppose that currently:

  • either the majority of existing websites are already mobile friendly;
  • or they are in the process of becoming so.

Particularly, taking into account the availability of responsive design.

However, currently, there are no reliable fresh stats on the exact number of mobile-friendly websites on the Internet.

The most up-to-date information on this matter is provided by Canonicalized in their study published on April 2, 2018. Canonicalized tested top 1 million most popular websites in the World to see how mobile-friendly they are using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test.

The data showed that 76.17% of Alexa Top 1 million sites were mobile friendly as of April 2018.

23.83% websites were not mobile-friendly.

This is how overall score distribution looked like:

Mobile-Friendliness Across Top 1 Million Websites in the World

How many websites are mobile friendly
Source: Canonicalized

Nevertheless, this data does not necessarily reflect on the whole Internet.

Alexa Top 1 million predominantly consists of major websites. These websites possess the necessary resources (both human and technology) to make a quick move to mobile.

When it comes to the rest of the Internet, this is not always the case.

Therefore, we would humbly estimate that the mobile-friendliness of the whole World Wide Web is currently at a significantly lower rate compared to the data provided above.

This is especially true about the old websites. Most of the new websites are responsive out of the box.

But we would expect these things to change at a lightning speed in the coming years as older websites either get vanished or optimized for mobile.

Related:


How Many Websites Are on Google?

Quick answer: between 50 billion and hundreds of billions (the exact figure is unknown) pages are currently indexed by Google. There is no information on the number of websites in Google Index.

Generally, search engines (including Google) focus more on individual webpages, not on websites.

The ultimate goal of any search engine (Including Google) is providing the user with the information that matches their search intent as closely as possible. This usually results in individual pages being shown on search engine results pages (SERPs) instead of websites.

Therefore, there is currently no reliable data on the number of websites in Google index.

As for the webpages, according to World Wide Web Size Project, the estimated number of webpages indexed in Google is about 50 billion.

But this number heavily fluctuates:

Number of Pages Indexed by Google

Number of Webpages in Google Index
Source: WWW Size Project

At the same time, Google on their official How Search Works page talk about hundreds of billions of webpages and other sources of information in their index.

But this number, as mentioned above, includes other types of content Google serves like videos, images, products, documents, books and etc.

So, it’s not completely clear how many hundreds are that and what portion of those are webpages.

What is clear though is that the total number of webpages out there is considerably more than the total number of existing websites. The reason is obvious – as you may know, a single website can include hundreds or even thousands of individual webpages.

So, naturally, there are way more web pages on the Internet than websites.


What Is the Most Visited Website in the World?

Google is currently the most popular website in the world according to Alexa Top 500 Global Sites Rating.

Here is how the Internet map of the most visited websites looks like:

Source: The Internet Map

Google is indisputably number one in many parts of the globe. But not everywhere.

In some countries, this is not the case.

For example, Baidu is the number one website in China. VK and Yandex are the most popular websites in Russia.

For better perspective here is the world map with the most popular website in every country:

Source: Oxford Internet Institute

As it is seen from the map, Google is not the most popular website everywhere in the world. However, on average it is still the number one on a global scale.


The Reasons for the Growth

All things considered, the growth of websites has been quite remarkable thanks in large part to a decision taken on April 30th, 1993 by CERN.

This decision made the world wide web available on a basis that was free of royalties.

In essence, it became a public domain which allowed people around the world to create their own websites.

It is interesting to note that the growth of the Internet started in the 1970s and continued on a limited basis until the early 1990s.

However, the world wide web itself is credited to Tim Berners-Lee, who began it in March 1989 and introduced the first server, browser, and editor along with HTTP and HTML.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the WWW in 1989 © CERN

While the growth of the web has been explosive, one of the biggest jumps occurred in 2013 when the web grew by almost a third.

Today, Apache together with nginx currently hosts just over half the websites that exist. However, Microsoft is closing fast and they are expected to get a bigger market share soon.

Note:

Although it was expected that the number of websites will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, the actual figures indicate the opposite.

We actively monitor website statistics in the World since 2015 and our data shows that the total number of websites actually stopped growing after 2018.


What Was the First Website?

How many websites are there on the Internet today? 

Over a billion! 

But it all started with a single website.

The first website of the Internet went live on August 6, 1991. It was about the World Wide Web project itself.

Here is how the very first website on the Internet looked like:

As you can see from the screenshot, the contents of the website contained:

  • some general information;
  • instructions on hypertext;
  • and some guidelines on creating a web page.

The first website of the Internet was hosted at CERN on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer (this computer is still at CERN).

Today we exactly know what the very first website was and how it did look. In 2013 CERN restored the world’s first website on its original address.

As a result, the first website of the internet is still available today.

On 30 April 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain. This allowed the web to develop and flourish at an unbelievable pace.

This is was the exact moment when the Internet started changing the World.


How Big Is the Internet Today?

The size, scope, and amount of information on the Internet keeps growing all the time, non-stop, 24/7/365.

Accordingly, any data on this available today will most likely expire already tomorrow.

The Internet is huge in terms of its size. It contains a massive amount of constantly growing information in different formats (text, images, video, audio etc.).

Billions of people contribute to the size of the Internet every single day in the following ways:

  • User generated content (social media posts and comments, blog comments, forum posts, etc.)
  • Editorial text content (blogs, news, researches, studies, new websites, books etc.)
  • Images and video uploads (YouTube, Instagram etc.)
  • and other forms of activity happen 24/7 on the Internet

As of the latest available statistics, the Internet has roughly 4.66 billion users:

This represents about 59% of the total population of the earth!

Imagine all these folks non-stop making the Internet even bigger.

Every single second.

Interestingly though, the Internet does not seem to be that big in physical size.

The physical size of the Internet was calculated in 2015. University of Leicester (UK) students estimated that printing out the entire web on paper would take only about 2% of the Amazon rain-forest.

Yes, this number might not be that impressive. But the Internet has grown considerably since then.

Here is another interesting visualization of the size of the Internet:


How Much Information Is on the Internet?

The total amount of information on the Internet is not easy to accurately assess.

It grows every second. Moreover, it depends on how you measure the information.

It is estimated that by 2025, given the current rate of growth, the global traffic on the Internet will reach 175 zettabytes:

To put in layman’s terms, a single zettabyte can hold 36,000 hours of HD video.

There is little doubt that the Internet will continue to grow in terms of its size, scope, and information. This is thanks to the world’s growing dependence on the web for information, communication, business, and entertainment.


Types of Websites on the Internet

Websites can be classified in types or categories based on several criteria, including but not limited to their technical nature, theme or topic.

However, regardless of the criterion, there is hardly an exhaustive list of website types or categories as such.

Nevertheless, if we consider the essence of the website as an online platform providing some sort of content, we can refer to the neat classification put together by Method & Class that we would like to share in this article.

So, according to M&G typically, a website falls under one of the following broad categories:

  • Static website (also referred as non-editable brochure website);
  • Editable brochure website that gets updated;
  • Editable, dynamic website, with user engagement (login areas etc);
  • E-commerce site;
  • Website based on some sort of web application.

The Internet is the endless universe of websites.

However, every single one among 1 billion+ existing websites most likely falls under one of the five categories mentioned above.


FAQ

How many people are online?

Our calculations show that about 4.82 billion people were online in August, 2021.

We expect this number to reach 5.14 billion by 2023.

Learn more on this here: How Many People are Online


How many images are on the Internet?

Since 2013, there has been a real photography boom due to the appearance of smartphones, which has resulted in doubling the number of photos uploaded to the Internet annually. From 660 billion in 2013 to 1.2 trillion in 2017 (Statista).

Today, it is almost impossible to calculate this data due to the huge number of photos that are being uploaded every day, but also due to the photos being deleted.

For example, Google Photos alone had over 4 trillion saved images as of November 2020.

So, the best answer here would probably be that there are currently trillions of images on the Internet.


How many websites are there in English?

Currently, there are more than 7000 living languages around the world. Amongst them, less than 200 have a digital existence as of today.

According to W3Techs currently, 62.3% of all websites on the internet are in English followed by:

  • Russian – 7.5%
  • Turkish – 3.8%
  • Spanish – 3.8%
  • Persian – 3.5%
  • French – 2.6%
  • German – 2.1%
  • Japanese – 1.9%

However, because the Internet is a super dynamic ever-changing place these proportions keep changing too.


How many websites are built on WordPress?

Tons of them.

42% of all websites on the entire internet use WordPress as their content management system. However, this figure goes down when we lift up the criterion and consider:

  • top million websites – 36%
  • top 100k websites – 20%
  • and top 10k websites – 14%

Nevertheless, the trend is evident. WordPress is less popular (relatively) among the world’s top websites compared to smaller websites. However, even 42% share still looks pretty impressive.

Look:

17 posts go live every second on WordPress!

Every. Single. Second.

Even your local coffee shop probably runs its website on WordPress.

Why?

Because WordPress:

  • is fast and easy to set up
  • is super flexible
  • has a huge user community
  • is effective and fairly simple to use

You can have your website up and running literally in minutes with WordPress.

Find more WordPress statistics here.


What year was the Internet created?

The Internet as we know it today (The World Wide Web) was invented in 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN and already in 1990 the first web page went live.

So, 1989 is the year Internet started. and Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the one who created the web.


What is the oldest website ever made?

The oldest website ever made was also the first website on the Internet created on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. It was a very simple site with information about the World Wide Web.

That website is still available here, so you can go and checked how it looked and what was it all about.

For more information, please check this section above.


What was the top-level domain of the first-ever website?

The first website ever created was made at CERN on a subdomain at cern.ch.

.ch is the top level domain for Switzerland.

So, the first website on the Web used Swiss country top level domain.


Additional sources

https://www.statista.com/chart/10913/number-of-photos-taken-worldwide/

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Article by:

Nick Huss

Nick is a website enthusiast with years of experience. He loves creating new sites, testing novel concepts, discovering amazing tools, and sharing all his findings with the World.

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