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How Many Websites Are There?
How many websites are on the Internet?
While the exact number of websites keeps changing every second, there are well over 1 billion sites on the world wide web (1,179,448,021 according to Netcraft’s October 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 years.
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.
1 billion websites milestone
The milestone of 1 billion websites was reached in September 2014 followed by a bounce back to under 1 billion for one and half years.
Total Number of Websites by Year
|Year||All Websites||Active Websites|
The total number of websites in the world has been confirmed by NetCraft and was published in its September 2021 Web Server Survey.
However, it is 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 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.
One of the first websites to appear on the internet was IMDB, starting out as a list of “actresses with beautiful eyes” in 1990.
Run and pee
There is a website (now it’s an app), curiously named Run & Pee, the sole purpose of which is helping with WC breaks during movies, so you don’t miss anything important.
Online shopping is currently among the most popular activities on the Internet. Global sales through websites and apps are projected to reach 5.4 trillion US dollars in 2022.
How Many Active Websites Are There?
Although there are over a billion websites out there, not all of them are active.
Only about 17% of all websites in the world are active and being used in some fashion.
The remaining 83% of all websites are not active. Instead, most of them are parked domains or have a similar function.
As of October 2021, there are 200,756,193 active websites and 978,691,828 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 this ratio looks visually in a chart:
The number of inactive websites is approximately 5 times more than the total number of active websites.
Only about 17% of all websites in the world are active. The remaining 83% are inactive websites.
This is a big difference.
Plus, there are also websites that do 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.
As shown in this chapter, the difference between these two can be huge.
How Many Webpages Are There?
There are more than 50 billion web pages on the Internet.
Okay, we already know how many websites are on the Internet. Now, what about the web pages?
How many pages are on the Internet?
As you probably know, a webpage is something different from a website.
Web pages are compound parts of websites and sites usually consist of one or more web pages.
For example, what you are reading now is the “How many websites are there?” page on Siteefy.
Siteefy in this case is the website.
“How many websites are there?” is a webpage.
Currently, the absolute number of all existing web pages on the Internet is unknown.
But, there is an estimation.
But the actual size seems to be more than 50 billion pages.
However, this number keeps changing in real-time. Just like most things 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 June, July, and August (2021):
4.98 billion pages
Indexed Web contains at least 4.98 billion pages (September 2021, Tilburg University Research).
The Total Number of Indexed Web Pages
As of 30 August 2021, there are over 25 billion webpages indexed on the world wide web.
How Many Domains Are There?
Roughly 363.5 million domain registrations have been made as of 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 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 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.
Symbolics.com is the world’s first registered domain name. It was registered on March 15, 1985.
How Many Domain Names Are There?
As of Q1 2021, there are 168.0 million .com and .net domain name registrations in the domain name base.
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 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 show 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
|TLD||Number of Registered Domains|
|.cn (China)||20.7 million|
|.de (Germany)||16.8 million|
|.uk (United Kingdom)||11.0 million|
|.nl (Netherlands)||6.2 million|
|.ru (Russia)||5.7 million|
|.br (Brasil)||4.6 million|
The latest available numbers for the entire TLD market show that .com represents nearly 154.6 million.
The next closest TLD is .tk (Tokelau) at 24.7 million.
Largest Top Level Domains by Domain Registrations
The largest top-level domains by domain registrations is .com followed by .tk and .cn.
Domain Names Market Overview
|Service Provider||Market Share|
|Google Cloud DNS||3.75%|
|Enom DNS Hosting||1.69%|
|RackSpace Cloud DNS||1.36%|
Learn more about domain names here ➜ How Many Domains Are There? Ultimate Domain Name Stats
How Many Websites Are Created Every Day?
As per our calculations, approximately 175 new websites are created every minute! So around 252,000 new websites are created every day worldwide.
In the absence of any reliable data on this, the best thing we can do here is to come up with a 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 a 252,000 increase in the total number of websites worldwide!
However, the actual number of new websites being created every day is probably a little more.
As we know from the previous chapters, 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.
Every 24 hours we get a 252,000 increase in the total number of websites worldwide!
When we first calculated this in August 2018, 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?
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:
- Hosted in the US;
- Physically managed from the US;
- Engaged in business in the US;
- Any combination of all three.
So, there is no clear definition of a US website.
A website is something that can be located in different places depending on how you look at it. The location of a given website may vary based 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 the EU and doing business/being managed in the US. Is this an American website?
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 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 probably 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.
505,000,000 websites hosted in the US
According to data, we can note that the number of hosts in the US was 505,000,000 in 2012.
133,361,676 sites managed by the US registrars
The total number of domains managed by US registrars is 133,361,676 websites.
Number of Websites by Country
The data is based on the number of domains managed by registrars (August 2021, Data from RegistrarOwl).
This is the world map showing the domain name registration distribution per country, with the highest number (133,361,676) registered in the United States.
How Many Websites Are Mobile-Friendly?
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;
- 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 a 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 the 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 the overall score distribution looked like:
23.83% of top million websites in the World are not mobile-friendly.
Mobile-Friendliness Across Top 1 Million Websites in the World
The data showed that 76.17% of Alexa Top 1 Million sites were mobile-friendly as of April 2018.
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 are optimized for mobile.
How Many Websites Are on Google?
Between 50 billion and hundreds of billions (the exact figure is unknown) web pages are currently indexed by Google. As for the websites, there is no official information on the number of websites in the 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 to provide 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 the 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:
According to World Wide Web Size Project, the estimated number of webpages indexed in Google is about 50 billion.
Number of Pages Indexed by Google
As of 04 September 2021, Google had around 25 billion web pages in its index.
At the same time, Google on their official How Search Works page talks 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, etc.
So, it’s not completely clear how many hundreds of billions 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 already mentioned above, 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.
Most Visited Websites in the World
What is the most popular website in the world?
Google is currently the most popular website on the Internet according to Alexa Top 500 Global Sites Rating.
⚡ Check also ➜ How Many People Use Google per Day?
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 number one on a global scale.
Google is currently the most popular website and the most visited website in the world.
Most visited websites in the US 2021
|Website||Alexa rank||Similarweb rank||SEMrush rank|
Most visited websites in the World 2021
|Website||Alexa rank||Similarweb rank|
22 minutes and 44 seconds
Besides being the most popular website in the World, Google is also the website with the longest average time spent on it. An average user spends approximately 22 minutes and 44 seconds per visit on Google.com.
Facebook comes second right behind Google, with an average of 22 minutes and 43 seconds per visit.
Youtube is the third with an average session length of 9 minutes and 15 seconds.
Back in 1999, the founders of Google wanted to sell their website and offered it to Excite for under 1 million USD, but Excite turned the offer down.
10.5% desktop traffic
In June 2021, Twitch.tv was ranked as the leading gaming website, accounting for around 10.5 percent of desktop traffic in the games subcategory. Roblox.com was the second with a 10.04 percent market share.
7.14% desktop traffic
At the same time, Booking.com accounted for over 7.14 percent of desktop traffic in the travel and tourism subcategory. Tripadvisor.com made it to second place with 2.15 percent.
14% desktop traffic
In the e-commerce subcategory, Amazon.com had more than 14 percent of all desktop visits. Second place went to ebay.com, with almost 3.5 percent.
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.
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.
The world wide web 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.
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.
Currently, around 2 billion people shop online worldwide generating $4.2 trillion in e-commerce sales.
99% internet penetration rate
Leading the list of internet penetration rates, – Denmark and UAE boast 99 percent of their population accessing the internet freely. The internet penetration rate for South Korea was reported at 98 percent, followed by Sweden and Switzerland at 97 percent.
62.3% of all websites
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%
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.
30 April 1993
On 30 April 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web in the public domain.
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:
As of the latest available statistics, the Internet has roughly 4.66 billion users — which represents about 59% of the total population of the earth!
92.6 percent (4.32 billion) of all Internet users used mobile devices at some point to go online.
There is no meaning behind the “Fi” of Wi-Fi. The inventor picked a random syllable due to it rhyming with Hi-Fi.
According to physicist Russell Seitz (who weighed billions of electrons), the total weight of the entire Internet is approximately 2 ounces or 50 grams.
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.
It is estimated that by 2025, given the current rate of growth, the global traffic on the Internet will reach 175 zettabytes.
The future of the Internet is Li-Fi, which uses light frequencies instead of radio frequencies. This technology promises to be more than 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.
Monaco, Singapore, and Hong Kong have the fastest average fixed broadband Internet speed in the world, Singapore taking first place with 250.35 Mbps.
51.4% access rate
In 2019, the average global Internet access rate was 51.4%. It is estimated that 86% of people living in developed countries had internet access while only 44.4% of people had access in developing countries.
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.
- 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 of websites mentioned above.
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
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 a 42% share still looks pretty impressive.
17 posts go live every second on WordPress!
Every. Single. Second.
Even your local coffee shop probably runs its website on 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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no single number to answer this question in full.
To give you an idea about the amount of data on the Internet we can refer to BBC Science Focus which estimates that Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook all together store a minimum of 1,200 petabytes of data.
1,200 petabytes means 1.2 million terabytes and one terabyte equals 1,000 gigabytes.
This estimation excludes other data storages though.
More on this here: How Much Data and Content is Created Every Day?
No, currently there is no such list available (at least the one we know about).
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