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1 billion web sites in 2013

Netcraft has been tracking the number of web sites on the internet for many years. Every month, they publish their latest numbers. As of May 2012, their chart shows close to 700 million sites (the blue line is the number of unique domains, the red one is sites with unique HTML which excludes placeholder templates like landing pages for newly purchased domains):

As you can see, the growth is impressive and unimpeded. Also:

  • The total number of web sites seems to follow Moore’s Law and double every 18-24 months.
  • At the current rate, we will hit 1 billion sites in 2013 and 2 billion sites in 2015.
  • Over the years, the number of web sites seems to be roughly equal to the number of people on the internet.
  • If WordPress continues on its current trajectory, there will be 300-500 million WordPress sites by 2015.

21 replies on “1 billion web sites in 2013”

It would be interesting to see what percentage of those sites are dead sites, spam, splogs, and other worthless junk. I see counting the number of sites is akin to counting the number of accounts on Facebook or Twitter, but ignoring the number of dead/garbage ones. Regardless, the numbers are astounding!

[…] By 1994 — five years later — 10 million people were online. The information processed each second was equivalent to the complete works of William Shakespeare. The history of the web since has been a series of explosion points. Shortly after Berners-Lee was knighted by the Queen of England for his efforts in 2005, the web hit one billion users. Within six years, another billion people were online. In 2005 there were 74 million websites. Some people figure that number crossed one billion last year. […]

[…] By 1994 — five years later — 10 million people were online. The information processed each second was equivalent to the complete works of William Shakespeare. The history of the web since has been a series of explosion points. Shortly after Berners-Lee was knighted by the Queen of England for his efforts in 2005, the web hit one billion users. Within six years, another billion people were online. In 2005 there were 74 million websites. Some people figure that number crossed one billion last year. […]

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