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How we got from 1 to 162 million websites on the internet

According to the latest numbers, there are more than 162 million websites on the internet today. We have come a long way since the first baby steps of the World Wide Web. Back in January of 1996 we had 100,000 websites, and if we go back to mid-1993 there were only a total of 130 websites. Not much need for Google in those days…

So how has the number of websites grown over time? Here is how we got from 1 to 162 million websites:

Number of websites on the internet from 1990 to 2008
The graph covers December 1990 to March 2008.

The early growth is difficult to see in the graph, so here is a table showing how long it took before the web grew to 100,000 websites:

Number of websites, Dec 90 to Jan 96
Date Number of websites
Dec 90 1
Dec 91 10
Dec 92 50
Jun 93 130
Sep 93 204
Oct 93 228
Dec 93 623
Jun 94 2,738
Dec 94 10,022
Jun 95 23,500
Jan 96 100,000

Hey, Pingdom could have monitored the uptime of the entire World Wide Web back then! :)

The world’s first website

Wonder about that one, single website back in December of 1990? That was info.cern.ch, the first-ever website and web server, created by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the WWW).

It’s amazing how the web has gone from consisting of just this first little web page to the huge network of millions and millions of websites that it is today, and how pervasive the web has become in our society. We do our banking online, read our news online, have our encyclopedias online, meet friends online. And all this has happened since 1990.

Notes on the numbers

The definition of what counts as a website varies, but the numbers here are hostnames connected to sites that respond. The numbers from Netcraft (August 1995 and onward) include parked pages as well, so it is larger than the number of “active” websites.

Some of the data was taken from Hobbes’ Internet Timeline and then complemented with Netcraft data.



8 comments
ID
ID

Interesting statistics on the number of new websites.......it should be interesting to see the growth in the next 5 years.

Sadece Bir Blog
Sadece Bir Blog

Robert Cailliau, collaborator on the World Wide Web project and first Web surfer. That was interesting

Albert James
Albert James

Do you know what percentage of sites are inventor or technology promotionally based? It would give me a clue of pricing plus projecting a cooperative style member site. Thank you for posting this much...

nukemdomis
nukemdomis

We need more websites. 162 million sites is just not enough. I wonder how many of those sites expire every day. If one were to create a text document that listed all 162 million sites that document would be approximately 10,500,000 pages long. Even 1 million sites as a text document would be a massive 65,000 pages long.

Nestor
Nestor

But how many are worth visiting? Answer, not very many indeed.

Rick Wolff
Rick Wolff

Note that 3 out of 4 sites came online after the "boom" of 2000, and the "bust" only flattened the growth for about 18 months.

Gerry Scheetz
Gerry Scheetz

Could you make a logarithmic graph with the same data. That would be interesting to see.

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