Written by, Jalluri
Updated March, 14, 2023
A website is a collection of web pages and other related content identified by a common domain name and published on at least one web server.
This article will elaborate in more detail like manner, stats, and figures related to websites, webpages, e-commerce, search engines, programming languages, hackers, and much more.
A website is a collection of web pages and other related content identified by a common domain name and published on at least one web server.
We all know google.com, amazon.com, wikipedia.org, and many other popular sites.
Most of you don’t know that these websites are part of the World Wide Web (WWW).
What does that mean?
It means that it’s sites like these that are open to the public that constitutes the World Wide Web.
However, not all websites are worldwide accessible.
Yes, the opposite of public is private.
Therefore, there are private websites too.
The thing with private websites is that you can access them only on a private network (e.g., a company’s internal website for its employees).
(Sources: Wikipedia; techjury.net)
In accordance with recent stats from 2020, there are only about 200 million active websites and more than 1.5 billion inactive websites on the internet.
Finally, some answers!
Research from 2016 shows that the number of websites almost doubled, making its way from 900 million to 1.70 billion.
Meanwhile, as incredibly high the number of websites is, there are still about 1,580,279,247 inactive websites on the internet today, according to Internet Live Stats.
Let’s have a look at the yearly table of the total number of websites on the internet (active):
The total number of websites is confirmed by NetCraft and published in its Web Server Survey in May 2018.
To sum up, even though with almost 2 billion websites at hand, we have less than 400 million active ones.
(Sources: techjury.net; siteefy.com)
Slightly more than 547,200 new websites are created DAILY on a global level and about more or less 23,000 new websites EVERY HOUR.
Just imagine the flow of information that accumulates in a minute, yet in an hour – worldwide!
How many websites are created every day?
I can’t give you an exact number for the mere reason that while you’re reading this, the numbers are growing.
Keep an open mind; this is just a rough estimation of just how much is happening.
Yet, just as new websites pop up by the minute, web pages/websites are vanishing by the minute too.
VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported 366.8 million Domain Name Registrations at the end of the 1st Quarter of 2020.
The domain is the address of a website (something like the front door of a house, the entrance), which is called URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
Here is a more visual explanation of a domain address:
The Top-Level Domains (TLDs):
Combine a total of 160.7 million registrations in the Domain Name Base at the end of Q1, 2020.
Most of us think that the only level domains are .com, .net, and .org – news flash guys; there are many more.
Take a further look into other TLDs:
(Sources: siteefy.com; businesswire.com)
At least 56.5 billion web pages indexed through Google, states a report by the WorldWide Web Size Project.
This number is of no great surprise. Moreover, we expect the total number of web pages to surpass the total number of websites.
If we consider that a single website can include hundreds, if not thousands of individual web pages.
Do me a favor, and you do the counting.
Less than 64% of small businesses have a website, and 58% of small businesses without websites plan to create one in 2019.
Business owners start to knock some sense and realize just how crucial it is to keep up with technology and people’s expectations nowadays.
Less than two-thirds of small businesses have a website, and over 36% of small businesses don’t have a website.
On the other hand, we have 35% of small businesses that think their operation is too small to need a website at all.
About 40% in 2016 of websites protected with HTTPS secure encryption leaped to today’s stunning 80%.
Before any further details, let’s first clarify
What does HTTPS stand for?
You must have thought about it at least once or twice in your life.
Here it is, the moment of truth! 🙂
HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, the very same one is an extension of HTTP, and its role is to secure communication on the internet.
So, in simple words, HTTPS protects our credit/debit card information and makes our online shopping fast, fun, and a SAFE experience.
According to recent stats, over 51.8% of the most visited websites worldwide now actively redirect to HTTPS.
The growth in the number of sites may well be because Google emphasizes higher and better online security protocols.
Either way, I’m happy to hear that more and more of the websites are doing everything they can to protect us (the customers/visitors).
(Sources: news.umich.edu; primekey.com)
The average number of new websites being hacked daily is now 30,000.
These 30,000 sites are usually legitimate small businesses that are unintentionally spreading malware.
Smaller businesses are often a hackers’ target simply because of the lack of strength in their cybersecurity.
Thus, they act like a slightly open door in the middle of the night for a stranger (hacker) to quickly “break in” (hack).
Take a look at some of the loopholes small businesses have:
Let’s dig deeper into website hacking stats and facts:
As disturbing as these facts maybe, they’re also quite real, and they happen (clearly) more often than what we think they do.
(Sources: webarxsecurity.com; kaspersky.com; hg.org)
A Survey of the 1 million most-visited websites the US hosts shows envying 43% of the websites on the internet.
With the above figures in hand, we can clearly say that the US represents 8.2% of the whole online population.
One of the problems that many can’t come to an exact number of websites in the US is how websites correlate and interact (the US or non-US).
Read through these criteria that determine the ‘source’ of a website. Therefore, a website can be:
I wasn’t able to figure out an exact number of websites in the US, but from my overall research through various platforms, I came to a rough number of 505,000,000 hosts in the USA.
This number was most definitely much higher now in 2020.
All in all, I feel confident enough to state that there are at least 505,000,000 websites somehow linked to the US.
In this section, I won’t go much into words but rather into numbers.
Let’s take a dive!
Look at the percentage of visitors to Google.com (by country):
|Continents||Internet User Distribution in the World (in %)|
I don’t need to say anything; the table contents speak loud and clear.
Asia is a definite world leader, and hardly any of the continents could ever threaten to take her place.
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), with 38% shares of all websites in the world.
In other words, over 455 million websites use WordPress as of 2020.
WordPress marks a remarkable increase of 2% compared to 2019 and another 4% rise from the previous year. Thus, it’s doing more than just great.
It’s not just for blogging. This is because we know it controls other markets, for instance, the e-commerce market.
Check out these amazing WordPress stats from 2019:
Nonetheless, this is only a partial number of WordPress domination in percentage.
If we limit the data to websites with only familiar CMS, an astonishing 63% will reveal the true dominance of WordPress.
So, if you are thinking of building a website, you know whom to go to. WordPress is here to help you out.
(Source: techjury.net; kinsta.com)
CMS powers one-third of the Top 1 million websites ON THE PLANET.
In combination with the Top 10,000 Websites, it makes up for over 37%, to be exact.
CMS (Content Management System) is an application that enables you to publish and manage content on the web in an intuitive way.
For example, imagine that everything you type into Notepad can be published directly to a website that you own.
Here is a more visual understanding of how CMS works and what it can do:
Yes, you need a CMS application to create a website and to be able to publish what you write.
It sounds like a complicated and hectic process when in fact, it isn’t. We owe that to CMS.
Now even with 0 coding skills, you can be the creator of a fully functioning site (without a single drop of coding).
Thanks to the drag-and-drop options this management application offers.
Let’s go further on as to see how amazing and powerful this publishing platform can be.
Here are some fascinating CMS statistics:
To sum up, this is a fast-spreading market worth billions, no doubt about that. The figures and statistics are crystal clear.
We have the gigantic WordPress as eminent as it is with a gripping 61.9% share of the market.
This is followed by the fact that custom-made CMS platforms control and own almost half of the internet.
I can tell you with a clear conscience that you can look at this market as a gold mine.
Extra tip: There are five types of CMSs.
But more on that in another article.
(Sources: review42; techjury.net)
E-commerce sites changed peoples’ way of shopping. This is a constant and fast-spreading industry with no intentions of ever stopping.
Usually, you will encounter it as e-commerce or eCommerce, and it stands short for electronic commerce.
E-commerce refers to buying and selling all kinds of goods and other services over the internet (or online, as most of us say).
There are four types of e-commerce categories:
So, here we are in 2020, with more than 20 million eCommerce sites.
Read that sentence again. Tell me, how do you feel about it? Do you know what that means?
From my point of view, the shopping that we knew before changed for good.
I see fewer people going out and trying on clothes. On the contrary, I see people ordering their kids’ sneakers online (measuring their foot width and length).
No one’s trying to take a selfie with an expo phone in a saloon (they look up specs and youtube reviews now).
It may sound sad, but it isn’t really.
In relation to this, let’s make a list of pros and cons and see the effect of e-commerce shopping.
Remember? You are buying from your PC.
Now let’s move on to a few of the groundbreaking general e-commerce statistics:
Wow! Impressive numbers!
It makes me want to sit down and open an online shop of my own 🙂
(Source: kommandotech.com; investopedia.com; wpforms.com)
Next to 24% of the Top 1 Million Most Popular Websites in the world are not mobile-friendly.
Well, that’s not very nice.
I’m pretty sure that all this is on your checklist for mobile-friendly sites too.
The above said concludes that a mobile-friendly website is essential, especially when it shrinks down to be small enough to display on a mobile device.
However, people often confuse responsiveness with friendliness.
I’m not surprised because it’s a fine-drawn line between a responsive and a friendly site.
Canonicalized, conducted an evaluation via Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test to check Alexa’s Top 1 Million Websites on the web, and this was the final results:
The best way to explain this is aliexpress.com. Example.
Google’s mobile-friendly test check-marked aliexpress.com as a mobile unfriendly page.
Shocked? I am too.
I mean: come on! This is one of the most mobile concentrated sites in the world. It has to be some kind of mistake.
It turns out after a more thorough search that they have a separate mobile site that goes by m.aliexpress.com.
Google isn’t a psychic.
It can happen to anyone, and this time it was Google that made a mistake because of the ‘m’ tag in front.
According to Google’s statement, a website should begin with a ‘www.’
To be able to speak fluently 1-2 foreign languages it’s a blessing. However, to be able to “speak” any programming language is even greater a blessing nowadays.
With about 600 programming languages in the world, its demand fluctuates every year. Still, program language savvy people are needed worldwide no matter what.
Let’s talk statistics.
Here are Statista’s top 5 most widely utilized programming languages among developers worldwide (2020):
I’d like to share an important fact with you.
Python is the No.1 most favorite and widely used programming language among learners.
This is because its design is beginner-friendly and provides simple variables and functions which can easily be mastered by many.
With a fast rate of more than 11 users per second (or 1 million new users each day), internet users now make up 57% of the global population.
Mosaic was the first internet browser. This browser was launched back in 1993, and it’s considered the PIONEER of making the internet easily accessible to the general public.
The internet and technology have come a long way from 1993 till today.
The changes in technology are clear to all of us, but there are also many differences in statistics too.
Over the last 27 years, the internet has grown in use and efficacy.
Let’s take the numbers of internet users (then and now), for example.
The list was really long, so I cut it short. Take a look at the stats from the last five years, from June 2016-June to, 2020.
Here are some stats elaborated by Live Internet Stats:
Date (June) Number of Users World Population (%)
June 2020 4,833 million 62%
June 2019 4,536 million 58.8%
June 2018 4,208 million 55.6%
June 2017 3,885 million 51.7%
June 2016 3,631 million 49.55%
If you take a closer look at this list, you can see a clear sign of an increase with each passing year.
By the look of things, these are growing numbers, and we should expect a bigger rate of increase in the years to come.
Digital and online marketing see a bunch of changes every year as technology evolves by the minute.
Online marketing trends ‘suffer’ an immense impact by mobile phones and digital personal assistants.
I feel strong enough to state that this is a new era, but I feel like an even newer one is coming onto us.
Robots, automatization, machines taking over human labor?
I’m not a fortune teller but by the look of things. I’d say that’s already happening, slowly but surely creeping into every corner of all industries.
In the meantime, let’s shed some light on some of the ongoing futuristic things at the moment.
Check out some of the ongoing and upcoming ‘futuristic’ stuff:
My overall opinion on all the above is that as much as new and futuristic stuff the digital world holds for us, the proven and established methods are still here to stay.
Like content marketing for example.
Its methods and formulas may be old-fashioned or simple, but they work and get excellent results.
Tech stuff like ‘content marketing isn’t gonna disappear. They just need a refreshing touch here and there.
Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing what the tech future has in store for us 🙂
(Sources: wsoaonline.com; neilpatel.com/blog)
What percentage of websites on the internet get traffic?
Instead of jumping straight to figures and answers, just stop and think how many seconds/minutes you need to decide whether you like/dislike a site?
I need 1-5 seconds.
On the other hand, Sweor users need approximately 0.05 seconds to form a definite opinion on whether they like or dislike a site.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t work for websites too.
Time is money, and no one has the “luxury” to read through an entire website, just so at the end to decide that it’s not for them.
I feel that we warmed up a little bit, so now we can go back to our topic:
The global percentage of mobile traffic from the total internet web traffic in February 2019 was 47.96%.
While, as of October 2020, the mobile web traffic holds a firm 48.62%.
The internet traffic will grow 3.2-fold from 2016 to 2021. This is an estimated annual growth rate of 26%.
Meanwhile, busy hour internet traffic will grow 4.6-fold from 2016 to 2021. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 35%.
Top 10 websites with most visits (monthly traffic):
(Source: ahrefs.com/blog; sweor.com)
Recent studies show that organic search traffic accounts for 73% of all traffic to Business Services Sites.
That’s well over a 20% jump from the 51% estimating organic search across all sites.
This rise in percentage comes as no surprise.
Why is it so?
Because in an era as digitized as ours, search engines are becoming more and more powerful by the day and a crucial part of our daily lives, it’s unavoidable.
With no further delay, let us hop over to the main question:
Check out the top 6 search engine worldwide leaders as of October 2020:
(Source: Statista; gs.statcounter.com)
The average website has only 5% of visitors looking at more than three pages.
How many pages does a website have?
A normal standalone website usually consists of:
However, the criteria vary depending on the owner’s needs and purposes.
Other factors may be:
We can all agree that the question itself is quite broad to give a straight answer.
Tell me, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear ‘Dark Web’?
Smuggling, drugs, illegal sale of human organs?
Aha, yes. I know you’re reading and saying: yes, yes, yes.
Stick around and find out more.
But first, let’s find out.
Of course, the Dark Web is part of the internet. It represents the part of the internet that is ‘invisible to the search engines.
Can you access it?
Hmm. I can’t say ‘yes’ nor ‘no.’
Instead, I’ll go ahead and answer that some of you may, but most can’t.
This part of the internet can be accessed only with highly specific software and configurations or to have the authorization to do so.
Thousands of people want to keep their web activities secret (and the reason isn’t because of playing too much Candy Crush on Facebook).
You’ll be surprised to hear this one.
Here it goes, nothing: The US GOVERNMENT!
The Dark Web is a creation of the USA government, believe it or not.
Hold your horses.
Stay with me and read through it.
The main purpose of the Dark Web-primarily was to allow spies to interchange data anonymously.
This is nothing new, it dates back to the 90s. The US military researchers invented a special technology, called ‘Tor’ (The Onion Router).
The name comes because of its strategy: it encrypts and hides websites layer by layer (just like the layers of an onion).
Most of those websites are also hosted on the .onion domain.
Let me get back at the top of this section and confirm your suspicions, before further. Yes, you can buy all that and more:
The Dark Web is a golden market for all sorts of buying and selling drugs
Let’s not ‘get lost’ in this subject, and let’s go back to our first question.
Speculation is that The Dark Web occupies around 5% of the total internet on the surface, BUT that’s because it’s only a subset of the Deep Web.
Dark Web stats in 2020 reveal a horrifying 48% of the internet in their possession.
(Sources: csoonline.com; cyberscoop.com; techjury.net/blog; the-sun.com; wikipedia.com)
We always knew that the internet is a limitless space, but seeing these figures and stats, it’s mind-blowing!
We learned that even with 200 million active websites, there are a huge number of inactive sites (1.5 billion).
We have new websites popping up like mushrooms every day (even better, every hour) to our comfort.
Now we know what Domains, CMS, e-commerce, HTTPS are and what’s their purpose.
Small businesses are starting to think straight (at least some of them) and start to integrate more in the social media boundless market.
Ah, don’t forget the hackers. As for them, there is no such thing as a good firewall or antivirus that can’t be hacked.
I elaborate quite the number of stats in this article, and I went through a good amount of what’s out there on the internet: from active and inactive sites to top search engines, e-commerce stats, mobile-friendly websites, to the mean and mysterious Dark Web.
I really hope there was something for everyone in this article.