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Total number of Websites

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We are fast approaching 1 billion websites (watch the total increase), a milestone which at this rate will be reached by the end of 2014. From 1 website in 1991 to over 700 million in 2013, the chart and table below show the total number of websites by year throughout history:

By "Website" we mean unique hostname (a name which can be resolved, using a name server, into an IP Address).
It must be noted that around 75% of websites today are not active, but parked domains or similar. [1]

Year
(June)
WebsitesChangeInternet Users Users per
Website
Websites launched
2013672,985,183-3%2,756,198,4204 
2012697,089,489101%2,518,453,5304 
2011346,004,40367%2,282,955,1307 
2010206,956,723-13%2,045,865,66010Pinterest
2009238,027,85538%1,766,206,2407 
2008172,338,72641%1,571,601,6309Dropbox
2007121,892,55943%1,373,327,79011Tumblr
200685,507,31432%1,160,335,28014Twttr
200564,780,61726%1,027,580,99016YouTube, Reddit
200451,611,64626%910,060,18018Thefacebook, Flickr
200340,912,3326%778,555,68019WordPress, LinkedIn
200238,760,37332%662,663,60017 
200129,254,37071%500,609,24017Wikipedia
200017,087,182438%413,425,19024Baidu
19993,177,45332%280,866,67088PayPal
19982,410,067116%188,023,93078Google
19971,117,255334%120,758,310108Yandex
1996257,601996%77,433,860301 
199523,500758%44,838,9001,908Altavista, Amazon, AuctionWeb
19942,7382006%25,454,5909,297Yahoo
19931301200%14,161,570108,935 
199210900%   
Aug. 19911 World Wide Web Project
Source: NetCraft and Internet Live Stats (elaboration of data by Matthew Gray of MIT and Hobbes' Internet Timeline and Pingdom)

Periodic drops in the total count can depend on various factors, including an improvement in NetCraft's handling of wildcard hostnames. For example, in August 2012, over 40 million hostnames on only 242 IP addresses were removed from the Survey.

Curious facts

Popular Websites (launch year & how they looked)

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Pinterest (2010)

Dropbox (2008)

Tumblr (2007)

Twttr (2006)

YouTube (2005)

Reddit (2005)

Thefacebook (2004)

Flickr (2004)

Wordpress (2003)

Linkedin (2003)

Wikipedia (2001)

PayPal (1999)

Google (1998)

Yandex (1997)

AuctionWeb (Ebay, 1995)

Amazon (1995)

Altavista (1995)

Yahoo (1994)

WWW Project (1991)
  

Sources

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The current estimated total number of Websites is delivered by Worldometers' algorithm, which processes data elaborated through statistical analysis after being collected from the following sources:

References

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  1. "How many active sites are there?" Netcraft Ltd
  2. Noyes, Dan "First URL active once more." CERN. April 29, 2013.
  3. CERN. "Twenty years of a free, open web." CERN. April 30, 2013.
  4. Berners-Lee, Tim, with Fischetti, Mark. "Weaving the Web" Harper. San Francisco, 1999.
  5. Web Server Survey. Netcraft Ltd
 
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