As per the statistics of 2019, there are around 1.94 billion websites on the Internet. If we look at the approx. number, then there are around 380 websites created every minute. In 2016, the number crossed one billion for the first time. The above data is confirmed by NetCraft in their report. On average, there are only 10-15% active websites in the world. Approx. 85% of all the websites are inactive and most of them have parked domains.
One more thing to be considered is that not all websites are updated regularly except for fashion or e-commerce websites. These websites have new stock coming in now and then and thus keep on updating the data every time. Other regular stuff can be seen in niche blogs related to software, reviews, food and nutrition, vogue, etc. So, in all, there are several inactive websites as compared to active and updated ones.
WWW. was invented by Tim Berners Lee in 1989 @ CERN. Now, Apache collectively with Nginx presently hosts just about half the websites that survive. Though Microsoft is shutting down quickly, others are likely to get a larger market share shortly. The first website that went live was on August 6, 1991. It contained the info about the World Wide Web project itself. The first website of the internet is still accessible today at the following URL: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. Overall, if we look at the future of digitization, the size and extent of the website will grow immensely day by day.
Looking at the current statistics, the substantial amount of information on the internet today will expire tomorrow. There is a big amount of contribution from everyone’s side in making the internet an enormous thing. The volume, extent and the level of information supplied via images, videos, content, user interaction is adding up to make the internet grow immeasurably. The latest data available shows that around 4 billion people use the internet daily, which is almost 51% of the total population.
Therefore, now you have the exact or roundabout statistics on the number of websites available on the internet. The number might change tomorrow but the data will help you to track the volume.