How Many Websites Are There?

Robert Brooks Contributor
How Many Websites Are There?
Read Time: approx. 2:07

Welcome to Power Maps from Tag The Flag where we zoom out to provide unique insights about our country and the world. These graphical representations are meant to help us make sense of our surroundings and visualize themes, trends, and topics in our borders and beyond.


On August 6, 1991, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Switzerland published the first ever website, the WorldWideWeb (W3). By the end of 1992 there were ten websites online and, after CERN made the W3 technology publicly available on a royalty-free basis in 1993, the internet gradually started to grow into the all-encompassing giant that it is today. – [Martin Armstrong / Statista]

In 1994, there were fewer than 3,000 websites online. – [Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic]

In 2011, there was a total of 225 million domain names worldwide. Each domain name can designate a single website or it can host lots of them. – [Julie Bort / Business Insider]

By 2014, there were more than 1 billion. That represents a 33 million percent increase in 20 years. That’s nuts! [Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic]

Current Day: As Statista’s infographic below illustrates, today there are 1.71 billion websites, and looking at Internet Live Stats’ counter, despite being lower than 2017’s 1.76 billion, this figure is currently increasing at a fast rate.

Infographic: How Many Websites Are There? | Statista

Credit: Statista. Be sure to sign up for our nonpartisan newsletter to have stats and stories like this delivered directly to your inbox.