I remember when there was an applet that let you look at a random website changing every 30 seconds. I thought that was the flipping bomb.
There’s no easy way to find out or explain the size of the web.
After all, though there are a few governing bodies and consortia, there’s no real central control system for the Internet. No one really knows with 100% certainty exactly how many websites exist, for example, or how many new websites are set up each day.
GoDaddy is the largest ICANN registrar of domain names, controlling almost a third of the total market and almost half of domains from the top ten registrars. Enom, Tucows, and Network Solutions are next in line, with 5-9% each. [source: WebHosting.info]
The oldest currently registered URL is Symbolics.com, which was registered March 15, 1985. Other notable domains in the first 10 registered URLs include Northrop.com, Xerox.com, and HP.com, all registered in 1985. [source: WhoIs.com]
A top-level domain (TLD) is the part of the URL that comes after the dot. There are currently 324 TLDs. 291 of these are country codes. Only 5 TLDs (.com, .net, .biz, .info and .org) are unrestricted and unreserved for specific types of sites. [source: IANA]
How many websites are there? That’s a difficult question to answer, because there’s no central control system for the Internet. Here are some tidbits we do know:
- In 1992, fewer than 15,000 .com URLs had been registered.
- By 1998, Google said it was indexing 26 million pages.
- By 2007, one survey of the web found .
- In 2008, Google revealed it was indexing 1 trillion unique URLs.
[graphic source: Netcraft]