- On January 5, 2017
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The web hosting industry has evolved significantly in the 21st century – most notably in its size. The growth of the Internet is made possible with an increase in datacenters and hosting providers in the world. To meet the demand of the creation of new websites and applications, more hardware is required to store all this data. Since datacenters can only offer finite resources, new datacenters have to be build to meet the expansion of the Internet.
This unstoppable growth of the Internet has led to a fast evolution of the web hosting industry, both in terms of the quantity, size, and services that the world’s hosting providers offer.
We’ll be looking at some statistics to tell you exactly how the web hosting industry has evolved in the 21st century:
The Internet, is without a doubt, so big that it is hard to imagine exactly how big it is. Yet, theoretically speaking, it is possible to measure its size if we had access to all the infrastructure that makes the Internet possible.
Here are some ways to measure the size of the Internet:
1) Look at how many websites there are on the Internet.
While this statistic is quite convincing to most as a indicator of the Internet’s size, don’t forget that this statistic will include many unvisited and fake websites which number lies in the millions.
2) The number of domains that are registered.
Here you can make the same point as the one before. Many of these domains will sit in someone’s account and do absolutely nothing for years. You can’t associate it with the Internet if there’s no engagement coming from these domains.
Here are some better ways to determine the size of the Internet:
3) How many websites there are and how many are being visited.
4) What the most popular websites are.
5) The total storage of all the web data on the Internet.
6) How much data is being transmitted over a given time.
Despite the fact that these are better indicators of the Internet’s size, it is harder to measure because you’ll be required to access the infrastructure, which is not easy to come by.
In 2015, there were 876,812,666 websites (over 876 million web sites). This is a 14+ million increase compared to 2014, when there were 861,379,152 websites. Of these websites, there are 177 million (177,127,427) that are regularly updated.
There were more than 1 billion websites in September 2014. In then dropped to 900 million.
According to Verisign, there are 284 million registered domain names in 2015, which is an increase from 265 million in January 2014.
According to a Zmap scan in 2014, there are 108 million hosts in the world served by over 5 million computers.