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The Internet Now has Over 100 Million Web Sites

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the and-most-of-it-is-porn dept.

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1sockchuck writes "There are now more than 100 million web sites on the Internet, according to Netcraft, whose monthly web server survey has reached 101.4 million sites. From the article: 'The 100 million site milestone caps an extraordinary year in which the Internet has already added 27.4 million sites, easily topping the previous full-year growth record of 17 million from 2005. The Internet has doubled in size since May 2004, when the survey hit 50 million.'" This is a far cry from the August 1995 results that just cleared 18,000.

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oh snap (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680135)

first post

Ridiculous! (4, Funny)

KidHash (766864) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680151)

Nobody could need more than 640 websites...

Re:Ridiculous! (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680301)

No, really, 3 computers should satisfy the world's computing needs...

Re:Ridiculous! (2, Funny)

HardcoreWizard (993963) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681395)

The world needs no more than three jokes, repeated over and over again in eternity!

Re:Ridiculous! (1)

Funkcikle (630170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680675)

I imagine the same proportion of sites are still worth visiting.

Re:Ridiculous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680785)

Nobody could need more than 640 websites...

This is by far the most ridiculous misquote ever. Everyone knows it's 640k sites.

More is better? (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680861)

OK there have been some great services and sites that have come into being in the last ten years. However, it is very hard to see that 100 million sites == a whole lot of value. There are probably way less than 1 million sites that have content worth checking out. The rest is just Goobage.

Every crap site added makes for more jusk that makes it harder to find anything worthwhile.

Re:More is better? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16681431)

Heh, he just said "Goobage".

Re:Ridiculous! (3, Funny)

gwyrdd benyw (233417) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680975)

I still remember the good old days when the web was first born, and I had the (realistic!) goal of visiting every single web page in existence...

Re:Ridiculous! (4, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681313)

Ah yes, back when a person's favorite links were his "Hot List," and he put them online because his browser didn't have a bookmark function (and oh yeah, so other people could see them too I guess), and when a "blog" was known as a "personal home page." Back when I could teach a whole class everything there was to know about HTML in one day. Back when 99% of the sites on the Internet were "under construction."

My first website (other than the ubiquitous "rants" page) was basically a collection of Monty Python scripts I ripped off of gopher sites and HTML-ized. Back then, I actually got mentioned on one of those "cool site of the day" pages. These days I'd probably just get sued.

Re:Ridiculous! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16681789)

Got anything else to bitch about Grandpa?

The world moved on, perhaps you could too.

Re:Ridiculous! (0, Redundant)

robbywalker (968790) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681221)

100 million web sites! We're gonna need lots more tubes to get that much internets out there.

Re:Ridiculous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16681633)

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
for ($i=0;$i<100000000;$i++) {
open(FILE, ">/var/www/html/site_$i.html");
$j=$i+1;
print FILE <<ENDHTML;
<html>
<body>
<p>Welcome to webpage number $i!</p>
<p>Go to the next page <a href="site_$j.html">here</a>.</p>
</body>
</html>
ENDHTML
close(FILE);}

Oops! Looks like I just doubled it! The interweb now has 200 million websites!

Shameless Plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680157)

And the 100 millionth site was www.PeenieWallie.com [peeniewallie.com]

What will the 300 millionth be?

Yes but... (1)

fernandoh26 (963204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680165)

Yes but what is the condition of its toobes? It's not a dump truck ya know....

Re:Yes but... (1)

LordEd (840443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680215)

Considering the nature of most of those pages, it would have to be sewage tubes.

Don't worry I have a degree in wastewater eng'g (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680491)

With people like me in charge of the internet, you don't have to worry. I have a Master's in Civil Engineering, several course in wastewater engineering, and I'm a certified Water Plant Operator in the State of New Mexico!

Back to work shoveling sludge.....

Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680167)

So, that's like 90 million porn sites? :O

I can believe it.

how many porn sites? (1)

scatteredsun (981481) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680169)

I wonder what the rate of growth in porn sites is. anyone know a number?

Re:how many porn sites? (1)

justinbach (1002761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680199)

anyone know a number?

uh...42?

Re:how many porn sites? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680585)

69

Re:how many porn sites? (1)

varmittang (849469) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680775)

99,999,999 porn sites and one website that only says, "Bring back the Porn", encase they took all the porn off the net.

Re:how many porn sites? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680919)

Porn does not exist on the internet and that's why we don't need .xxx domain names.

In other news (1)

Transcendent (204992) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680175)

Netcraft has also released new information that the internet now has 999,956,522 pornographic websites currently.

Happy browsing everyone!

Netcraft confirms it (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680835)

Yet another crippling bombshell hit the BSD community today. It is official, of the 100,000,000 websites, 999,956,522 of them are pornographic. The other 43478 non-pornographic websites are all running BSD and are dying. Film at 11:00

(Sorry, can't resist when it comes to Netcraft)

Re:Netcraft confirms it (1)

codename.matrix (889422) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681019)

Could you explain your math equation to me again - just out of curiousity...

Re:Netcraft confirms it (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681137)

oops. I'm taking codeine for back pain. Is that a good enough excuse?

Re:Netcraft confirms it (1)

varmittang (849469) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681333)

Acceptable.

We would have also accepted:

Well, for large sums of 2 it works.
What are you, the addition police.

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16681447)

And the other -899,956,522 are to help people who have problems counting the number of digits in very large numbers...

The internet is for porn? (1)

Parallax Blue (836836) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680181)

If this holds true... NERDS REJOICE!

Re:The internet is for porn? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680741)

Of course it is... [google.com]

Even more exciting.. (1, Insightful)

realmolo (574068) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680195)

Is the fact that that of those 100 million, *at least* 99 million are porn sites.

God Bless the Internet.

I think that number is wrong... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680345)

I think that number is wrong...

More like 99,999,969

and here I am .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16681391)

.. with only one penis to enjoy them all with. *sigh*

(no, I'm not looking for donations, thanks anyway)

Back in my day... (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680203)

...we had over 100,000 BBS's! You kids and your new-fangled internet...

How many (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680207)

are just stupid aliases for google spamming?

The number is grossly inflated (2, Insightful)

Red_Foreman (877991) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680225)

While there may be over 100 million web sites, not all have any semblence of unique content. Between phishing sites and domain registrars that pre-register domains and re-sell those domains (leaving adds to some search engine as a default), there's no way there's 100 million+ different sites out on the web.

That would be an interesting statistic - how many web sites are there with unique content?

Re:The number is grossly inflated (1)

mabinogi (74033) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680427)

I dunno about unique content, but TFA shows around 50 million "Active" sites.

Re:The number is grossly inflated (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680813)

Actually, 50 million "active" sites out of 100 million total really amazes me, if true.

I wonder what percentage of the 100 million are A) domain squatting link tubs, and/or B) dead blogs.

PHB to Dilbert (1)

DaveM753 (844913) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680227)

Please print a fresh copy of the Internet for me, right away.

Re:PHB to Dilbert (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680391)

"I can't print; is the Internet down?"

90% of which are blogs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680249)

all linking to other blogs.
The other 10% are news aggregators like slashdot which mostly link to blogs, or services someone slapped a blog-like interface on, like YouTube.

Mmm, the memories. (2, Interesting)

Vegard (11855) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680265)

I remember when the "google equivalent" was a web page with all the worlds web servers was listed. It rapidly got divided into one page per country....

Heh - remember Yahoo back then? (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680317)

Didn't they once have a web form to submit your site in order to get it listed, period?

/P

Re:Heh - remember Yahoo back then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680435)

Wasn't that when Yahoo was a stanford.edu site?

Re:Heh - remember Yahoo back then? (1)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681169)

The first one I can think of was called "What's New?" Eventually they stopped accepting every single submission. I forget if they started requiring money to be listed or if it was some other criteria... I think they just stopped accepting personal websites.

Then Yahoo came along and would list anybody equally, with all their categories and subcategories... they stopped taking just anybody, too.

A couple of friends of mine started a business selling websites (both the servers and building the sites). The company didn't fare too well, but they created "What's New Too?" and actually made some money from banner adverstising...

Those days are long gone.

Yeah, but... (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680269)

...how many of them are ad/pr0n/phishing-laden cybersquats, how many are "my first webpage" single-page sites, how many contain the default IIS or Apache test pages, how many are toss-off political candidate or jumped-the-shark-by-now specialty (e.g. Kerry 2004 campaign) websites, etc? In short, how many of them are actual, funct^M usable, ongoing websites? That's what I want to know.

/P

Re:Yeah, but... (1)

krell (896769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680355)

" jumped-the-shark-by-now specialty (e.g. Kerry 2004 campaign"

"I jumped the shark, and then I didnt jump the shark".

Ridiculous (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680285)

The internet did not just reach 100 million sites - Netcraft's crawl reached 100 million sites.
The internet didn't double in size since 2004 - Netcraft's crawl doubled in size since 2004.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681449)

netcraft was rather retarded doing 'www' hunting as none of ours where included when iis jumped over apaches server mind share (slashdot article of old ps 'thanks' godaddy). If netcraft have improved (iis v apache outstanding) its nice to know there trying to do it properly, raher than just using godaddy domain names as the survey data model.

actual sites? (2, Insightful)

countach (534280) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680309)

50 million more sites or 50 million more domain name squatters?

But what *is* it mostly? (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680319)

from the and-most-of-it-is-porn dept.

Funny ha ha, but a lot of folks would accept that statement at face value. At this point, measured in Netcraft's metric of "number of web sites", it would be interesting to know what most of the Internet actually *is*. Blogs? Personal sites? Phishnets?

If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on the hypothesis that the biggest category of "active web site" is the typosquatters [slashdot.org] .

Server Too Busy (1)

ziesemer (959438) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680341)

... and how many have yet to be slashdotted?

accuracy (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680353)

How on earth could they ever claim this is an accurate number? The whole world is moving in the direction of name-based virtual hosting. One IP could potentially host thousands of web pages, all with different domain names.

Re:accuracy (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680651)

Counting the number of registered domains? Surely that's what the low-level employees of ICANN do all day long...

Re:accuracy (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680889)

Actually, I could write a perl script that could count all the registered domains if I was ICANN. No need for a low level employee. Oh, except to write the script.

Re:accuracy (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681133)

You can do that for second-level domains, but not reliably for anything lower in the tree.

Hidden inaccuracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680711)

And how much of it is the "hidden web"?*

That being sites that for one reason or another can't be reached from a particular point, if at all. Let alone all the hidden content that search engines can't see.

Re:accuracy (1)

Pancake Bandit (987571) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681503)

Are you kidding me? This is VERY accurate stuff we're talking about. In recent news, the US knew the exact moment that our population reached 300 million.

Web sites are not 'The Internet' (4, Insightful)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680375)

The Internet has doubled in size since May 2004, when the survey hit 50 million

How can an article citing Netcraft stats, submitted by a nerd, and approved by a nerd, get this basic concept wrong? The phone I used today was part of the internet. This week, I added half a dozen web sites to an existing box, on an existing single IP address. "The Web" and "The Internet" aren't the same thing. At all.

Re:Web sites are not 'The Internet' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680609)

> "The Web" and "The Internet" aren't the same thing. At all.

No they are "the internets" [about.com]

Do ur research pal, they're not the same at all, google it...

One of the things I've used on the Google [thinkprogress.org] is to pull up maps

Internet capacity being reached? (1)

Parallax Blue (836836) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680417)

How long until the creation of websites along with bandwidth-intensive things such as Bittorrent overwhelm the internet's capacity? I'm no expert, but is this possible? If so, whatever happened to Internet2? It may need to be rolled out sooner than previously thought..

Re:Internet capacity being reached? (1)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680595)

Internet2 is not a replacement for or sequel to the Internet. It's a private network of universities, research facilites, and the like. In that regard, it's something of a throwback to what the Internet was in the very beginning. Check out the wikipeida page [wikipedia.org] on the subject.

Re:Internet capacity being reached? (1)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680623)

"Imminent Death of the Net" has been predicted so many times, it even has its own entry in some computing dictionaries [thefreedictionary.com]

Don't worry, the net has survived everything that's been thrown at it, I doubt a few more doublings in website numbers is going to affect it...

Don't worry, (1)

runlevel 5 (977409) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681191)

I'm no expert either, but when we run out of tubes, we shall build a glorious new internet out of pipes.

Congratulations... whoever you are... (1)

Duggeek (1015705) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680425)

I wonder if we could ever find the actual 100,000,000th site to recognize them. Bake them a cake... or something?

Re:Congratulations... whoever you are... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680705)

I wonder if we could ever find the actual 100,000,000th site to recognize them. Bake them a cake... or something?

www.PeenieWallie.com [peeniewallie.com]

MySpace (1)

vafada (782986) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680445)

10% are MySpace profile... i kid, i kid.

Death Eaters (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681611)

3.388579132890506E-4 % of the people on Myspace put down their occupation as 'Death Eater'.

Parked Domains? (1)

askegg (599634) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680451)

How many of these "new" domains are those horrible "parked domains" that advertise their own sale and link to other sites (presumably to lift their google ranking)?

Well, I won't believe it until... (2, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680487)

...Netcraft confirms it.

Oh. Whoops.

Re:Well, I won't believe it until... (1)

cloudkiller (877302) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680607)

where are my mod points when i need them...

thats only 1 site for every 3 Americans (1)

darkchubs (814225) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680495)

SEO spam accounts for what % . or derivative news feed aggregate sites. what about 3rd level domains, like myblog.blogservice.com .

Domain name != website (1)

Kjartan Albertsson (977711) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680541)

This survey seems to be counting domain names, not websites. Aren't there over a million people with websites on myspace alone? stupid survey.

w00t (0, Offtopic)

dieth (951868) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680545)

some other random loser gets credit for something I submitted over 14 hours ago and got marked as rejected!

hmmm (0)

Hennell (1005107) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680559)

They'd better count again. I make it about three more then that....

I feel bad for his wife (-1, Offtopic)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680619)

She got tired of him always saying "Get away from her, you bitch!"

wow (1)

nozavroni (1021425) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680627)

How am I going to download the internet now?

How are they counting. (4, Interesting)

cwinfough (1021427) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680671)

Are they counting unique sites ie "http://www.yourname.com" and "http://www.joe.yourname.com" or are they just counting primary domain names? :>

Overpopulation (1)

cptnapalm (120276) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680725)

The internet is overpopulated! There will be millions of web servers starving for electricity! We must limit our child processes through education!

and only one that matters (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680735)

Re:and only one that matters (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681005)

heh, haven't seen a zombo link in a while. I prefer obmoz, myself. [checks to see if it still works] It does. [obmoz.com]

And how many are worth anything? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680761)

Sheer count is nothing. Its sort of like counting cars.. sure there may be a mind boggling amount of them, but how many of those are actually drivable and arent sitting in a junk yard?

Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680783)

That's kinda a lot... I guess...

yeah right! (1)

Treates2 (1004837) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680811)

only 60,000 are actual websites the rest are domain squatters.

Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16680827)

Can you get back to me when the number of websites that are actually worth visiting climbs to 100? Thanks!

1995 (1)

psybre (921148) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680863)

I really miss my 1995 website. Sigh.
~psybre

Forget how many are porn sites (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680881)

My question is, how many of these sites are phishing sites?

Good thing but... (1)

CapitalT (987101) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680883)

how many of those are worth it?

My list:
1-Slashdot.org
2-Homestarrunner.com
3-Wikipedia.org
4-Google.com
5-Syllable.org
6-Flickr.com
And all open source related sites...

Some sites are popular but aren't worth the bits that they are transmitted on (eg. Digg.com).

if netcraft wants to provide helpful info (1)

wardk (3037) | more than 7 years ago | (#16680887)

they should tell us which 4 or 5 of those are actually worth visiting!

Sen. Stevens, your tubes are calling...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16681035)

100 million sites. Dang, we better get more tubes out there FAST.

Growth yes, but why? (1)

Statecraftsman (718862) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681093)

So year over year there something like 40-50% growth in the number of sites. The question is why? Do we all wake up in the morning thinking, "I wish there were more websites!"

This just reflects that more people are coming up with more ideas that include having their own little piece o' web. It's not important how many ideas people have or how many domains they run. It's how much time humanity is spending online that matters. It's how much good the internet is doing for us. Just wanted to point out the number is really irrelevant for human quality of life.

That is, unless you own a hosting company.

Re:Growth yes, but why? (1)

jmorris42 (1458) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681419)

> So year over year there something like 40-50% growth in the number of sites. The question is why?

You have questions.... and since I ain't Radio Shack I have more than blank stares for ya. :)

Blogs. Microsoft, Google and a lot more bit players are in a race to see how many domains they can host for free. And these days they don't call em personal homepages (that is so 20th Century and conjures up visions of crapy geocities pages) anymore, now we call them blogs. Plus Microsoft gets to boost their netcraft server share ranking with every free domain they host on IIS. And probably cheaper than what they spent bribing Godaddy to move their parked domains from Apache.

Their study isn't complete (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16681253)

Upon reading that they did this study in November 2006 (which means today), I checked the stats for my two websites. One of them was hit by someone in Japan - dunno how.... My other site hasn't been visited by anyone since 10/29/06.

Yeah, yeah - talk to me later about getting more web site hits.

Anyway, impossible that their study is complete.

How much more is more? (1)

Shadyman (939863) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681309)

""There are now more than 100 million web sites [CC] on the Internet, according to Netcraft..."

... Half of which are parked domains, "coming soon" or other typo-prone domains.

People getting it wrong. (1)

PlasticArmyMan (967433) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681377)

On a related note, I don't know if this has ever jarred with people like it used to do with me but it used to annoy the piss out of me whenever people referred to webpages as websites. Anyone?

Not since the USA... (1)

linuxg0d (913436) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681385)

... has a number been pulled, so creatively, out of someone's ass!

Congratulations!

The Internet Now has Over 100 Million Web Sites... (3, Informative)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 7 years ago | (#16681777)

..and 99.99 million of them are crap.
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