How Many Websites Are There In 2024? - Envisage Digital

How Many Websites Are Active Globally Today?

  • 192,888,216 Websites online today
  • 82% are inactive websites
  • 5.35 billion active internet users

The milestone of 1 billion websites was reached in September 2014, and we know that there are more than 50 billion web pages on the Internet as of Feb 2024

That’s amazing when you consider that the internet didn’t even exist 30 years ago. On August 6, 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the very first website. It was a website with information on the World Wide Web. It was very simple and just offered a summary of the project, the people involved, and some technical details.

It still exists – you can see it if you look up the CERN archives. After this first website, things progressed quickly. The next year, 1992, saw the number of websites increase by over 900% or ten new websites. After 1992, the number of websites increased exponentially. Amazon launched in 1995, Google joined the web in September 1998, and YouTube and Reddit joined the party in 2005. Along the way, many websites disappeared, such as AOL and MySpace. Today, Google is the number one search engine and has become a verb in its own right. People often respond to questions by saying, “I don’t know. I’ll Google it.”

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The Top Ten Website Statistics

  • The average internet user spends an average of 6 hours and 58 minutes online
  • Google processes 8.5 billion search engine requests every day
  • Bad bots account for 32% of all internet traffic
  • The Digital Media market is expected to witness a significant increase in revenue, reaching a staggering US$560.70bn in 2024.
  • More than 810 million websites will use WordPress in 2024. This means that a total of 43.2% of all live websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.
  • 47% of all consumers will leave a webpage if it takes longer than three seconds to load
  • 90% of shoppers believe they can find a better deal on the internet than in a store
  • Amazon makes more than 49% of all online sales
  • The cost of cybercrime would reach a massive $9.5 trillion in 2024 and exceed $10.5 trillion in 2025.
  • Phishing email statistics suggest that nearly 1.2% of all emails sent are malicious, which in numbers translated to 3.4 billion phishing emails daily.

What Do You Want To Know?

Number Of Websites Globally Statistics For 2024

How Long Does The Average User Spend On The Internet In 2024?

  • The average consumer spends up to seven hours every day online, and more than half of that time is on mobile devices.
  • Internet users spend a lot of time on social media, on websites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, and TikTok. That adds up to more than 5 years of a person’s entire lifetime.
  • We are almost literally spending half of our lives online (we have to sleep sometime). People also watch online videos and play games. They even watch live streams of other people playing games.

How Many Requests Does Google Process Every Day?

  • Google receives about 99,000 search queries every second every single day, or 8.5 billion searches per day. The average person turns to Google at least three or four times a day.
  • Google is a misspelling of Googol, which is the number one with a hundred zeros behind it. The term conveys that Google has an infinite number of answers.
  • A fun fact is that more than 80% of Google searches are made by Google staff trying to develop and perfect their algorithms.

What Percentage Of All Internet Traffic Is Automated In 2024?

  • 49.6% percent of all internet traffic represents automated sources such as hackers and bots. That means only 50.4% of all internet traffic comes from human beings.
  • Some of these bots are just doing their jobs, like ranking Google results or refreshing webpages. However, some of them are malicious bots, spreading viruses, or mining personal information to sell to unscrupulous people.

How Much Money Will Digital Media Generate In 2025?

  • The market is expected to grow from $374.2 billion in 2020 to $763.6 billion in 2025 at a rate of 15.3%. That’s a huge amount of money to be made on the internet.
  • To make the most money possible, you’ll need to rank highly in a Google search, because 99.5% of shoppers research online before purchasing some of the time. And nearly 87% do so regularly or always.
  • To rank highly, employ the tactics of SEO, or search engine optimization. These days, many people both read content and make purchases on their phones, so content needs to be in easily digestible chunks.
  • 310 million Americans own a smartphone, that’s 19 in 20 people who have access to the internet in the palm of their hands.

How Many Websites Are Powered By WordPress In 2024?

  • WordPress powers 43% of all websites. Many websites use WordPress, from everyday bloggers to huge brands like Sony, Walt Disney, the BBC, and the New Yorker.
  • What’s interesting is that volunteers run WordPress—it doesn’t even have a CEO. WordPress is a content management system (CMS), and people like it because it creates easy-to-read websites that can be anything consumers want it to be.
  • You can post pictures, sell goods, report news, or anything else you need. WordPress is also easy to update, which is extremely important in keeping consumers’ or readers’ attention.
  • People google the word “WordPress” around 2.7 million times a month. WordPress users publish 70 million new posts monthly.
  • More than 409 million people view about 20 billion pages on WordPress every month. WordPress is translated into more than 200 languages.

How Long Will Someone Wait For A Website To Load Before They Leave?

  • 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load.
  • There are millions and millions of websites online, and consumers just don’t have the patience for slow-loading websites. It’s easier just to click the next result returned by Google.
  • Slow websites mean a loss of sales and opportunities. Most visitors don’t come back later to see if your site is faster—they’re going to a new website that loads more quickly. Also, slow websites decrease customer satisfaction (assuming they stuck around in the first place).

How Many People Believe They Can Find A Better Deal Online In 2024?

  • 99% of people believe they can find a better deal online than they can in a brick-and-mortar store.
  • They’re probably right. The internet makes it easy to comparison shop, and there are a huge number of apps and extensions that can help consumers find the best price or offer coupons.
  • RetailMeNot, for example, offers coupons for hundreds of businesses that can only be found by going to their website. They work directly with retailers to provide this service. Shipping costs sometimes deter consumers, so if your website offers free shipping, you’re ahead of the game.

How Dominant Is Amazon In 2024?

  • Amazon makes more than 49% of all online sales and this is expected to rise by at least 10% in the next year.
  • Amazon launched in 1995 and only sold books at first. Jeff Bezos, the founder, originally wanted to call it Cadabra (as in, Abra Cadabra) because he thought it gave it a magical sounding name. His lawyer talked him out of that, though, because he said it sounded too similar to Cadaver, which was not the image they were going for.
  • Not only does Amazon sell almost everything, in keeping with Bezos’s vision of being an everything store, they also offer a vast number of their own products. Kindle, Alexa, and hundreds of Amazon created brands sell millions of dollars’ worth of products each year.
  • Selling Kindles, which consumers can then use to buy e-books from Amazon, was a stroke of genius.

How Much Is Cybercrime Costing Us In 2024?

  • The cost of cybercrime would reach a massive $9.5 trillion in 2024 and exceed $10.5 trillion in 2025.
  • Cybercrime is also the greatest threat to every company in the world. Cybercrime is any crime committed with a computer, for everything from the sale of illicit goods to phishing scams trying to data-scrape credit card information.
  • Cybercrime is rising steadily every year, and criminals are getting more sophisticated. Cyberattacks are the fastest growing crime in the U.S. Thus, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated.

3.4 billion Phishing Emails Are Sent Daily In 2024.

  • On the face of it, this doesn’t seem terrible, until you remember that at least 3.4 billion phishing emails are sent globally every day. That means, more than once a day, a criminal is after your information or is actively trying to spread malware.
  • Covid-19 has increased cybercrime by 400%.
  • You’ve certainly received some of these emails – they mimic a well-known company such as Netflix or Amazon and say there is some problem with your account. Then they offer a link for you to click, at which point they can gather your account information.
  • Most of the time, you don’t fall for it, but people do. Millennials and Gen-Z internet users (18-40 year olds) are most likely to fall victim to phishing attacks – 23% compared to 19% of Generation X internet users (41-55 year olds).

The Future Of The Internet

Our digital lives will define more and more of our identity in the future. It’s even possible that our world will be a combination of reality and virtual reality, and it might be hard to tell which is which.

One thing is for sure: the internet is here to stay.

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