Web Growth Summary
The web has grown very fast. In fact, the web has grown substantially
faster than the Internet at large, as measured by number of hosts.
See the Internet Growth
Summary for more information.
The rate of the web's growth has been and continues to be exponential,
but is slowing in it's rate of growth. For the second half of 1993, the Web had a doubling period of under 3
months, and even today the doubling period is still under 6 months.
* Host in the final column is defined as a listed hostname.
The number in parentheses is using the number of hosts responding to
ping. See the Internet Growth Summary for more details.
|Month ||# of Web sites ||% .com sites ||Hosts* per Web server|
|6/93 ||130 ||1.5||13,000 (3,846)|
|12/93 ||623 ||4.6||3,475 (963)|
|6/94 ||2,738 ||13.5||1,095 (255)|
|12/94 ||10,022 ||18.3||451 (99)|
|6/95 ||23,500 ||31.3||270 (46)|
|1/96 ||100,000 ||50.0||94 (17)|
|6/96 ||230,000 (est) ||68.0||41|
|1/97 ||650,000 (est) ||62.6||NA|
The NSFNET, which was the primary backbone for the Internet before
1995, makes available statistics about what data is sent over the
backbone. Since the NSFNET stopped running the backbone in April of
1995, new data is not available, but the early growth is clearly
visible. The complete statistics are available from Merit.
|NSFNET Backbone Usage Breakdown|
|Date||% ftp||% telnet
||% netnews||% irc||% gopher||% email||% web|
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