The Internet at times seems endless, but it's clear that this is not so: the number of sites on the Internet is limited by the capacity of the servers on which these websites reside, and because it certainly is, although very large. Is it possible to calculate how many sites on the Internet.

The British company Netcraft. specializing in web monitoring, regularly analyzes the hosting services market and among other things counts, among other things, the number of sites on the global web. Researchers from Netcraft know exactly how many sites are on the Internet, and regularly check the dynamics of changing the number of sites on the network.

According to the results of a study conducted in may 2012, specialists Netcraft received responses from 662 959 946 websites and blogs. Number of host names decreased by 14 million compared to April of the same year. Thus, this is the first decrease in the number of sites observed over the past 22 months.

The reason for this decline is the removal of more than 28 million host names in the TLD .the info that was posted on the SoftLayer servers (only one hundred and four domains, IP addresses). Despite this, over the past month, the network appeared 1.2 million new domains .

The total number of sites and domain names August 1995 — may 2012

Also, Netcraft leadsusage statistics software web servers. on the basis of which websites operate.

Thus, the market share the web server with nginx  has continued to grow steadily for the ninth consecutive month. Now it is 894 thousand serviced hosts (5.48% of the total number), having increased more than twice in the past year.

But the share the Apache web server  this month decreased by 17.5 million served hosts. Nevertheless, it still ranks first in popularity, leading the market by a wide margin: two-thirds of all sites use this web server.

They also found that 654 host as the web server use Microsoft-IIS/8.0. The default Web server in the new server OS from Microsoft is Windows Server 2012, formerly known under the code name Windows Server 8.

The market share of web servers, August 1995 — may 2012

As you can see, it is difficult to say exactly how many sites on the Internet: their number is constantly changing. And to know the more or less accurate number, you need to monitor the reports of the company Netcraft. With certainty, we can say only one thing: against the background of the total number of more than 600 million sites, all the fluctuations in the number of sites seem rather insignificant.

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