Open up a browser, type in a few random alphabets in the address bar followed by the domain and you are sure to land up somewhere, well not exactly, but that’s how huge the web is – flooded with millions, no, billions of unique websites. Practically, there seems to be no precise way to find out about the actual size of the web. However, there do exists a few governing bodies that constantly keep a check on the number of domains being added to the website. In 2008, Google claimed that it was indexing around 1 trillion unique URLs.
Going back a couple of decades, you had just a handful of domains across the web. Symbolics.com is known to be the oldest domain registered on March 15, 1985 in Massachusetts by Smybolics Computer Corporation. Other domains of that time include a few popular names such as Xerox.com, HP.com, Think.com and DEC.com. In all, the web consists of 324 top-level-domains (TDL) out of which 291 are country codes. com, .org, .net, .info and .biz are the only 5 unrestricted TDLs which can be used by almost everyone.
In 2009 alone, approximately 3.7 million new domains were being registered each month. As of mid 2011, approximately 150,000 new URLs were registered with TLDs almost every single day. Multiply it with 365 and you get 54750000. Now that’s certainly a huge figure. Between 1995 and 2012, the number of domains registered has sprung up from 15,000 to a whopping 350,000,000, with a 1000 more being added while you are reading this article.
Surprisingly, there seems to be no specific control system to monitor the actual number of websites presently available. You can very well expect this figure to increase substantially in the near future but once again, is anyone authorized to keep tabs on them?