The world of web hosting is a fast-paced industry, servicing the ever-changing, growing and diverse demands of a connected, digital age. We wanted to put together a snapshot of the market with our top 21 statistics for 2017.

Web Hosting Services

WordPress

1. WordPress Still Ranked #1 CMS Hosting Service

WordPress remains the world’s most popular content management system and powers one in four websites (27.5%). This titan of the blogging world was created in 2004 and started its journey to global domination as a primarily blogging site. With over 76.5 million blogs active on WordPress, it is little wonder that the site is responsible for over 2.5 billion posts. Not only that but get your head around these extra facts:

  • 44.6 million new comments are added to WordPress each month. That’s more comments than the population of Argentina.
  • 409 million per month view pages on WordPress.
  • 50,000 new blogs are added to WordPress each day.

The second place CMS is Joomla.

2. GoDaddy Still The Daddy

Of the top 10 million websites online, GoDaddy hosts the most with an impressive 6.3%. In second place, Amazon with 4.9% with OVH in third (4.4%). The market share changes as we analyse the top million or top ten thousand sites with GoDaddy’s dominance falling to 2nd place and then 9th respectively. We can conclude from this that whilst the hosting giant has a dominant slice of the pie, its sites have less of the action. This is underlined by the fact that GoDaddy has 21% of the market share when you look at the Internet as a whole.

3. The Top Ten Companies Host Almost One in Four of the World’s Websites

The top 10 hosting companies control 24% of the web hosting market.

Speed of Web Hosting Services Costing Economy

With speed being a major factor on productivity as well as SERP ratings, the speed of your hosted site is big business.

4. Half a Billion Dollars Lost Each Year to Slow Websites

It is estimated that slow loading websites cost the US economy more than $500 million each year with a single second delay reducing conversion rates by as much as 7%.

5. Internet Users Will Abandon a Slow Website

If your site takes longer than 3 seconds to load, two out of five users will abandon the process; in fact, half of all Americans cite a slow loading time as the number one reason for ditching a site. On a mobile, sites that take over ten seconds to load will also be abandoned but, far more worryingly, three out of five users won’t return to the site.

6. Boost Conversion Rates with Faster Load Times

Improving your site’s loading time can significantly boost conversion rates. Research using real data from 33 major online retails showed that increasing the loading time from 8 seconds to 2 seconds resulted in a boost to the conversion rate of 74%.

The Geography of the Internet

7. The World Wide Web is Asia Orientated

Almost half of all internet users are from Asia with China representing the single largest group, 640 million.

8. Bermuda… More than just Shorts and a Triangle.

Bermuda has the highest proportion of its population online than any other country, with 97.75% of people using the internet.

9. India… Large Numbers of Users but Low Penetration

Conversely, India has the second highest number of internet users by country (462 million) but, with a population of 1.3 billion has only a 34.4% penetration. Interestingly, 70% of connected users have a Facebook account.

10. Biggest Growth in Bangladesh, Nigeria and Vietnam

In the 12-month period up to 31 March 2017, Bangladesh experienced a 66,850% growth in the number of users online, Nigeria was in second place with a 46,695% increase followed by Vietnam with 24,771%.

Domain Names: A Growing Realm

11. Over a Billion Websites Registered Worldwide

In 2017, there are now over a billion active websites registered; this despite the fact that active registrations seemed to peak in 2014 with numbers falling.

12. Ever-extending Domains

From the humble beginnings of the internet when domain names could have one of just nine extensions (.com, co.uk, .us, .gov, .edu, .org, .net, .co.il, .co.us, .mil), you can now register a domain using one of almost 1000 extensions. Domains from .recipes to .singles illustrate just how saturated the domain name industry is for niche sites.

Internet Traffic

13. Global Internet Traffic to Reach 1 Zettabytes

The volume of internet traffic is hovering at around 1 Zettabyte which is the equivalent of one sextillion bytes (1000000000000000000000 bytes). Put another way, if a byte was a piece of toast, there would be enough slices to reach the moon and back one hundred forty-three billion eighty million one hundred twenty-four thousand eight hundred ninety-three times.

14. Less Than Half of All Traffic on the Internet is Human

Yes, a staggering 56% of web-based activity is actually generated from an automated source. From hacking tools to scrapers and spammers, impersonators and bots, the internet is awash with robots.

15. The Speed of the Internet Still Accelerating

In what feels like exponential growth in the speed of access, the average connection speed of internet users has risen from around 2Mbps in 2011 to almost 6.5 Mbps. That’s an increase of 200%.

Changing Shape of Access

16. Mobile Usage Represents Over Half of All Internet Traffic

In November 2016, mobile internet access exceeded traditional desktop usage and now represents 51.6% of traffic online.

17. Mobile Use is Highest in the UAE, Saudi and Singapore

91% of people in the United Arab Emirates access the internet on their phone followed by Singapore at 88% and Saudi Arabia at 86%. In the US, this figure sinks to 57%.

18. Google Chrome Still King

Google Chrome still represents the lion’s share of the browsing market with over 75.7% dominance. Second place goes to Firefox with 13.6% of the market then IE (4.6%), Safari (3.7%) and Opera (1.1%).

What About the Future?

19. Volume of Internet to exceed 2 zettabytes by 2020

It is estimated that the volume of the internet will be 95 times bigger in 2020 than it was in 2005.

20. Number of Internet Users to Grow

By the end of 2018, it is expected that over half of the world’s population will be online or 3.82 billion users.

21. Mobile Devices to Continue Their Rise

By 2020, it is expected that 68% of internet traffic will be conducted through a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device.