Thursday, August 18, 2011


Interesting Internet Statistics

Have you ever wondered how much data is out there on websites?  According to one source it was nearly 1/2 trillion gigabytes of info in 2005, and grew to over 1 trillion gigabytes in 2010.  Growth is projected to increase exponentially to over 8 trillion gigabytes in 2015.

One of the biggest users of internet bandwidth is Email!  90 trillion emails were sent in 2009.  The number grew to 107 trillion emails in 2010!  Even with the increasing popularity of texting, email use continues to grow.
Here at WORD Web Design we use Apache for hosting domains - so does 62% of the internet, with 203,609,890 domains currently hosted on Apache.

Browser Use:
  • Internet Explorer - 46.9%
  • Firefox - 30.8%
  • Chrome - 14.9%
  • Safari and Others - 7.4%
Which is best?  It depends on the content viewed, but in most studies Chrome came out on top for speed and also did quite well for security.  The downside?  Chrome will not run some types of code (will not display some pages correctly), and especially struggles with online PDF forms, not allowing the forms to be sent from your desktop.

Over 50% of 'large' websites use Google Analytics.  However, a side note on this particular stat, we do not recommend using Google Analytics.  It will slow down the entry speed to your website, and sometimes completely stop pages from loading (if the page won't load quickly, customers will go elsewhere).  We provide free detailed web stats with all the sites we host, and it runs off the log files so load speeds are not affected in any way.

We all know video uses the most bandwidth, but how much?  Well, YouTube uses 11.93% of all bandwidth, but in the USA alone, Netflix accounts for 29.7% of peak downstream traffic.

What's the fastest internet connection speed?  Experimental fiber networks are reportedly capable of delivering 1 gigabit connection speeds.  Fast enough to download an hour long video in 15 seconds!  But even at that speed, it would take 10000000000000 years to download all the information in just one human!!  And, that's assuming each atom in the human body can be transmitted in one bit.  The Star Trek teleportation machine is probably still a ways off in the future!

*Many of the above stats were taken from a study done on less than 17,000 websites.  That is a fairly small control number, so the stats have to be taken with a grain of salt, but they're still quite interesting.  The information was compiled by Broadband Choices in the UK, who got their information from several sources.

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