Some Interesting Facts About Domain Names and Web Hosting

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The first .com domain name on the internet is the first officially registered .com domain. It is registered by Symbolics Computer Corporation on March 15, 1985. The domain name is owned by a small investor group in Irvine, CA now. The website is still active and shows the history and milestones of the web.

.com is the most popular domain name extension

There are 342 million registered domain names as at the third quarter of 2018. The number of registration is growing by 3.5% year over year. There are 1,508 domain name extensions (TLDs) as at December 2018. About 44% of domain names are using .com, making it the most used domain name extension.

Google was originally called Googol

When Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, started the company, they would like to name their company “Googol”. It is a mathematical term meaning “10100”. It looked like a great fit to what they were trying to do: index an unfathomable number of Internet web pages. But when their officemate, Sean searched the availability of the domain name, he misspelled it as “Google”. Page liked this name better, and Google Inc. was born.

The first website on the internet

The world’s first website was published on August 6, 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee. It was originally hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. In the beginning, only a decidedly small audience of fellow CERN researchers had web browser software to access to World Wide Web. It wasn’t until 1993, when web browser Mosaic was released, that the Web took off. As at December 2018, there are approximately 1.94 billion websites in the world.

WordPress is the most popular CMS

WordPress powers over 33% of the top 10 million sites on the web as at March 2019. It controls nearly 60% of the CMS market. Joomla and Drupal follow behind WordPress with approximately 5.2% and 3.4% percent of the CMS market share respectively. WordPress is open source and free. It has a large user community and offers an enormous selection of themes, plugins, and widgets. It is easy to use and highly customizable. That’s why large enterprise businesses all the way down to small local businesses choose WordPress to power their websites.

51.8% of all Internet traffic comes from bots

A bot is a program or a script that runs automated tasks over the Internet. 51.8% of all Internet traffic comes from bots, while only 48.2 percent of internet traffic comes from humans. Not all bots are bad. 22.9% of bots are good ones that may be used for productive tasks, including web crawling, website monitoring, the content retrieving, data aggregation and so on. However, more than half of the bots have malicious intents, such as stealing valuable data, content/price scraping, posting spam comments and phishing links, distorting web analytics and damaging SEO, contributing to DDoS attacks etc. To find out if bots are messing with your website, you can look in the analytics for uneven traffic, abnormally low time spent on a page, the bounce rates, the origin of the traffic, and unknown referrals.