Note that these figures are based on the one million most visited web sites (e.g. 0.27% of the total web sites according to figures of December 2011), according to Alexa.com, and language is identified using only the home page of the sites in most cases. As a consequence, the figures show a significantly higher percentage for many languages (especially for English) as compared to the figures for all websites. The figures for all websites are unknown, but some sources estimate below 50% for English – see for instance Towards a multilingual cyberspace.
The number of non-English pages is rapidly expanding. The use of English online increased by around 281% from 2001 to 2011, a lower rate of growth than that of Spanish (743%), Chinese (1,277%), Russian (1,826%) or Arabic (2,501%) over the same period.
Large international organizations, both commercial and non-profit, see the need to reach out to multiple language groups. Microsoft and Google have content in between 40 and 80 languages at their various web sites. Wikipedia is available in 287 languages. The official web site of Jehovah’s Witnesses provides content in near 700 languages. The official website of the Global Recordings Network is available in 15 languages, but provides sample audio recordings in over 6000 languages or dialects.