The web development industry has been the one of the fastest growing industries. In 1995, there were only 1000 web development companies in the United States. However, by 2005, the numbers expanded to 30,000. This is due to the pushing of large businesses to sell services and products and to automate business workflow along with the growth of small web development companies.
Further, the cost of developing a web site has dropped significantly. Before, it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to develop a web site, now you can create a simple web site with just less than a thousand.