March 2008 Web Server Survey

In the March 2008 survey, we received responses from 162,662,052 sites. Growth has continued to rise over the past few months, with this month seeing a gain of four and a half million new sites.

The largest changes this month are once again seen amongst the blogging and social network providers. Google increases its developer share by gaining 842 thousand hostnames; most of which are used for blogspot.com blogs. Although MySpace gained nearly 200 thousand hostnames this month, the total number of active sites fell noticeably after many more users marked their profiles as private.

Apple has recently started hosting sites created with their own iWeb program. iWeb is a template-based web page creation tool, and the latest version is included with Apple's iLife package. The majority — more than 24 thousand — of these iWeb sites are being served from a single IP address, using the new AppleDotMacServer-1B5626 web server.

While Google is the largest developer to gain share this month, the LiteSpeed web server continues to show very rapid growth on the internet — growing by more than a quarter this month — and is now serving 605 thousand websites around the world.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - March 2008

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - March 2008

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - March 2008

Top Developers
DeveloperFebruary 2008PercentMarch 2008PercentChange
Apache80,580,18350.93%82,454,41550.69%-0.24
Microsoft56,265,52735.56%57,698,50335.47%-0.09
Google8,169,9305.16%9,012,0045.54%0.38
lighttpd1,565,5360.99%1,552,6500.95%-0.04
Sun547,5100.35%546,5810.34%-0.01
DeveloperFebruary 2008PercentMarch 2008PercentChange
Apache32,666,67048.73%33,011,74049.38%0.65
Microsoft24,099,34735.95%23,533,80135.20%-0.75
Google5,686,9798.48%5,571,3118.33%-0.15
Sun180,3920.27%172,2180.26%-0.01
lighttpd103,4040.15%77,4830.12%-0.04
Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - March 2008


A more detailed list of servers is given here.