October 2008 Web Server Survey

In the October 2008 survey we received responses from 182,226,259 sites, which reflects growth of 948 thousand since last month.

Apache once again shows the largest growth, gaining 463 thousand sites this month. ThePlanet.com gains 1.3 million sites this month — nearly all of which are running on Apache — but this includes a large number of 'link farm' sites that use .pl domains to propagate search terms using pornographic phrases.

Google shows the next largest growth and boosts its total by 411 thousand sites. Google now runs 10.5 million sites on its own webserver software, which is used to host its own services in addition to user-generated applications and blogs. Some server names include:

  • GFE/1.3, which is used by Google's Blogger service to publish third party blogs under the blogspot.com domain, and spreadsheets and other documents under docs.google.com.
  • GWS-GRFE/0.50, which runs Google Groups.
  • gws. This simple, lowercase name is used by Google's main search site at google.com and Google Image Search.
  • Google Frontend, which is used to run third party applications on Google App Engine (often using the appspot.com domain) and Google Mashups.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - October 2008

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - October 2008

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

Top Developers
DeveloperSeptember 2008PercentOctober 2008PercentChange
Apache91,425,29550.43%91,888,50850.43%-0.01
Microsoft62,374,82334.41%62,766,92834.44%0.04
Google10,076,4055.56%10,487,6075.76%0.20
lighttpd3,095,9281.71%3,072,4571.69%-0.02
DeveloperSeptember 2008PercentOctober 2008PercentChange
Apache33,719,36946.75%33,310,24246.26%-0.49
Microsoft25,155,27334.88%25,594,70435.55%0.67
Google7,714,61710.70%7,645,61510.62%-0.08
lighttpd144,4990.20%134,1610.19%-0.01
Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - October 2008


A more detailed list of servers is given here.