February 2009 Web Server Survey

In the February 2009 survey we received responses from 215,675,903 sites. This reflects a phenomenal monthly gain of more than 30 million sites, bringing the total up by more than 16%.

This majority of this month's growth is down to the appearance of 20 million Chinese sites served by QZHTTP. This web server is used by QQ to serve millions of Qzone sites beneath the qq.com domain.

QQ is already well known for providing the most widely used instant messenger client in China, but this month's inclusion of the Qzone blogging service instantly makes the company the largest blog site provider in the survey, surpassing the likes of Windows Live Spaces, Blogger and MySpace.

QQ's growth should not overshadow this month's other significant event: Apache has gained 7.8 million sites, making it the first vendor to be used by more than 100 million websites.

Microsoft-IIS gained 1.9 million sites, much of which came from Microsoft's own Windows Live Spaces service.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - February 2009

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - February 2009

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - February 2009

Top Developers
DeveloperJanuary 2009PercentFebruary 2009PercentChange
Apache96,947,29852.26%104,796,82048.59%-3.67
Microsoft61,038,37132.91%62,935,44929.18%-3.72
qq.com30.00%20,021,7639.28%9.28
Google9,868,8195.32%8,157,5463.78%-1.54
nginx3,462,5511.87%3,447,5961.60%-0.27
DeveloperJanuary 2009PercentFebruary 2009PercentChange
Apache36,062,91550.33%36,600,51249.41%-0.93
Microsoft22,645,04931.61%25,191,37034.00%2.40
Google7,302,57810.19%6,216,4178.39%-1.80
nginx2,040,4132.85%2,185,1182.95%0.10
qq.com30.00%63,7230.09%0.09
Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - February 2009


A more detailed list of servers is given here.