August 2009 Web Server Survey

In the August 2009 survey we received responses from 225,950,957 hostnames — 13.7M less than in July.

Much of the drop this month is due to the expiry of a large number of sites at The Planet, including 5 million sites in the .pl top-level domain all on one IP address, which were believed to be part of a linkfarm.

Lighttpd Sites

Lighttpd had a significant gain this month, rising to over two million sites, just under 1% of the survey. Lighttpd is a webserver designed for high performance environments. It has a small memory footprint, a large feature set and is licensed under a revised BSD license. Originally written by Jan Kneschke, Lighttpd is now maintained by a small team of developers, and now hosts a large number of popular and high traffic sites, including mininova.org and the controversial Pirate Bay.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - August 2009

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - August 2009

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

Top Developers
DeveloperJuly 2009PercentAugust 2009PercentChange
Apache113,019,86847.17%104,611,55546.30%-0.87
Microsoft55,918,25423.34%49,579,50721.94%-1.39
qq.com30,447,36912.71%30,278,98813.40%0.69
Google14,226,9045.94%14,213,9766.29%0.35
nginx10,174,5734.25%11,502,1095.09%0.84
lighttpd1,326,2400.55%2,025,5210.90%0.34
DeveloperJuly 2009PercentAugust 2009PercentChange
Apache39,371,31851.12%40,079,53954.32%3.19
Microsoft18,476,48723.99%14,793,61420.05%-3.94
Google10,862,21614.10%10,718,97214.53%0.42
nginx3,496,1534.54%3,851,5695.22%0.68
lighttpd235,7180.31%249,7290.34%0.03
Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - August 2009

Market Share for Top Servers Across the Million Busiest Sites
DeveloperJuly 2009PercentAugust 2009PercentChange
Apache663,25366.82%664,29566.90%0.09
Microsoft181,18818.25%180,16018.14%-0.11
nginx34,0983.43%35,4793.57%0.14
Google19,0921.92%19,8752.00%0.08