February 2010 Web Server Survey

In the February 2010 survey we received responses from 207,316,960 sites.

The biggest change of the month belongs to Apache with a 1.6M increase in hostnames. It was closely followed by Microsoft which saw a growth of 1.1M.

After a year long consistent rise nginx is experiencing a loss for a second month in a row as inactive weblogs on WordPress and 163.com are expired out of the survey. This month nginx had a decrease of 1.5M hostnames, which brings its total down to the number of hostnames it had in October.

China Internet Network Information Center has recently announced a change in the .cn domain name registration regulations. Since December 14th individuals can no longer register .cn domains and a paper application has to be submitted to register one along with photocopies of the company business license and registrant ID. While this has reduced the frequency of .cn domains in spam, it does not seem to have affected the growth of the domain. Netcraft has discovered 49k new hostnames in .cn this month, compared to 37k in December, 59k in November and 39k in October.

Total Sites Across All Domains
August 1995 - February 2010

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - February 2010


Market Share for Top Servers Across All Domains
August 1995 - February 2010

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - February 2010


DeveloperJanuary 2010PercentFebruary 2010PercentChange
Apache111,307,94153.84%112,903,92654.46%0.62
Microsoft49,792,84424.08%50,928,22624.57%0.48
Google14,550,0117.04%14,315,4646.91%-0.13
nginx15,568,2247.53%13,978,7196.74%-0.79
lighttpd955,1460.46%1,097,6850.53%0.07
Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - February 2010


DeveloperJanuary 2010PercentFebruary 2010PercentChange
Apache43,667,68252.32%44,293,16952.83%0.51
Microsoft14,738,62817.66%14,959,24917.84%0.18
Google10,761,26512.89%11,475,62913.69%0.79
nginx9,632,64211.54%8,412,14810.03%-1.51
lighttpd288,3680.35%290,5030.35%0.00

For more information on active servers, see Active Sites

Market Share for Top Servers Across the Million Busiest Sites
September 2008 - February 2010


DeveloperJanuary 2010PercentFebruary 2010PercentChange
Apache665,59366.98%665,27866.94%-0.04
Microsoft172,98317.41%171,56317.26%-0.15
nginx42,1054.24%43,6844.40%0.16
Google20,5752.07%20,8432.10%0.03