March 2010 Web Server Survey

In the March 2010 survey we received responses from 206,675,938 sites.

This represents a slight fall in the number of hostnames seen since last month and consequently most of the major web servers experienced small losses in hostnames relative to the February 2010 survey: only lighttpd and Google gained hostnames, with increases of 560k and 275k respectively. The overall gain for lighttpd originates from 785k parked hostnames at SAVVIS in Australia, catapulting the proportion of hostnames using lighttpd in the country from 2.29% in February to 37.80% this month.

For the third month in a row nginx lost sites, recording 1.3M fewer hostnames in March than in February. This is again due to losses from Wordpress as stale blogs continue to be expired from the survey. nginx also lost in terms of active sites (down 1.2M since last month) while the other major web servers saw minor gains in this metric.

Total Sites Across All Domains
August 1995 - March 2010

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - March 2010


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

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


DeveloperFebruary 2010PercentMarch 2010PercentChange
Apache112,903,92654.46%112,747,16654.55%0.09
Microsoft50,928,22624.57%50,572,54024.47%-0.10
Google14,315,4646.91%14,592,1337.06%0.16
nginx13,978,7196.74%12,673,9626.13%-0.61
lighttpd1,097,6850.53%1,657,5840.80%0.27
Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - March 2010


DeveloperFebruary 2010PercentMarch 2010PercentChange
Apache44,293,16952.83%45,127,65453.73%0.90
Microsoft14,959,24917.84%15,065,20617.94%0.09
Google11,475,62913.69%11,807,46614.06%0.37
nginx8,412,14810.03%7,206,1078.58%-1.45
lighttpd290,5030.35%292,2000.35%0.00

For more information on active servers, see Active Sites

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


DeveloperFebruary 2010PercentMarch 2010PercentChange
Apache665,27866.94%666,00367.00%0.06
Microsoft171,56317.26%170,02317.10%-0.16
nginx43,6844.40%44,4894.48%0.08
Google20,8432.10%20,5442.07%-0.03