October 2010 Web Server Survey

In the October 2010 survey we received responses from 232,839,963 sites.

Again this month Apache increased its market share by approximately 1 percentage point, gaining 5.5M hostnames, while Microsoft and Google lost 1.3M and 400k hostnames respectively. Microsoft's losses in Active Sites were much smaller, at just over 100k, while Google lost 150k.

While the other servers' gains were down this month, nginx saw a 1.4M increase in hostnames, bringing its market share up by nearly 0.5 percentage points. Notable growth includes a 400k increase in Moldova and a 700k increase in the US, which includes a 150k jump at BurstNet, a 200k jump at Hurricane Electric and an increase of nearly 400k at ServePath, LLC. If current trends continue nginx will overtake Google for number of hostnames by next month, however it trails Google in Active Sites by over 4M. nginx has not had a higher number of hostnames than Google since the heavy losses it sustained in February when a large number of stale blogs at wordpress.com and 163.com were expired from the survey.

lighttpd lost nearly 500k hostnames, a drop of almost 25%. This was largely due to losses at iWeb Technologies (300k) and in the Bahamas (200k).

Total Sites Across All Domains
August 1995 - October 2010

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - October 2010


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

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


DeveloperSeptember 2010PercentOctober 2010PercentChange
Apache129,782,94857.12%135,209,16258.07%0.95
Microsoft54,787,16724.11%53,525,84122.99%-1.12
Google15,312,7516.74%14,971,0286.43%-0.31
nginx12,779,5505.62%14,130,9076.07%0.44
lighttpd1,818,0320.80%1,380,1600.59%-0.21

Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains
June 2000 - October 2010


DeveloperSeptember 2010PercentOctober 2010PercentChange
Apache52,133,54156.09%53,651,19056.74%0.65
Microsoft16,231,88717.46%16,118,21817.05%-0.42
Google12,143,96113.06%11,978,68012.67%-0.40
nginx7,168,8737.71%7,364,6497.79%0.08
lighttpd460,9430.50%496,5400.53%0.03

For more information on active servers, see Active Sites

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


DeveloperSeptember 2010PercentOctober 2010PercentChange
Apache662,00666.66%661,76266.62%-0.04
Microsoft166,57716.77%166,37016.75%-0.02
nginx54,5605.49%55,7245.61%0.12
Google19,1281.93%19,0311.92%-0.01