July 2012 Web Server Survey

In the July 2012 survey we received responses from 665,916,461 sites, a decrease of 31M since last month.

This drop comes as a result of the loss of a large number of wildcard hostnames with similar content at AmeriNOC (-30M), Axoft Group (-10M), and Tailor Made Servers (-8M). All of these sites were running Apache, resulting in a decrease of 39M hostnames running on Apache and dropping its market share slightly to 61%. All other web server vendors gained hostnames this month, with the biggest increase being 1.5M hostnames running on Microsoft IIS. This was followed by nginx and lighttpd with increases of 950k and 800k hostnames respectively.

Within Netcraft’s million busiest websites, nginx experienced a jump in market share this month to 12.5% after an increase of 22k sites. Nginx also saw the biggest switch of hostnames, with about.com changing around 600 top-million hostnames from Apache, the most popular of these being pcsupport.about.com. Nginx now stands nearly 1 percentage point of market share behind Microsoft. Apache and Microsoft both saw losses within the top million, of 32k and 10k respectively.

Total Sites Across All Domains
August 1995 - July 2012

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - July 2012


Market Share for Top Servers Across All Domains
August 1995 - July 2012

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - July 2012


Developer June 2012 Percent July 2012 Percent Change
Apache 448,452,703 64.33% 409,185,675 61.45% -2.89
Microsoft 95,891,537 13.76% 97,385,377 14.62% 0.87
nginx 72,881,755 10.46% 73,833,173 11.09% 0.63
Google 22,464,345 3.22% 22,931,169 3.44% 0.22

Totals for Active Sites Across All Domains
June 2000 - July 2012


Developer June 2012 Percent July 2012 Percent Change
Apache 107,485,139 55.73% 106,678,260 55.46% -0.27
Microsoft 23,464,661 12.17% 22,848,388 11.88% -0.29
nginx 23,114,450 11.98% 22,029,549 11.45% -0.53
Google 16,473,290 8.54% 16,485,315 8.57% 0.03

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Market Share for Top Servers Across the Million Busiest Sites
September 2008 - July 2012


Developer June 2012 Percent July 2012 Percent Change
Apache 614,721 61.75% 582,721 58.50% -3.25
Microsoft 147,054 14.77% 137,412 13.79% -0.98
nginx 102,449 10.29% 124,427 12.49% 2.20
Google 28,498 2.86% 33,822 3.40% 0.53