Three Hosters Share Most Reliable Hoster in August

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
August 1st - 31st 2006

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The world's largest web host is also is the best performer this month, as 1&1 Internet ties with Rackspace and New York Internet as the most reliable relable hosting company site for August 2006. The home pages for all three providers were perfect for the month, with no downtime and no failed requests.

This month's leaderboard provides an interesting contrast, demonstrating that hosting customers can find good network connectivity at either end of the hosting spectrum. 1&1 is one of the cheapest providers, offering shared hosting accounts starting at $2.99 per month, while New York Internet and Rackspace are managed hosting specialists that provide custom pricing.

Rackspace has been the most reliable host four times this year, while NYI has topped the list or tied for first on three occasions. 1&1, which hosts more than 3 million active sites, previously led the rankings in May 2005.

Seven of the 10 most reliable hosters run their sites on Linux, while two use FreeBSD, and one Windows Server 2003.

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September 2006 Web Server Survey

In the September 2006 survey we received responses from 96,854,877 sites, an increase of 4.2 million (4.3%) from last month's survey. This continues the accelerated pace of Internet growth in recent months, as the survey has gained 15.5 million sites since June.

Growth is being driven by two trends: the popularity of blogging services, and the heated battle between Microsoft and Google for new users for their web platforms. Huge growth continues at Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft's free blogging/networking service, which added 1.3 million hostnames last month. Google had a gain of 459K hostnames, primarily at Blogger, its free blogging service.

Significantly, the free hosting offerings appear to be attracting new users. In the first five months of the year, the Internet added an average of 2.75 million new hostnames per month. Since June, that average has more than doubled, to 5.4 million sites per month. The number of new sites created will always exceed the net monthly gain, as some sites are discontinued or see their domain names expire.

The recent gains at free services have begun to outstrip growth at paid web hosting providers. It may seem unfair to compare free and paid hosting, and the markets attract different kinds of users. Nonetheless, the success of these services in recent months represents a growing challenge to traditional hosts, especially as they gain usage among small businesses, typically a key target market for paid hosting.

The large growth at Microsoft continues to influence the market share for web server software. Microsoft gains 1.1% share this month, while Apache declines by 0.9%.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - September 2006

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - September 2006

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - September 2006

Top Developers
DeveloperAugust 2006PercentSeptember 2006PercentChange
Apache5790681762.525969987261.64-0.88
Microsoft2790543930.133027224931.261.13
Zeus5216190.565156700.53-0.03
Sun3448620.373458340.36-0.01

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Who can block the largest number of phishing sites in September?

By the 1st September, Netcraft has received, reviewed and blocked more than 150,000 unique URLs reported to us as phishing sites.

In recent reviews Ziff-Davis comments "In testing on live phishing sites, IE 7 RC1 failed to identify as many phishing sites as Netcraft's free IE toolbar. " while the Washington Post remarked "I've visited countless phishing sites in the past few months, and Netcraft's toolbar has done its job almost unfailingly."

To show our appreciation, Netcraft will send a top of the range iPod [or item of equivalent value for anyone who has already received a "Thanks for all the Phish" commemorative iPod from Netcraft] to the five people who have the largest number of phishing reports accepted during September.

To track the progress, we have created a leaderboard displaying the people with the largest number of accepted reports so far in September, identified by their first names to preserve their anonymity.

The Netcraft Toolbar, which is available for both Internet Explorer and Firefox, serves as a giant neighborhood watch scheme for the Internet: members who encounter a phishing fraud can act to defend the larger community of users against the attack. Once the first recipients of a phishing mail have reported the target URL, it is blocked for toolbar users who subsequently access the URL and widely disseminated attacks simply mean that the phishing attack will be reported and blocked sooner.

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Thousands of Spanish Web Sites Knocked Offline by Software Error

A botched software update at Spain's central domain registry knocked as many as 400,000 sites offline for several hours Tuesday, according to the Esnic registry. The error left Internet users unable to access domains using .es, the country code top-level domain for Spain. The outage lasted from 3 pm to 5 pm Tuesday afternoon (local time) when the DNS database that connects domain names to IP addresses was "affected by an error" during a software update, according to an advisory posted at Esnic, which manages the .es database.

The outage can be clearly seen in our performance chart for Arsys, the largest hosting company in Spain, which uses Arsys.es as its primary domain. Arsys hosts more than 600,000 hostnames, although only some of those use .es for their domain. Other top-level domains were not affected.

Arsys web site performance

Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides detailed uptime charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.

Weather.com Hit By Outages as Ernesto Approaches

Weather.com, the web site for The Weather Channel, has experienced outages and sluggish performance this evening amid heavy traffic from web surfers seeking the latest information on Tropical Storm Ernesto. Ernesto is approaching the Florida coast and is expected to make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday as a strong tropical storm. It will be the ninth hurricane or tropical storm in the past three years to strike Florida, where thousands of homeowners are still repairing homes damaged by previous storms.

The National Hurricane Center web site, which provides the latest advisories on the strength and projected path of major storms, has remained available throughout the storm's approach. The NHC has beefed up its infrastructure in recent years, and uses the Akamai network to help manage its web traffic.

Weather.com web site performance

Dynamically updating charts of the performance of the Weather.com and the National Hurricane Center web sites are available.

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BAA Website Slowed As Travelers Seek Heathrow Updates

The web site of the British Airports Authority (BAA) has been deluged by heavy traffic as travelers seek news about the status of flights at London's Heathrow Airport and other UK airports in the wake of this morning's terror alert. The baa.co.uk site experienced several outages this morning, and promptly converted to an all-text format, providing only the most essential information. The change has improved the availability of the site.

The BAA also switched the sites for Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports to an all-text format. Eliminating graphics on web pages improves availability during periods of heavy site traffic, as smaller HTML files reduce the load on busy web servers.

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A dynamically updating chart of the web site performance of the BAA web site is available.

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