|Top Hosting Providers By Growth in Hostnames, Sept 03 to October 03|
|Hoster Parent||Sep 03||Oct 03||Growth||% Growth||Primary
|1&1 Internet AG||3,293,408||3,443,442||150,034||4.6%||Europe|
|IP Exchange GmbH||57,242||128,835||71,593||125.1%||Europe|
The massive 1&1 Internet AG continues to gain the largest number of hostnames (+151K), followed by GoDaddy (+93.5K), which launched a new shared hosting service in August, IP Exchange GmBH (+71.6K) and EV1Servers.Net (50.6K).
German provider IP Exchange GmBH had the largest percentage growth, growing by over 125% in this period, mainly through new sites. ThePlanet once again shows the largest percentage growth of US hosters, growing by 33.6% to 96.2K hostnames. In terms of taking sites from direct competitors, ThePlanet (gaining 6.7K hostnames from near competitors) and EV1Servers.net (gaining 5.1K) appeared the most successful.
The dataset also allows examination of movement of sites by country. For example, the dataset shows 1&1 Internet gaining 1400 hostnames in the US in the days following the announcement of their US launch. With the entrance of European hosters into the American market this will provide detailed information on the success of these operations in attracting US customers.