1&1 Internet has become the first hosting company with more than 5 million web-facing hostnames, while Go Daddy has surged past the 4 million mark in a month of milestones in our Hosting Provider Switching Analysis. Other hosts hitting major benchmarks this month included Yahoo and EV1Servers each surpassing 1 million hostnames.
1&1 Internet has been the largest host since the inception of our switching analysis in 2002, but Go Daddy is making up ground quickly, having added a million hostnames since January of this year. By comparison, 1&1 passed 4 million sites in July 2004, taking 11 months to add its next million hostnames.
That said, the two companies' operations differ significantly, with 1&1 having a very large based hosting operation with a broad mix of dedicated, shared and domain registration, while Go Daddy's primary marketing plan could be characterized as selling as many domains as it can, and then upsell shared hosting or dedicated servers to its domain customers.
Elsewhere, one large move was that of the domain parking service RentalQueue which moved from The Planet to Sago Networks, shifting 220,000 hostnames to the new provider. RentalQueue places pay-per-click advertising on parked domains, splitting the revenue with domain owners. Hosting switches by domain parking services routinely shift huge numbers of hostnames between providers.
Netcraft's Hosting Provider Switching Analysis identifies movements of sites from one hosting provider to another on a monthly basis. Netcraft compares the hosting location of each site found by the Web Server Survey as indicated by the DNS with the equivalent information for the same site in the previous month. Analyzing this information presents a unique bird’s eye view of the hosting industry, identifying winners who are able to take sites from other hosting companies, and persuade people developing new sites to host those sites with them.