December 2006 Web Server Survey

In the December 2006 survey we received responses from 105,244,649 sites, an increase of 3.8 million hostnames from last month, when the survey topped 100 million sites for the first time. The increase brings the Web's total growth for 2006 to 30.9 million sites, shattering the previous one-year record gain of 17.5 million sites from 2005.

In percentage terms, the Web grew by 41.5 percent this year. That's a significant gain, but still trails the record performance from 2000, when the explosive growth of the dot-com boom took the survey from 10 million to nearly 26 million sites, a one-year increase of 160 percent.

There was a split in this month's trends for web server market share, as Apache gained ground in hostnames (+0.32 percent top 50.6 percent share) while losing share in active sites, slipping 0.84 percent to fall below 60 percent share. Apache still holds a commanding lead in both metrics.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - December 2006

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - December 2006

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

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Tiscali Most Reliable Hoster in November

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
November 1st - 30th 2006


Tiscali is the most reliable hosting company for November 2006, followed closely by Datapipe, Rackspace, New York Internet and Webfusion.

Tiscali, a European provider of hosting and Internet access services, is having a strong year, as this is the third time it has led the survey in 2006. Tiscali is based in Cagliari, Italy, with operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. The company offers shared hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and domain names in addition to a wide range of telecom services.

Four of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, while three use FreeBSD and three are powered by Windows.

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