December 2007 Web Server Survey

In the December 2007 survey we received responses from 155,230,051 sites. This is an increase of 5.4 million sites since last month, continuing the very strong growth seen during this year; the web has grown by nearly 50 million sites since December 2006.

This once again breaks the record for growth of the web in one year; the previous highest growth was 30 million sites in 2006. The growth is also impressive in percentage terms, with the web growing by 48% since last December — although this remains far less than the runaway growth of 160% seen back in 2000.

While there continues to be strong growth in the traditional hosting, the most dramatic growth this year has been the inclusion of ever larger numbers of sites at blogging service providers. The three largest alone — MySpace, Live Spaces and Blogger — now account for around 25 million sites in the survey. Both Microsoft and Google are attracting large numbers of users by integrating a range of services — search, online collaboration, blogging and electronic mail.

The growth in the number of active sites — an alternative measure that excludes parked domains and other templated sites — has also been impressive, with nearly 19 million new active sites since last December, for annual growth of 38%.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - December 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - December 2007

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - December 2007

Top Developers
DeveloperNovember 2007PercentDecember 2007PercentChange
Apache76,028,28750.76%76,945,64049.57%-1.19
Microsoft53,679,91635.84%55,509,22335.76%-0.08
Google7,910,8795.28%8,558,2565.51%0.23
lighttpd1,505,1221.00%1,521,2500.98%-0.02
Sun619,2620.41%588,9970.38%-0.03

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Hurricane Electric is the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in November 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
November 1st - 30th 2007

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Hurricane Electric is the most reliable hosting company site for November 2007, closely followed by Seeweb, 3FN, Canada Web Hosting and Rackspace.

Hurricane Electric is November's most reliable hosting company and specializes in colocation, dedicated servers, direct internet connections and web hosting on its own network, which uses multiple OC192s, OC48s and gigabit ethernet.

Seeweb is an Italian company, which offers both shared and dedicated hosting and has moved up from third place last month. 3FN makes a third place appearance, also offering dedicated servers and shared hosting, while Canada Web Hosting takes forth place, offering managed hosting solutions on both Linux and Windows. Rackspace makes its fifth appearance within the top ten this year, with its best performance being seen in the consecutive months of April and May, where it took first place.

November is the first month this year where DataPipe has been absent from the top ten. Datapipe was the most reliable hosting company last month, but in November saw a request failure rate of 0.25%.

Four of November's top ten hosters run Linux, including Hurricane Electric, while three run FreeBSD. Two of the hosters run Windows Server 2003, while www.green.ch uses the F5 BIG-IP device.

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November 2007 Web Server Survey

In the November 2007 survey we received responses from 149,784,002 sites. This is an increase of increase of 7.0M sites since last month, and represents growth of over 40 million sites since the start of the year.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - November 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - November 2007

Much of the growth in sites this year has come from the increasing number of blogging sites, in particular at Live Spaces, Blogger and MySpace. Instead this month, the growth mainly comes from traditional hosting providers, with large numbers of new domains at GI Partners and InterServer.

This reverses the trend in web server market share seen in recent months. Apache has seen its share seriously eroded by the blog providers (MySpace and Live Spaces use rival Microsoft IIS) during this year, but this month its share increases by 1%, taking it back to over 50% market share.

The number of active sites (which excludes parked and other templated sites) increases by a more modest 0.7 million this month. Apache also regains some ground here, rising to 47% market share and moving back to around a 10% lead over IIS.

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - November 2007

Top Developers
DeveloperOctober 2007PercentNovember 2007PercentChange
Apache68,155,32047.73%76,028,28750.76%3.03
Microsoft53,017,73537.13%53,679,91635.84%-1.29
Google7,763,5165.44%7,910,8795.28%-0.15
lighttpd1,541,7791.08%1,505,1221.00%-0.07
Sun2,262,0191.58%619,2620.41%-1.17

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DataPipe and Rackspace are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in October 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
October 1st - 31st 2007

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DataPipe and Rackspace are the most reliable hosting company sites for October 2007, followed closely by Seeweb.

DataPipe is October's most reliable hosting company, adding to its earlier achievements of a first place back in March and second place in both June and July. More notably, DataPipe is the only hosting company to have made it into the top ten every month so far this year. October also saw DataPipe being presented with the Job Creation Award for Excellence by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association for contributing to the state's economic growth by creating new jobs.

Rackspace specialises in managed hosting and is well known for its promise of Fanatical Support. This is Rackspace's fourth appearance within the top ten this year, with its best performance being seen in the consecutive months of April and May, where it took first place. Seeweb is an Italian company, which offers both shared and dedicated hosting and also appeared in third place in September.

Four of October's top ten hosters run Linux, while three - including DataPipe - run FreeBSD. Two of the hosters run Windows Server 2003.

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Tiscali Italia, Rackspace and Seeweb are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies In September 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
September 1st - 30th 2007

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Tiscali Italia, Rackspace and Seeweb are the most reliable hosting company sites for September 2007, followed closely by Pair Networks, Go Daddy and Affinity.

Tiscali is a European telecommunications company based in Italy and markets its offerings predominantly in Italy, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Tiscali's core business is providing internet access and has 2 million ADSL users in the UK and Italy. Tiscali has appeared within the top ten most reliable hosting companies four times this year. Conversely, Rackspace specialises in managed hosting and is well known for its promise of Fanatical Support. This is Rackspace's third appearance within the top ten this year, notably making first place for two consecutive months in April and May. Seeweb is an Italian company, which offers both shared and dedicated hosting and last appeared within the top ten in April.

Datapipe is the only hosting company to have made it into the top ten every month so far this year. Datapipe was the most reliable hosting company in March and also took second place in June and July.

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October 2007 Web Server Survey

In the October 2007 survey we received responses from 142,805,398 sites, an increase of 7.6 million sites since last month. This continues the strong gains seen last month, a rate of over 5% monthly growth, with MySpace, Microsoft Live.com, and Google's Blogger each gained over 1 million sites this month. Benefitting from the gains at MySpace and Microsoft Live, Microsoft-IIS now hosts over 50 million sites.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - October 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - October 2007

Apache loses 2.8% share this month, partly through the strong growth at the major blogging systems, and partly due to 2.5 million domains on Apache expiring at trouble-free.net. Apache has around a 10% market share advantage over IIS now, which is the smallest gap between the two since IIS was launched in 1996.

On the active sites measure which excludes templated sites, Apache gains 1 million sites this month, though this is eclipsed by growth of nearer 3 million for Microsoft-IIS.

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - October 2007

Top Developers
DeveloperSeptember 2007PercentOctober 2007PercentChange
Apache68,228,56150.48%68,155,32047.73%-2.75
Microsoft47,232,30034.94%53,017,73537.13%2.18
Google6,616,7134.90%7,763,5165.44%0.54
Sun2,212,8211.64%2,262,0191.58%-0.05
lighttpd1,515,9631.12%1,541,7791.08%-0.04
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