Netcraft has developed a dataset which tracks the changes in the hosting locations of the million busiest websites. Each month we determine the busiest sites by the number of visits from users of the Netcraft Toolbar. This is then combined with detailed hosting information gathered by our Web Server Survey, and compared with the equivalent information from the previous month.
Many sites' location will be unchanged, but some will have moved from one hosting provider to another during the course of the month. Additionally, hosting companies may gain new sites that were not previously in the top million, and lose sites which are no longer present.
The dataset gives a guide to the market share of companies hosting the sites responsible for the great majority of web traffic, and is largely uninfluenced by parked domains, personal sites, shared hosting accounts or the majority of blogs.
Excerpts from March to April 2010
|Hosting Company||Mar 2010||Apr 2010||+/-||%||Not Ranked||Competitors||Not Ranked||Competitors|
|Peer1 Networks Inc||8,394||8,512||118||1.4%||815||910||635||972|
|iWeb Technologies Inc||4,511||4,662||151||3.3%||446||127||307||115|
|iomart group plc||2,675||2,771||96||3.6%||271||137||239||73|
Gains from Not Ranked indicate that a site has entered in to the top million this month. Losses from Not Ranked indicate that the site is no longer in the top million.
Although the top 1000 sites are concentrated amongst the web superpowers, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and eBay, the hosting locations of the top million sites are widely fragmented, with a little over 3.25% sufficient for top spot.Site Detail
An advantage of this dataset over the Hosting Provider Switching Analysis is the ability to analyse movement between competing hosting providers on a per-site basis. With this feature, current and previous hosting locations, netblock, operating system and server software for each site is shown.
|Site||Host First Seen||New Rank||Old Rank||New Hosted By||Hew Hoster||Old Hosted By||Old Hoster|
|http://www.gwebtools.com||01/11/2008||96322||99144||server4you.net||Intergenia AG||global-datacenter.com||Softlayer Inc|
|http://obeus.com||01/10/2001||261523||248751||intergenia.de||Intergenia AG||global-datacenter.com||Softlayer Inc|
|http://www.mmistanbul.com||01/07/2004||302629||280276||intergenia.de||Intergenia AG||global-datacenter.com||Softlayer Inc|
|http://www.automotoportal.com||01/04/2006||315713||315920||intergenia.de||Intergenia AG||global-datacenter.com||Softlayer Inc|
|http://www.xxproxy.com||01/05/2007||406833||395720||intergenia.de||Intergenia AG||global-datacenter.com||Softlayer Inc|
|http://www.houselife.gr||01/06/2007||438654||486241||intergenia.de||Intergenia AG||global-datacenter.com||Softlayer Inc|