Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in February 2019

Rank Performance Graph OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Rackspace Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.652 0.009 0.021 0.021
2 Bigstep Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.227 0.073 0.147 0.147
3 One.com Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.378 0.088 0.263 0.263
4 GoDaddy.com Inc Linux 0:00:00 0.005 0.417 0.007 0.021 0.022
5 Hyve Managed Hosting Linux 0:00:00 0.005 0.165 0.069 0.139 0.139
6 Pair Networks unknown 0:00:00 0.005 0.334 0.093 0.187 0.187
7 www.choopa.com Linux 0:00:00 0.009 0.263 0.012 0.036 0.036
8 EveryCity SmartOS 0:00:00 0.009 0.226 0.070 0.339 0.339
9 CWCS Managed Hosting Linux 0:00:00 0.009 0.289 0.077 0.155 0.155
10 Webair Linux 0:00:00 0.009 0.325 0.080 0.160 0.161

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Rackspace had the most reliable hosting company site in February 2019, and has now appeared in the top 10 eight times in the past 12 months. Rackspace offers a range of managed dedicated and cloud hosting solutions.

The top three hosting company sites responded to each of Netcraft's requests in February. Bigstep appears in second place, making February the third consecutive month it has appeared in the top three. Bigstep offers "bare metal" cloud hosting with the flexibility of virtual machines while also providing the isolation and efficiency of bare metal. One.com returns to the top 10 for the first time since October 2018. One.com offers a variety of internet services including a no-code website builder, 1-click WordPress installations, domain registrations and email hosting.

The next sites, placed fourth to sixth, failed to respond to one request from Netcraft. In fourth place is GoDaddy with the fastest average connection speed of 7ms. Hyve Managed Solutions appears in the top 10 for the fourth consecutive month, this time in fifth place. Pair Networks came sixth, with an average connection time of 93ms. The next four sites that made up the top 10 failed to respond to two requests from Netcraft in February 2019.

This month Linux is used by eight of the top 10, remaining the most popular choice. SmartOS makes an appearance in eighth place with EveryCity.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around twenty leading hosting providers' sites. The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately preceding 24 hour period.

From a customer's point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on hosting companies' own sites, as this gives a pointer to reliability of routing, and this is why we choose to rank our table by fewest failed requests, rather than shortest periods of outage. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

February 2019 Web Server Survey

In the February 2019 survey we received responses from 1,477,803,927 sites, 229,586,773 unique domains, and 8,366,753 web-facing computers. This reflects a loss of 40.4 million sites, and gains of 979k domains, and 157k web-facing computers.

Microsoft experienced the largest gain in domains this month, with a net increase of just over one million. Despite several months of relatively small fluctuating gains and losses, the number of domains running Microsoft server software is on a general upward trend. Its total now stands at 59.3 million domains, up by just under 2.6 million (+4.6%) since this time last year. However, this strong domain growth was not reflected in any other metric this month – Microsoft gained only 478 web-facing computers, made losses both in active sites and within the top million sites, and suffered a sizable loss of 65 million hostnames.

On 20 February, Microsoft published a security advisory regarding a potential denial of service vulnerability in IIS. It can be exploited by sending specially crafted HTTP/2 requests to a Microsoft IIS web server, causing CPU usage to spike to 100% until the malicious connections are killed by IIS. Microsoft has addressed this issue in February's "non-security" update by providing the ability to define limits on the number of HTTP/2 settings parameters allowed over a connection.

nginx's growth in the domains metric was some way behind Microsoft's this month, with an increase of 622k. nginx's current total of 52.6 million domains represents a growth of over 8.6 million domains (+19.1%) since February 2018 – over three times that of Microsoft – however, its market share has remained just under 3 percentage points behind Microsoft's since April 2018. In terms of web-facing computers, nginx experienced the largest increase (+102k), continuing its steady gains in market share. It now holds a 29.0% share of the web-facing computer market with a total of 2.4 million.

The latest version of nginx (1.15.9 mainline) was released on 26 February, with some small changes including two new features and two bug fixes. Another product in the nginx family, NGINX Unit 1.7.1, was also released in February to address a security vulnerability in its router process. NGINX Unit is a lightweight web application server that can serve sandboxed Go, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and – soon – Java applications.

Apache is still losing domains, with a decrease of 216k this month, and 7.3 million domains over the past year. Apache is also gradually losing market share in terms of web-facing computers, despite an overall increase in the number of public web servers using it: this month, Apache gained 32.9k web-facing computers, taking its total up to 3.2 million, while competitor growth caused its market share to fall to 38.04%. The latest version, Apache 2.4.38, was released on 22 January. This release in the 2.4.x stable branch is regarded as the best available version of Apache, and includes three security fixes and multiple bug fixes.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

DeveloperJanuary 2019PercentFebruary 2019PercentChange
Microsoft485,175,88531.96%419,972,03928.42%-3.54
Apache323,398,86621.30%386,522,26626.16%4.85
nginx375,594,87524.74%374,544,60625.34%0.61
Google23,982,0331.58%23,912,2501.62%0.04
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Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2019

Rank Performance Graph OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 www.choopa.com Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.258 0.012 0.170 0.170
2 EveryCity SmartOS 0:00:00 0.000 0.227 0.070 0.346 0.346
3 Bigstep Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.225 0.071 0.145 0.145
4 Hyve Managed Hosting Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.162 0.075 0.150 0.150
5 CWCS Managed Hosting Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.285 0.081 0.156 0.156
6 www.dinahosting.com Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.278 0.089 0.178 0.178
7 Pair Networks FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.004 0.335 0.095 0.192 0.192
8 www.viawest.com Linux 0:00:00 0.013 0.430 0.012 0.239 0.240
9 Netcetera Linux 0:00:00 0.017 0.195 0.084 0.167 0.167
10 Swishmail FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.021 0.228 0.086 0.172 0.173

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Choopa.com had the most reliable hosting company website in January 2019, responding to all of Netcraft's requests. The company offers cloud hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and managed services from four locations across the US, Europe and Asia. Choopa.com's primary data centre is located in Piscataway, New Jersey.

EveryCity, Bigstep, Hyve Managed Hosting and CWCS Managed Hosting made up the rest of the top five, with their sites also responding to all of Netcraft's requests last month. The top five sites are separated by their average connection time. EveryCity has appeared in the top 10 hosting company sites over 35 times, maintaining 99.9994% uptime over 4 years. Bigstep has now made six consecutive appearances in the top 10 and maintained 99.97% uptime over 5 years.

Seven of the top ten most reliable hosting company websites used the Linux operating system in January. FreeBSD appears twice in the top ten, with SmartOS also making an appearance.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around twenty leading hosting providers' sites. The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately preceding 24 hour period.

From a customer's point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on hosting companies' own sites, as this gives a pointer to reliability of routing, and this is why we choose to rank our table by fewest failed requests, rather than shortest periods of outage. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Netcraft’s Android app now available on the Amazon Appstore

Netcraft's new anti-phishing app, already available in the Google Play store, has just been released to the Amazon Appstore. The iOS app is with Apple for review.

Available at Amazon Appstore Get it on Google Play

Android web browsers lack comprehensive protection against malicious websites, and in most cases only block a small fraction of the sites blocked by their desktop counterparts. The Netcraft app solves this problem by extending our industry-leading phishing protection services to your mobile device. The app equips your Android device with Netcraft's continuously updated feed of phishing websites, and will alert you whenever you visit a site that's included in this blacklist.

The Netcraft app works with the most popular mobile web browsers on Android — including Amazon's Silk browser, Chrome, and Firefox — and other apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Slack.

The app's malicious site warning page in Amazon's Silk browser

The app's malicious site warning page in Amazon's Silk browser.

See our original post about the app for more information.

Download the app on Google Play or the Amazon Appstore now to protect yourself from phishing threats on your Android device. Subscribe to our mailing list to be among the first to hear when the Netcraft app for iOS is available, along with other news items from Netcraft.

Netcraft releases anti-phishing app for Android

Netcraft has developed a new anti-phishing app for Android to defend against fraudulent sites. The Netcraft app is available now on Google Play and at the Amazon Appstore. The Netcraft app for iOS is with Apple for review.

Available now on Google Play
Available at Amazon Appstore

Netcraft's new Android app provides rapid protection against phishing threats, with new attacks blocked as soon as they're determined to be fraudulent by Netcraft. It offers free protection during a one-month trial, after which a monthly or annual subscription can be purchased. You can use the app to report phish to Netcraft without a subscription.

Protect yourself from harmful websites; Blocking backed by Netcraft's extensive feed of phishing websites.

Phishing is not confined to the desktop: in an analysis of a month's worth of log files recovered from phishing sites, Netcraft found that two thirds of visits came from mobile browsers. Some fraudsters also add mobile-specific user interfaces to their phishing attacks, making them even more effective against phone and tablet users.

Despite this, mobile browsers lack comprehensive anti-phishing protection, unlike their desktop counterparts. In a study performed last year, Netcraft found that iOS and Android browsers block only a fraction of the sites that are blocked by their desktop equivalents, leaving mobile users more exposed.

The app makes use of Netcraft's industry-leading anti-phishing feed, which is licensed to the leading web browser vendors, as well as anti-virus, firewall, intrusion detection and content filtering companies. Every day Netcraft processes millions of suspicious URLs to identify phishing attacks. Over 56 million unique phishing sites have been detected and blocked by Netcraft’s community to date.

The Netcraft app works with the most popular mobile web browsers on Android – including Chrome and Firefox – and other apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Slack. In addition to blocking phish across the web, the app automatically detects phishing URLs in SMS messages, and will alert you to the danger with a notification.

Always up-to-date protection with real-time checks against our block list. Easily report phishing sites you encounter.

The app allows you to report phishing websites and SMS phishing attacks to Netcraft with just a few taps, protecting other users and making you part of a global safeguarding community.

Download the app on Google Play now to benefit from Netcraft's comprehensive mobile phishing protection on your Android devices. Desktop browser protection is also available in the Netcraft extension for Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera. Subscribe to our mailing list to be amongst the first to hear when the Netcraft app for iOS is available, along with other news items from Netcraft.

January 2019 Web Server Survey

In the January 2019 survey we received responses from 1,518,207,412 sites, 228,607,903 unique domains, and 8,209,715 web-facing computers. This reflects a loss of 138 million sites, and gains of 768.9k domains, and 61.9k web-facing computers.

The vast majority of the loss of sites this month was seen for those using Microsoft web server software — dropping by 203 million sites (-29%). While much of this loss was concentrated at a single hosting provider and made up of automatically generated sites, Microsoft suffered losses in all metrics this month, albeit with much smaller reductions elsewhere. While Microsoft lost more than two hundred million sites in a single month, the net loss of domains was just 89k. Much of this drop can be attributed to IIS 6.0 and 7.5, while the latest version 10.0 saw a gain of 89k domains, and IIS 8.5 gained 164k.

nginx continues to gain market share in the web-facing computer metric, with the largest increase of 47k computers this month being more than double that of Apache's 21k gain. In the domains market nginx remains at somewhat of a plateau, with a loss of 144k domains taking its market share down to 22.7% — just 0.2pp higher than its share in April 2018. The largest factor this month — a single domain parking company, Bodis, moving all of its parked sites over to OpenResty. While the survey tracks these two products separately, OpenResty makes uses of the nginx core, integrating it with additional Lua-based modules.

Apache experienced a large gain in the domains metric this month with an increase of 245k. However, even with the losses seen for both Microsoft and nginx, it was not enough to boost Apache's market share which remains at 32.5%. The largest gain in domains came again for Cloudflare with an increase of 500k. Cloudflare predominantly uses its own server software originally based on nginx. OpenResty also saw greater gains than the market leader Apache, increasing by 388k with help from the movement of sites from nginx at Bodis.

Apache has released an update to httpd 2.4.38 to address an "important" remote DoS vulnerability, which allowed remote attackers to trigger an infinite loop through client-initiated renegotiation on servers using httpd 2.4.37 and OpenSSL version 1.1.1 or later. This is the first "important" level security issue in Apache HTTP Server since July 2017.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

DeveloperDecember 2018PercentJanuary 2019PercentChange
Microsoft688,039,05641.53%485,175,88531.96%-9.58
nginx358,383,16921.63%375,594,87524.74%3.11
Apache313,736,73918.94%323,398,86621.30%2.36
Google23,810,3361.44%23,982,0331.58%0.14
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