In the May 2020 survey we received responses from 1,238,024,212 sites across 261,192,350 unique domains and 9,892,834 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 224,000 computers and 1.10 million domains, but a loss of 8.10 million sites.
nginx lost the greatest number of sites, with 14.2 million fewer than in April, but conversely had by far the greatest increases in unique domain names (+1.50 million, +2.02%), and web-facing computers (+137,000, +4.43%) this month. OpenResty, which is based on nginx, also saw a large 237,000 domain count increase to reach 7.15 million – the second largest increase in domains for any vendor this month.
Apache had losses in most metrics, dropping 244,000 domains. It did, however, come away with 6.88 million more sites and 45,000 more computers this month than last. Apache still leads in the active sites, computers, and top one million sites metrics.
Microsoft lost out on all metrics this month, dropping by 5.08 million sites and 175,000 unique domains. Both Apache and Microsoft have been on slow long-term downward trends in most metrics. Although they have both increased their count of web-facing computers over time, nginx has seen much stronger growth in comparison. Despite running on a 17.9% share of domain names and 16.4% share of computers, Microsoft holds a much smaller 4.72% share of active sites.
LiteSpeed currently serves 4.20 million domains, giving it a 1.61% market share. It has a slightly higher 1.88% share amongst the top one million sites. LiteSpeed has seen consistent growth, and has had a 23.3% domain count growth over the last 12 months.
Nginx released a new stable version of the nginx web server. nginx version 1.18.0 incorporates additional features which have been introduced in the mainline 1.17.x nginx versions over time. Nginx also released version 1.17.0 of the Nginx Unit application server.
LiteSpeed released new 1.6.13 and 1.7.1 versions of their OpenLiteSpeed web server, introducing bug fixes, security features, updates from their LSQUIC library, CentOS 8 support, and more.
|Developer||April 2020||Percent||May 2020||Percent||Change|
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|2||New York Internet (NYI)||FreeBSD||0:00:00||0.000||0.519||0.054||0.109||0.109|
|6||Hyve Managed Hosting||Linux||0:00:00||0.005||0.144||0.077||0.154||0.154|
|8||CWCS Managed Hosting||Linux||0:00:00||0.005||0.286||0.080||0.162||0.162|
GoDaddy had the most reliable hosting company site in April 2020. This is the second consecutive month that GoDaddy has had the most reliable hosting company site and GoDaddy has not appeared outside the top two so far in 2020. GoDaddy provides tools that help businesses create a web presence and has provided ideas for small businesses to cope through the COVID-19 pandemic.
All of the monitored hosting providers are continuing to provide their services despite the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The next four hosting company sites in the top 10 also responded to all of Netcraft's requests in April: New York Internet, Webair, Swishmail, and Pair Networks. The top five hosting company sites were separated by average connection time.
New York Internet has published a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to demonstrate how it is helping provide services to its customers throughout these uncertain times. In New York, Webair has donated meals and personal protective equipment to frontline workers.
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