May was the 16th consecutive month of growth for the Web after a two-year shakeout to absorb the collapse of the dot-com and telecom industries. The upward trend resumed in February 2003, when we detected 35.8 million sites; about the same number as the Dec. 2001 survey.
The rebound in total sites tracks the recovery of the larger Internet economy, as viable companies and business models have emerged from the wreckage of the Internet bubble. Common to the Internet Economy 2.0 is a focus on efficiency and cost management that was largely absent during the boom years of 1998-2000. Recent months have seen reports of strong growth for online ad spending, paid subscription sites, online retail spending, and even modest revivals in venture capital investment and dot-com hiring. On the M&A front, TechDealmaker reported 35 Internet-related acquisitions for the week of April 22-28, valued at $1.5 billion. And, on Thursday Google announced its long-awaited stock offering, leading a pack of web companies readying IPOs.
The first Netcraft survey in August 1995 found 18,957 hosts. Previous milestones in the survey were reached in April 1997 (1 million sites), February 2000 (10 million), September 2000 (20 million) and July 2001 (30 million).
|Developer||April 2004||Percent||May 2004||Percent||Change|
In the April 2004 survey we received responses from 49,750,568 sites.
|Developer||March 2004||Percent||April 2004||Percent||Change|
In the March 2004 survey we received responses from 48,038,131 sites.
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For the third month in a row, despite significant growth in absolute terms, the percentage market share of Apache and Microsoft have change by less than the 0.3% resolution of the graph, so the graphs are flat.
In the February 2004 survey we received responses from 47,173,415 sites.
The number of responding sites is up by over one million from January; however the percentage share between the different web servers is little changed, with Microsoft's half a percent drop in active sites being the most salient point of interest.
|Developer||January 2004||Percent||February 2004||Percent||Change|
In the January 2004 survey we received responses from 46,067,743 sites.
|Developer||December 2003||Percent||January 2004||Percent||Change|
In the December 2003 survey we received responses from 45,980,112 sites.
|Developer||November 2003||Percent||December 2003||Percent||Change|
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