Back in November 2009, I had written a Did you know post about the Internet having 187 million domains. Looks like that DYK is obsolete, since new stats suggest that there are now 255 million websites on the Internet.
Royal Pingdon, the internet website tracker has a new post which says that in 2010 there were around 255 million websites, this was 9% more than 2009.
In addition to that, Apache server gained market share and now powers around 152 million or 59.4% websites. Microsoft IIS is second with 57 million websites, which shows growth for the Microsoft .Net platform. Sadly, our favorite webserver; Nginx; which powers Techie Buzz did not see much growth and grew about 700,000 to 19.9 million websites.
Google’s web server which powers the Blogger platform grew from 14.1 million to 14.9 million websites in 2010, this suggests that only 800,000 new blogs were added to Blogger in 2010, however, thanks to the Blogspot spam this number might be higher because Google might be removing thousands of blogs every day.
Overall, this is good news for Apache, but my experience has not been that good with it. I prefer using Nginx because it is lightweight and does the job pretty well. Hopefully, we should see more Linux distros bundling Nginx setups (LNMP) which should increase it’s market share in future.