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February 2021 Web Server Survey


In the February 2021 survey we received responses from 1,204,252,411 sites across 263,042,054 unique domains and 10,766,606 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of 6,270,052 sites, 92,829 domains, and 116,789 computers.

nginx is top of the charts when it comes to total count of sites as well as number of unique domains and web-facing computers. 34.5% of all sites run on nginx, 30.4% of domains, and 35.0% of web-facing computers. Apache comes in at seconds place in these metrics, with a 26.3% market share of sites, a similar 26.4% share of domains, and 32.7% of web-facing computers.

In terms of domains, OpenResty and Cloudflare come in at third and fourth place to make up an additional 14.4% and 7.1% of the market respectively. OpenResty is a web application server that is built upon the technology of nginx, but, strictly speaking, is not an nginx fork. Cloudflare historically based their server stack around nginx, but transitioned towards using more in-house developed technologies over time. As of this month, these web server vendors are tracked individually in the monthly Web Server Survey charts.

Although nginx leads the wider market, Apache still has a small lead when it comes to the top one million busiest sites, with a 25.6% market share – 2.4pp ahead of nginx. Apache increased its share of the top million by 0.54pp in February. Although OpenResty takes a sizable chunk of the wider market, it is not nearly as common amongst the top million, taking only a 1.6% share. This disparity can be explained through GoDaddy’s extensive use of OpenResty for domain parking.

Apache also holds a more significant lead in terms of Netcraft’s active sites metric, which favours sites with unique content. Apache serves 25.5% of active sites, whereas nginx serves 19.8%. Google accounts for a reasonably large 9.9% share of active sites, owing to its popular Blogger service.

Microsoft’s server software market share remains in decline. Microsoft’s figures took a significant drop in 2020 in favour of OpenResty, and Microsoft now only has 6.5% (-1.0pp) of the site market and 6.0% (-0.3pp) of domains as of February 2021. OpenResty also looks set to overtake Microsoft as the third largest vendor in terms of sites and active sites.

Other vendor and hosting news

Nginx has pushed out its first product updates for 2021 – nginx version 1.19.7 and NGINX Unit 1.22.0. Lighttpd also released version 1.4.59 of its web server, which now enables HTTP version 2 by default.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer January 2021 Percent February 2021 Percent Change
nginx 399,330,927 33.33% 415,900,479 34.54% 1.20
Apache 316,046,149 26.38% 316,992,638 26.32% -0.06
Microsoft 89,781,136 7.49% 78,331,379 6.50% -0.99
OpenResty 74,385,487 6.21% 76,623,440 6.36% 0.15
Web server market share for active sites

Developer January 2021 Percent February 2021 Percent Change
Apache 50,341,578 25.23% 50,562,247 25.48% 0.25
nginx 39,263,149 19.68% 39,371,901 19.84% 0.16
Google 20,343,615 10.20% 19,538,140 9.85% -0.35
Cloudflare 17,474,278 8.76% 17,699,568 8.92% 0.16

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer January 2021 Percent February 2021 Percent Change
Apache 250,341 25.03% 255,765 25.58% 0.54
nginx 231,811 23.18% 232,133 23.21% 0.03
Cloudflare 156,568 15.66% 161,038 16.10% 0.45
Microsoft 68,908 6.89% 68,746 6.87% -0.02
Web server market share for computers

Developer January 2021 Percent February 2021 Percent Change
nginx 3,695,008 34.70% 3,763,569 34.96% 0.26
Apache 3,515,278 33.01% 3,521,831 32.71% -0.30
Microsoft 1,467,760 13.78% 1,467,939 13.63% -0.15
Web server market share for domains

Developer January 2021 Percent February 2021 Percent Change
nginx 78,907,094 30.01% 79,977,570 30.40% 0.40
Apache 69,349,990 26.37% 69,361,703 26.37% -0.00
OpenResty 37,201,640 14.15% 37,823,957 14.38% 0.23
Cloudflare 19,302,894 7.34% 18,726,697 7.12% -0.22

Search Scoop: Week of February 15th


Adam Henige
Adam Henige Google Algo Update? Yay or Nay? — This may be a first. Search Engine Roundtable shows some numbers that scream, “There was an algorithm update!” Meanwhile, I ask our staff, “Anybody see any big swings in rankings?” Everyone shrugs. I guess our clients were immune to this one? Or…maybe it wasn’t a thing? Jerod KaramJerod Karam Can’t Find the Name of a Song? Just Hum or Whistle the Melody to Google — Fresh from the “What Will They Think of Next” Department… Apparently, you have to have the Google search app installed. If you’re on Android you’re in luck. You have to download the specific app if you want to test it on iPhone. I’m too lazy. Tell me how well it works. Joe Ford
Joe Ford Google Search dark theme mode expands but search ads are hard to distinguish — In today’s version of news that surprises no one… Google has just released a dark mode version of its SERP. On this, ads are even harder to determine against organic results. Shocking. Kelli KaufmanKelli Kaufman What Are Traffic Bots? How Traffic Bots Are Causing Havoc Online — Have you ever had a huge spike in your website’s traffic in the matter of a single day? It could be likely that bot traffic is to thank for the spike. This article details what bot traffic is and the difference between good and bad traffic from bots. Lexie Kimball
Lexie Kimball How to Find Related Keywords and How to Use Them — If you’re finding yourself with a short keyword list that you want to expand, use this article to help you find more target keywords. Then learn how to implement them into your site’s content. Michael Hall
Michael Hall The B2B Content Marketing Report — Some interesting numbers from this study. One that stands out in particular to me is that there’s a huge variance in organic traffic levels for B2B blogs. The median visits from organic traffic are 280, but the top 10% recieve 22,000. If you’re a B2B and are not utilizing your blog, you may be missing out on a large number of visits from your target audience.



Search Scoop: Week of February 3rd


Happy Monday! Here are this week’s Search Scoop articles:

Adam Henige
Adam Henige
I wrote 1 blog post every day for 2 years. Here’s 5 things I learned about SEO — Some people can’t find things to blog about once per month, but Flavio blogged every day for two years. He learned some useful lessons along the way.

Elyse Motte
How to Use Tools to Determine Which Content to Re-Optimize: A Step-by-Step Guide — It makes a lot more sense to re-optimize content that has the potential to increase traffic than content that will not. If you get hung up on re-optimizing old content, these tools will help make sure your efforts are worth your time.

Jerod Karam
Be Careful What You Click: This Texas Schol District Lost $2.3 Million in a Phishing Scam — Don’t click links in your email. I may have said that before. DON’T CLICK LINKS IN YOUR EMAILS!

Joe Ford
What I See Coming For The Channel In 2020 — In departing from the normal PPC angle with this, I found this Forrester article on how channel marketing, consuming purchasing and B2B buying will pivot in 2020 very interesting.

Kelli Kaufman
Why Small Business Marketing Needs To Focus On Human-To-Human Interactions — For small businesses, is social media even worth your time anymore? This article has an interesting take on a marketing approach for small business that focuses on human to human interaction with stats to back it up. Should you ditch social media all together? Probably not, but do consider the value that face to face interactions with your customers provides.

Lexie Kimball
Google: Webpages with Featured Snippets Won’t Appear Twice on Page 1 — Well it finally happened, Google won’t allow a website on the first page of organic listings if they are the featured snippet. It’s still too early to see how this will affect most websites, but it definitely has some SEOs shaking in their boots.

Michael Hall
How to Use Stock Photo Libraries for Link Building — Know anyone who’s into photography? This is a very unique and creative link building strategy and/or idea for a website. In a nutshell, you supply high-quality images that other sites need, offer them for free, and request a link for using your image.

Netvantage Marketing

Netvantage Marketing is a search engine marketing company founded in 2008. We assist businesses in a variety of industries with search engine optimization and paid search management.



February 2020 Web Server Survey


In the February 2020 survey we received responses from 1,260,909,305 sites across 254,192,929 unique domains and 9,564,965 web-facing computers. This reflects a loss of 35.1 million sites and 11,900 computers, but a gain of 4.57 million domains.

The largest swings this month were seen for nginx. Despite losing 28.7 million sites and 64,500 web-facing computers, nginx excelled in other metrics this month, including a 3.06 million increase in unique domain count and a 675,000 increase in active sites count, building upon its rapid growth from last month.

Apache increased its share of the sites market this month by 0.53 percentage points, owed largely to the aforementioned drop in sites for nginx. This comes despite a drop of 1.77 million sites for Apache. Apache also lost 187,000 domains and 97,500 active sites this month. Apache did, however, gain an extra 6,400 web-facing computers. Apache is presently the most commonly used web server in terms of domains, active sites, and computers, and also has the greatest portion of the top one million busiest sites. The only metric in which it is currently beaten is the relatively unstable total count of sites (hostnames), for which nginx currently holds first place.

Microsoft saw modest growth in its counts of active sites (+193,000), web-facing computers (+9,890), and domains (+536,000). Microsoft saw a reduction of 2.65 million sites, but, like Apache, was left with an increase in its market share overall.

Vendor News

Apache released versions 7.0.100, 8.5.51, and 9.0.31 of its Tomcat Java Servlet software. The updates, which are largely the same across the major versions, include fixes, improvements, and some refactoring. Coyote, the HTTP connector component of Apache Tomcat, was found serving around 325,000 domains this month.

NGINX released an update for NGINX Unit, their open source dynamic application server, adding support for Ruby 2.7 and addressing a number of bugs.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
nginx 488,628,547 37.70% 459,966,569 36.48% -1.22
Apache 310,833,084 23.98% 309,061,300 24.51% 0.53
Microsoft 181,873,181 14.03% 179,225,073 14.21% 0.18
Google 39,081,956 3.02% 40,120,733 3.18% 0.17
Web server market share for active sites

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 53,753,582 28.48% 53,656,055 28.22% -0.26
nginx 37,063,610 19.64% 37,738,509 19.85% 0.21
Google 17,964,728 9.52% 18,045,633 9.49% -0.03
Microsoft 9,016,312 4.78% 9,209,748 4.84% 0.07

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 298,759 29.88% 297,034 29.70% -0.17
nginx 254,351 25.44% 256,816 25.68% 0.25
Microsoft 80,308 8.03% 80,071 8.01% -0.02
LiteSpeed 18,555 1.86% 18,771 1.88% 0.02
Web server market share for computers

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 3,341,420 34.89% 3,347,812 35.00% 0.11
nginx 3,094,469 32.31% 3,029,931 31.68% -0.64
Microsoft 1,653,265 17.26% 1,663,155 17.39% 0.12
Web server market share for domains

Developer January 2020 Percent February 2020 Percent Change
Apache 72,405,302 29.01% 72,218,665 28.41% -0.60
nginx 64,391,621 25.80% 67,454,081 26.54% 0.74
Microsoft 46,132,463 18.48% 46,668,662 18.36% -0.12
Google 2,349,679 0.94% 2,349,555 0.92% -0.02

The iOS version of Carcassonne is being removed from the App Store at the end of February. Last chance to get it before it’s gone forever. : iosgaming


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It says the contract expired, and a new version from a different developer is coming. I’m guessing it’ll be the same version that is on Switch now.