September 2020 Net Server Survey

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In the September 2020 survey, we received responses from 1,196,298,727 websites on 264,284,761 unique domains and 10,338,585 computers with web contact. Compared to last month, this represents a loss of 34,277,859 websites and 10,901 web computers, but a gain of 2,463,474 unique domains.

Approximately 15 million domains have moved from Microsoft web server software to OpenResty, a web server that adds nginx LuaJIT support. This corresponds to a decline in Microsoft’s market share in domains by 5.97 percentage points and a corresponding increase of 6.71 percentage points for OpenResty. OpenResty now supplies 34.5 million domains with a market share of 13% and thus ranks third behind Nginx and Apache. This tremendous turnaround is being driven by the migration of its customers’ parked domains from GoDaddy’s own hosting infrastructure to Google Cloud.

Microsoft also saw a large loss of 49,600 web computers (-3.1%) unrelated to the GoDaddy OpenResty migration. The biggest increase in computers in contact with the web was at Apache (+19,100), though that was not enough to take the lead again from nginx, which became the largest web server provider last month on that metric.

Most major providers saw a decrease in the number of active websites hosted that month. Cloudflare and LiteSpeed ​​are among the providers who, despite the overall negative trend, recorded growth in this area. Pepyaka (used by Wix) and Squarespace also gained active websites (+ 3.0% and + 2.6%, respectively), reflecting the growing popularity of website builders.

New vendor releases

This month LiteSpeed ​​released version 5.4.9 of the LiteSpeed ​​web server. Several new features have been added in this update, including auto-detection of CloudFlare CDN IPs and support for bcrypt password hashes when using HTTP authentication.

Apache released three new versions of Tomcat this month – 8.5.58, 9.0.38, and 10.0.0-M8. These versions each contain a number of new features and security patches. Notable changes include the addition of support for the Expect HTTP header and the addition of support for setting read and write idle timeouts on Websocket connections.

Apache has also released version 8.1.0 of the Apache Traffic Server. This release focused on improving the stability, reliability, and performance of the server’s HTTP / 2 support.

Market share of web servers

developer August 2020 percent September 2020 percent change
Nginx 448,602,806 36.45% 407,086,442 34.03% -2.43
Apache 318,307,245 25.87% 330,682,809 27.64% 1.78
Microsoft 118,126,662 9.60% 95,944,600 8.02% -1.58
Google 44,326,227 3.60% 45,689,961 3.82% 0.22

Market share of web servers for active websites

developer August 2020 percent September 2020 percent change
Apache 50,966,410 26.62% 50,925,159 26.46% -0.16
Nginx 37,794,331 19.74% 37,549,911 19.51% -0.23
Google 18,767,650 9.80% 18,663,687 9.70% -0.11
Microsoft 8,009,744 4.18% 7,861,906 4.08% -0.10

For more information, see Active Sites

Web server market share for the millions of most visited websites

developer August 2020 percent September 2020 percent change
Apache 280.158 28.02% 280,949 28.09% 0.08
Nginx 257,472 25.75% 257,562 25.76% 0.01
Microsoft 72.787 7.28% 71.664 7.17% -0.11
LiteSpeed 20,348 2.03% 21,341 2.13% 0.10

Market share of web servers for computers

developer August 2020 percent September 2020 percent change
Nginx 3,528,858 34.10% 3,531,550 34.16% 0.06
Apache 3,474,321 33.57% 3,493,422 33.79% 0.22
Microsoft 1,585,588 15.32% 1,535,962 14.86% -0.46

Market share of web servers for domains

developer August 2020 percent September 2020 percent change
Nginx 79.757.929 30.46% 79,534,471 30.09% -0.37
Apache 70, 197, 130 26.81% 70,646,497 26.73% -0.08
Microsoft 36,772,587 14.04% 21,331,946 8.07% -5.97
Google 2,402,979 0.92% 2,387,975 0.90% -0.01

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