May 2018 Web Server Survey

In the May 2018 survey we received responses from 1,584,940,345 sites, 217,875,435 unique domains, and 7,452,628 web-facing computers. This reflects a loss of 198 million sites, but a gain of 3.36 million domains and 65,600 web-facing computers.

nginx saw moderate growth this month, gaining 1.17 million unique domains. This has increased its market share of domains by 0.19 percentage points, even though it lost 44.2 million sites.

The nginx ecosystem has continued to evolve over the past month, with some notable software releases:

  • nginx 1.14.0 was released on the 17 April, which adds HTTP/2 server push support to the nginx stable stream (the recommended release stream for production web servers). HTTP/2 server push can improve the performance of some websites by pre-emptively pushing assets to browser clients, avoiding the need for the client to explicitly make additional GET requests for assets on a page such as images, stylesheets & JavaScript.
  • The first production-ready release of NGINX Unit 1.0 was released on the 12 April, ending the product’s beta period. NGINX Unit is a web application server that can serve sandboxed Go, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby applications on the same server. It is unique in allowing dynamic reloading & remote configuration via a REST API rather than individual configuration files. A bugfix release, NGINX Unit 1.1, was subsequently made available on 26 April.
  • MySQL monitoring support was added to NGINX Amplify on 23 April. This commercial SaaS monitoring product from NGINX Inc. could increase the appeal of transitioning MySQL & PHP applications from Apache-based stacks to nginx-based ones.

Despite losing 59.7 million sites this month, Apache still powers sites on the largest number of unique domains. Apache is also running on 36% of the world’s top 1 million websites – 12 percentage points ahead of its closest competitor, nginx.

There was also a 21% reduction of the number websites running Microsoft web server software this month, with the majority of these losses (77%) coming from hosting provider Raksmart, which lost 107 million of these sites. Despite this, the hosting provider gained 49,600 domains that point to Microsoft web servers. Many of the lost websites featured automatically generated content, and so were not counted as Active Sites.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

Developer April 2018 Percent May 2018 Percent Change
Microsoft 658,800,756 36.94% 518,826,524 32.73% -4.21
Apache 456,169,336 25.58% 396,463,723 25.01% -0.57
nginx 403,381,961 22.62% 359,163,599 22.66% 0.04
Google 22,460,562 1.26% 22,427,752 1.42% 0.16

Web server market share for active sites

Developer April 2018 Percent May 2018 Percent Change
Apache 75,298,051 42.41% 73,936,582 42.04% -0.37
nginx 37,478,429 21.11% 37,427,068 21.28% 0.17
Google 14,159,867 7.97% 14,279,471 8.12% 0.14
Microsoft 11,935,138 6.72% 11,897,685 6.76% 0.04

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

Developer April 2018 Percent May 2018 Percent Change
Apache 363,431 36.34% 360,234 36.02% -0.32
nginx 241,869 24.19% 242,826 24.28% 0.10
Microsoft 93,533 9.35% 92,776 9.28% -0.08
LiteSpeed 14,676 1.47% 14,777 1.48% 0.01
Web server market share for computers

Developer April 2018 Percent May 2018 Percent Change
Apache 3,018,020 40.86% 3,032,131 40.69% -0.17
nginx 1,844,837 24.97% 1,887,507 25.33% 0.35
Microsoft 1,531,014 20.73% 1,525,059 20.46% -0.26
Web server market share for domains

Developer April 2018 Percent May 2018 Percent Change
Apache 77,731,493 36.24% 77,830,157 35.72% -0.51
Microsoft 55,746,915 25.99% 56,785,102 26.06% 0.08
nginx 48,269,102 22.50% 49,440,862 22.69% 0.19
Google 1,901,783 0.89% 1,913,702 0.88% -0.01