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Apache stems loss of web server marketshare

The latest Web server survey (for January 2008) carried out by Netcraft (opens in new tab) showed that Apache has managed to move above the 50 percent share of the web server market, it's lowest point for nearly a decade.

Microsoft has enjoyed a rather phenomenal 24 months with its market share growing from around 22 percent to nearly 36 percent; the other big winners are Litespeed - which owes its massive growth to Wordpress.com adopting it in place of Apache, and Google - which is a surprising third thanks to Google Pages, a free service that allows Google users to create their websites on the fly.

Blogging websites now account for more than 25 million sites in the survey with Myspace, Live Spaces and Blogger accounting for the bulk of those.

Nearly 156 million websites were included in the Monthly survey, which reflects a slower end of the year for the web hosting industry, with a rise of only 354,000 sites, down from a whopping 5.4 million new sites recorded a month earlier; still 2007 saw the biggest rise in the number of websites ever with nearly 50 million sites added since December 2006.

The number of active websites - which excludes parked domains and other template websites - has stabilised to around 70 million over the same period.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.