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The July 2007 Netcraft survey showed continued growth and major shuffling among the Top 5 players. The research firm received responses from 125,626,329 sites, an increase of nearly 12 million from the April survey, which yielded 113,658,468 responses.
The number of sites measured surpassed the 100 million mark set in November 2006 and set yet another record.
In June, Google Front End (GFE) joined lighttpd, Apache, Microsoft IIS and Sun-ONE-Web-Server in the Top 5.
Netcraft began counting GFE sites in June primarily because Google moved its Blogger sites from Apache to GFE. Netcraft attributes much of Apache's decline in share to this shift.
At the time, Netcraft stated that while it acknowledges "GFE not a server product like Apache or Microsoft-IIS, Google's services are an increasingly popular alternative platform for running a blog or simple web site (googlepages.com), or content that would have formerly been hosted on a desktop or networked filesystem (e.g. spreadsheets.google.com)."
In contrast to GFE, Apache's market share continued its descent, hitting 52.65 percent at the end of second quarter. Apache remains in the top spot, but Microsoft again increased its share over the course of the quarter to 32.84 percent.
This month, GFE, Sun, and lighttpd rounded out the Top 5 with 4.35 percent, 1.61 percent and 1.17 percent share, respectively.
Zeus, a longtime member of the Top 5, dipped down to seventh place with 463,449 sites, or 0.37 percent market share.
When viewed by domain type, 73,541,272 responses, or 58.5 percent, had .com domains; 9,375,293, or 7.46 percent, of sites had .net domains; and 3,856,028, or 3.07 percent, of sites had .uk domains.
The complete survey results can be found, here.
|Market Share||No. of Sites
With .com domains
|Enterprise for NetWare||1,820||0.00%||523|
|Netscape FastTrack Server||1,314||0.00%||534|
This article was first published on ServerWatch.com.