Just in time before officially reaching end-of-life, version 5.3 is now the most popular PHP version.
Russian surpassed German as language no 2 on the web, behind English.
The PNG image file format has been created in 1995 as a response to some patent issues around the then-prevailing GIF format. PNG has gained popularity ever since, and it is now used on more websites than GIF.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 15 January 2013
Today we introduce a new type of report that allows to compare the usage of two or more technologies side-by-side
We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.
There seems to be no way around Facebook on the Internet these days. Even if you are not actively participating in that social network, you are more likely to find their Like Button on a website than ever before.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 22 October 2012
Due to numerous requests, we made a little change in the outbound links to other sites.
IPv6 is meant to be the future of Internet communication. With a world-wide adoption rate of 2.7% we are certainly not there yet.
W3Techs presents a world map showing which content management system is the most popular one in each country.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 16 August 2012
A new section of our surveys shows the usage of Etags on websites.
As websites become more and more interactive, there is a strong need for appropriate tools to achieve that in an efficient way. Webmasters increasingly turn to jQuery to fulfill this need.
The Apache web server clearly dominates the web server market in the world. But not in every country.
The yearly retrospection at our anniversary is already a little tradition.
We are introducing a new type of survey showing how many sites use more than one competing technologies.
A picture is worth a thousand numbers. Have a look at our infographic that shows who is using Google Analytics.
We are excited to offer a new type of unique web technology usage reports, providing insights that cannot be obtained anywhere else.
A new category of surveys shows the usage and market share of SSL certificate authorities.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 4 April 2012
We have extended our range of technology reports to cover web servers.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 5 March 2012
We provide web technology reports showing the usage of all technologies within a specific top level domain, which is either a country or a certain type of organization.
If you don't trust Google, you may want to avoid it while surfing the web. Good luck to you.
The popularity of Perl as a website scripting language is decreasing. Nevertheless we expect this language to be around for a long time to come.
Debian has surpassed CentOS to become the most popular Linux distribution on web servers.
We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.
Nginx is the fastest growing web server. It has now a 10% market share, up from 5.9% at the beginning of this year.
In addition to our Facebook and Twitter pages, we have created a Google+ page for W3Techs as another option to get our news.
Today, we start providing extensive market reports for the web technologies that we monitor. These reports contain detailed market surveys of a technology in a compact form. The goal is to give technology providers and other professionals interested in certain technologies a way to find relevant facts quickly and easily.
As one of the "big 3" content management systems, Drupal enjoys a steady growth of its user base. We have a closer look at the statistics.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 28 September 2011
We start showing historical trends for our latest reports on the usage of social widgets and for site elements.
The Google +1 button is quickly gaining acceptance. It is now the 3rd ranked social widget, ahead of Twitter, only behind Facebook and AddThis.
Windows may dominate the desktop, but Unix-like operating systems (and that includes Linux) are used on 64% of web servers. We have a closer look at the statistics.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 10 August 2011
A new survey covers the usage of various image file formats on the web.
LiteSpeed has established itself as one of the most popular and fasted growing web servers in our surveys.
W3Techs.com went online two year ago. Let's have a look back at the last year.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 4 July 2011
We start showing the fastest growing technologies on our home page.
A closer look at our surveys on HTTP compression.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 22 June 2011
A new type of surveys covers certain optional technical properties or features of websites.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 16 June 2011
We stopped publishing the market share data in the client-side programming languages surveys. They were no longer useful.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 6 June 2011
We started publishing surveys on the usage of social widgets on the web.
The Runet, the Russian Internet, is growing quickly. We have a closer look at what it looks like.
We have compiled a few cases of unexpected web technology usage.
Google Analytics has been the most popular web analytics tool for a long time. Last month, it has added another 0.2% of all websites to its user base, and it has now reached an incredible milestone: Every second website is using Google Analytics.
Infolinks has established itself as a leader in in-text advertising, and it is now the #4 advertising network.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 9 February 2011
SEO professionals are discussing the optimal length of meta tags to no end. We have determined the size limits using statistics rather than anecdotal evidence.
Ubuntu has been a popular Linux distribution on desktop systems for some time. Now it is also increasing its market share on web servers. We have a closer look at the statistics.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 13 January 2011
We start to show samples of sites that have recently changes some technology.
We have a look at the web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 16 December 2010
We are introducing a new rating for websites, which is based on the technologies used by the site.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 15 December 2010
We added more detailed information in our technology reports by including historical trends and market position diagrams.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 6 December 2010
We have combined our technology usage surveys and the top site scores into a new report type, which shows the market positions of the various technologies.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 3 December 2010
We have redefined the definition of the top-site score of a technology, which makes this report easier to understand.
We see for the first time a small, but noticeable decline in the usage of Flash for websites. The statistics indicate, that the rise of the Mobile Web is likely to be the reason.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 9 November 2010
Our website technology information page now shows how recent a technology version is by comparing it with the versions of all the other sites in our surveys.
PHP is the server-side programming language that powers more websites than any other. There is not even a close second.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 21 October 2010
Most of our reports focus on how popular technologies are. But some technologies are interesting not because they are used by a huge number of sites, but because they are primarily used by high traffic sites. A new type of report shows which technologies these are.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 4 October 2010
Today, we introduce monthly subscriptions to technology surveys, available as email service and as RSS feed.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 24 September 2010
The first major change of our homepage since the launch of this site shows the top 5 technologies of each category and the changes to the previous month.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 20 September 2010
Obviously, our site attracts many people with an interest in web technologies. Providers of these technologies may now set up a promotion page to describe their products or services.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 17 September 2010
Our new FAQ section will give you background information that is helpful to understand our surveys.
Nginx is the web server technology that gains market share from all the other ones. We have a closer look at the statistics.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 30 August 2010
In our technology usage reports, we started showing both, absolute usage percentage and market share values.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 19 August 2010
We just installed a user forum which may be used for discussions, questions, change proposals and feedback.
Chinese is now language #4 on the Internet, #2 amongst the top 10,000 sites.
W3Techs.com went online exactly one year ago. Time for a little review.
CentOS is a well known Linux distribution with a strong focus on server machines rather than on desktop PCs. For the first time, CentOS is now leading the Linux distribution statistics on web servers with almost 30% of all Linux servers.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 14 June 2010
We start generating detailed breakdown reports for each technology. These new reports provide much more details than the overview breakdown reports, which we produced so far.
56% of the sites that use a content management system are using WordPress, and that percentage is even growing. For most users, WordPress seems to offer the best balance of features and easy-of-use.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 17 May 2010
We offer all webmasters the possibility to show our website technology information on your own site by including a few lines of code in your pages.
This is a summary of a few remarkable and recently emerging changes in our statistics.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 27 April 2010
One more new way to get our website technology information is a Google subscribed link. If you use that feature, you can get that information inserted into the Google search results, so that you don't need to leave Google.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 26 April 2010
We created two browser extensions for Firefox and Google Chrome respectively, that enable you to see any website's technologies with just one mouse click while you surf the web.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 23 April 2010
We start publishing surveys on the usage of advertising networks on the web.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 20 April 2010
Posted by Sam Soltano on 16 April 2010
We publish now surveys on the usage of content languages of websites. Content languages are the natural languages of the text on a site, for example English or Chinese.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 14 April 2010
We provide a bookmarklet now, that enables you to see any website's technologies with just one mouse click.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 12 April 2010
Many people are interested to know when websites change the technologies they use. In a new section of our surveys, we show for each technology a list of sites that started using this technology recently. Additionally, we provide a free notification service, letting our users know when a top site switched to a particular technology.
The breakdown of our technology reports by site ranking enables us to see which technologies are used by highly successful sites compared to moderately successful ones.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 29 March 2010
Our breakdown reports now include a special technology usage evaluation by Alexa ranking.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 23 March 2010
We started analyzing the content languages of websites. It turned out that a large number of sites specify the language incorrectly, so that we introduced new types of quality alerts to indicate these problems.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 15 March 2010
We introduce a new type of reports that show the usage of web technologies broken down by any other technology. This allows a large set of evaluations to be performed, that were not possible before.
China is now the third most frequent country-specific top level domain amongst the top 1 million websites, ahead of Japan and UK.
We analyze lots of websites for our web technology surveys and doing so, we keep detecting potential technical problems on these sites. This is a summary of the most frequently encountered issues.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 17 February 2010
You can get the latest news from W3Techs now on Facebook and Twitter.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 10 February 2010
A new type of report shows the percentages of websites changing from any specific technology to competing technologies.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 28 January 2010
We start reporting changes of technologies used by individual websites.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 21 December 2009
Our newest survey shows the distribution of top level domains amongst the top 1 million websites.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 17 December 2009
We have - finally as some would say - added an RSS feed to our blog.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 14 December 2009
We start presenting historical data of our technology surveys. Sometimes, the changes of data over time is more interesting than the absolute value. We believe this adds a new dimension in our surveys.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 1 December 2009
A new section of our web technology surveys shows the usage of content management systems.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 18 November 2009
Visitors of our site can now register as user and get quality alerts of their websites per email.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 22 October 2009
We start showing quality alerts for websites, indicating potential problems. We hope that this is a way to help webmasters to improve the technical quality of their sites.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 5 October 2009
We included a new section of web technologies to our surveys by reporting usage of client-side programming languages.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 24 September 2009
We report now the character encodings of websites.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 14 September 2009
On our site information pages non-English site descriptions are translated into English.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 7 September 2009
You can now see which technologies a particular site is using.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 19 August 2009
We have included some new tools in our traffic analysis tools survey.
Posted by Sam Soltano on 10 August 2009
W3Tech launches a new web technology blog on its site. Articles will mostly cover the results of the surveys provided here.
After researching the web and collecting data for some time, W3Techs goes online to present the first results.