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New surveys on the usage of structured data formats

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 5 July 2017

Structured data are pieces of information on web pages in formats that can easily be interpreted by machines. We started to monitor the usage of various formats on the web.

Nginx reaches 33.3% web server market share while Apache falls below 50%

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 10 April 2017

Half of the web still runs on Apache's web server, but one third already uses Nginx, and the gap is closing fast. We have a closer look at the detailed statistics and trends.

Web Technologies of the Year 2016

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 3 January 2017

We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.

The impact of Let's Encrypt on the SSL certificate market

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 26 September 2016

Let's Encrypt, the issuer of free SSL certificates, has been expected to disrupt the SSL certificate market. We have a look 10 months after they started their public beta phase.

Ubuntu became the most popular Linux distribution for web servers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 May 2016

Ubuntu has a Linux distribution market share of 32.1% on web servers, just ahead of Debian, which was market leader since 2011.

Most popular web hosting providers by country

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 22 March 2016

W3Techs presents a world map showing which web hosting provider is the most popular one in each country.

New surveys on web server locations

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 February 2016

Server locations are the countries where web servers are physically located. The new surveys show statistics covering the top 10 million websites.

Web Technologies of the Year 2015

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 4 January 2016

We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.

New surveys on web hosting and reverse proxy services

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 28 December 2015

We started publishing surveys on web hosting services and on reverse proxy services.

WordPress powers 25% of all websites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 9 November 2015

The most popular content management systems now runs a quarter of the web. We have a closer look at the detailed statistics behind that success.

25% of the web runs Nginx, including 46.6% of the top 10.000 sites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 10 August 2015

While Apache is still the most used web server, Nginx is growing fast and already dominating high traffic sites.

HTTP/2 adoption is still low at 0.4%, but growing fast thanks to LiteSpeed

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 13 July 2015

The new version 2 of the HTTP protocol has a somewhat unexpected pioneer. Most of the sites that support HTTP/2 right now are relying on LiteSpeed.

Comodo has become the most widely used SSL certificate authority

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 17 February 2015

Comodo overtakes Symantec in our surveys of SSL certificate authorities.

Web technologies of the year 2014

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 5 January 2015

We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.

Magento is now powering 1% of all websites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 July 2014

Usage of the e-commerce platform Magento is growing steadily. It is now used by 1% of all websites, up from 0.83% one year ago.

Modernizr is now the second most popular JavaScript library after jQuery

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 10 March 2014

Modernizr became the de-facto standard for web designers to deal with Browser incompatibilities, in other words: with IE.

Web technologies of the year 2013

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 6 January 2014

We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.

Nginx is now the no. 2 webserver, ahead of Microsoft-IIS

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 9 December 2013

The Russian Nginx webserver is now used by more sites than Microsoft's IIS.

Debian/Ubuntu extend the dominance in the Linux web server market at the expense of Red Hat/CentOS

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 21 October 2013

Debian has been the most popular Linux distribution on web servers for almost two years when it took over rank #1 from CentOS. Now CentOS lost another rank to Ubuntu, giving Debian-based distributions a solid lead over the Red Hat camp.

WordPress powers 1 in 5 websites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 23 September 2013

The most popular content management system in the world keeps gaining popularity, and now powers 20% of the web.

Four years of W3Techs.com

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 10 July 2013

Looking back at our achievements in the last year.

Nginx just became the most used web server among the top 1000 websites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 3 July 2013

34.9% of the top 1000 web sites rely on Nginx. That makes it the most trusted web server on high traffic sites, just ahead of Apache.

New category of technologies in our surveys: Tag Managers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 July 2013

See which tag managers the web is using.

W3Techs surveys are now based on the top 10 million sites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 28 May 2013

We extended our website samples to include the top 10 million sites.

PHP version 5.3 is now the most used version, just ahead of 5.2

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 21 March 2013

Just in time before officially reaching end-of-life, version 5.3 is now the most popular PHP version.

Russian is now the second most used language on the web

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 19 March 2013

Russian surpassed German as language no 2 on the web, behind English.

The PNG image file format is now more popular than GIF

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 31 January 2013

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.

Comparisons of technology usage

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

Top 10 rising web technologies in 2012

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 January 2013

We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.

The Facebook like button is now used by 20% of all websites, up from 15% one year ago

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 19 November 2012

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.

Change in outbound links

Posted by Sam Soltano on 22 October 2012

Due to numerous requests, we made a little change in the outbound links to other sites.

World map showing IPv6 adoption rates per country

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 17 September 2012

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.

Most popular content management systems by country

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 3 September 2012

W3Techs presents a world map showing which content management system is the most popular one in each country.

Survey of Etag usage

Posted by Sam Soltano on 16 August 2012

A new section of our surveys shows the usage of Etags on websites.

jQuery now runs on every second website

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 13 August 2012

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.

Most popular web servers by country

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 August 2012

The Apache web server clearly dominates the web server market in the world. But not in every country.

Three years of W3Techs.com

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 10 July 2012

The yearly retrospection at our anniversary is already a little tradition.

New survey shows the usage of multiple competing technologies

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 5 July 2012

We are introducing a new type of survey showing how many sites use more than one competing technologies.

Infographic on the usage of Google Analytics

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 4 June 2012

A picture is worth a thousand numbers. Have a look at our infographic that shows who is using Google Analytics.

Unique and comprehensive web technology market reports

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 June 2012

We are excited to offer a new type of unique web technology usage reports, providing insights that cannot be obtained anywhere else.

Survey of SSL certificate authorities

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 14 May 2012

A new category of surveys shows the usage and market share of SSL certificate authorities.

Survey of JavaScript content delivery networks

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 7 May 2012

We added a new category to our surveys: usage of JavaScript content delivery networks.

Web server technology usage reports

Posted by Sam Soltano on 4 April 2012

We have extended our range of technology reports to cover web servers.

Top level domain specific web technology usage reports

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.

Google can't track every single click of your web surfing. Only most of them.

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 27 February 2012

If you don't trust Google, you may want to avoid it while surfing the web. Good luck to you.

Usage of Perl for websites fell below 1%

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 17 January 2012

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 is now the most popular Linux distribution on web servers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 9 January 2012

Debian has surpassed CentOS to become the most popular Linux distribution on web servers.

Top 10 rising web technologies in 2011

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 3 January 2012

We compiled the list of web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.

Nginx runs on 10% of all web sites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 22 December 2011

Nginx is the fastest growing web server. It has now a 10% market share, up from 5.9% at the beginning of this year.

Google+ page

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 8 November 2011

In addition to our Facebook and Twitter pages, we have created a Google+ page for W3Techs as another option to get our news.

Web Technology Market Reports

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 November 2011

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, October 2011: Drupal usage has been growing to 1.7% of all websites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 3 October 2011

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.

Historical trends for social widgets and for site elements

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 now on more sites than the Twitter button

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 19 September 2011

The Google +1 button is quickly gaining acceptance. It is now the 3rd ranked social widget, ahead of Twitter, only behind Facebook and AddThis.

Highlights of web technology surveys, September 2011: Usage of Windows vs. Unix on web servers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 6 September 2011

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.

Image format surveys

Posted by Sam Soltano on 10 August 2011

A new survey covers the usage of various image file formats on the web.

Highlights of web technology surveys, August 2011: The LiteSpeed web server

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 August 2011

LiteSpeed has established itself as one of the most popular and fasted growing web servers in our surveys.

Two years of W3Techs.com

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 11 July 2011

W3Techs.com went online two year ago. Let's have a look back at the last year.

Fastest growing technologies

Posted by Sam Soltano on 4 July 2011

We start showing the fastest growing technologies on our home page.

Highlights of web technology surveys, July 2011: Usage of HTTP compression

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 July 2011

A closer look at our surveys on HTTP compression.

Site elements surveys

Posted by Sam Soltano on 22 June 2011

A new type of surveys covers certain optional technical properties or features of websites.

Changes in client-side programming languages surveys

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.

Social widgets surveys

Posted by Sam Soltano on 6 June 2011

We started publishing surveys on the usage of social widgets on the web.

Highlights of web technology surveys, June 2011: The Runet is growing quickly. And it's different.

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 June 2011

The Runet, the Russian Internet, is growing quickly. We have a closer look at what it looks like.

Java.net runs on PHP, and other surprises of our technology research

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 11 May 2011

We have compiled a few cases of unexpected web technology usage.

Highlights of web technology surveys, May 2011: Every second website is using Google Analytics now

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 May 2011

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, April 2011: Usage of in-text advertising is growing, Infolinks is the #4 advertising network

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 April 2011

Infolinks has established itself as a leader in in-text advertising, and it is now the #4 advertising network.

Highlights of web technology surveys, March 2011: YUI is steadily gaining popularity amongst JavaScript developers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 March 2011

The Yahoo! User Interface Library is steadily gaining popularity amongst JavaScript developers.

The optimal length of description and title tags

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, February 2011: Ubuntu increases its market share on web servers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 February 2011

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.

Showing samples of recent technology changes

Posted by Sam Soltano on 13 January 2011

We start to show samples of sites that have recently changes some technology.

Highlights of web technology surveys, January 2011: Top 10 rising web technologies in 2010

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 January 2011

We have a look at the web technologies that saw the largest increase in usage in the last year.

Technology scores of websites

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.

More details in technology reports

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.

New survey type: market position reports

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.

Top-Site score report improved

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, December 2010: Usage of Flash is starting to decline

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 December 2010

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.

New indication of how recent technology versions of a site are

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, November 2010: Three quarters of all websites are based on PHP

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 November 2010

PHP is the server-side programming language that powers more websites than any other. There is not even a close second.

New reports show the usage of technologies by top sites

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.

Monthly technology survey subscriptions via email and RSS

Posted by Sam Soltano on 4 October 2010

Today, we introduce monthly subscriptions to technology surveys, available as email service and as RSS feed.

Highlights of web technology surveys, October 2010: 1 out of 4 websites use jQuery

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 October 2010

jQuery is by far the most popular JavaScript library and its usage is still constantly increasing. Our surveys now show that every 4th website is using it.

We start showing the survey highlights right on the homepage

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.

We added a new FAQ page on our site

Posted by Sam Soltano on 17 September 2010

Our new FAQ section will give you background information that is helpful to understand our surveys.

Highlights of web technology surveys, September 2010: Statistics behind the nginx success story

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 September 2010

Nginx is the web server technology that gains market share from all the other ones. We have a closer look at the statistics.

Technology usage reports extended

Posted by Sam Soltano on 30 August 2010

In our technology usage reports, we started showing both, absolute usage percentage and market share values.

Forum installed

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, August 2010: Chinese websites now outnumber Spanish, Russian and French

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 August 2010

Chinese is now language #4 on the Internet, #2 amongst the top 10,000 sites.

One year of W3Techs.com

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 10 July 2010

W3Techs.com went online exactly one year ago. Time for a little review.

Highlights of web technology surveys, July 2010: CentOS is now the most popular Linux distribution on web servers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 July 2010

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.

Detailed technology breakdown reports

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, June 2010: The amazing dominance of WordPress as CMS

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 June 2010

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, May 2010: Drupal, Ubuntu, Local Counter Services

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 3 May 2010

This is a summary of a few remarkable and recently emerging changes in our statistics.

Website technology information in Google search results

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.

Website technology information browser extensions

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.

Advertising network surveys

Posted by Sam Soltano on 23 April 2010

We start publishing surveys on the usage of advertising networks on the web.

Javascript library surveys

Posted by Sam Soltano on 20 April 2010

We add Javascript libraries to our list of monitored and published web technologies.

Content language surveys

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.

Website technology information bookmarklet

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.

Technology change notifications

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, April 2010: Technologies used by successful sites

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 April 2010

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.

Breakdown of technology reports by ranking

Posted by Sam Soltano on 29 March 2010

Our breakdown reports now include a special technology usage evaluation by Alexa ranking.

Content language quality alerts

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.

Breakdown of technology reports

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.

Highlights of web technology surveys, March 2010, China's web presence rising fast

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 March 2010

China is now the third most frequent country-specific top level domain amongst the top 1 million websites, ahead of Japan and UK.

The 3 most common technical website quality problems

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 18 February 2010

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.

Facebook and Twitter

Posted by Sam Soltano on 17 February 2010

You can get the latest news from W3Techs now on Facebook and Twitter.

Technology change trend reports

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.

Technology Changes

Posted by Sam Soltano on 28 January 2010

We start reporting changes of technologies used by individual websites.

Top Level Domains

Posted by Sam Soltano on 21 December 2009

Our newest survey shows the distribution of top level domains amongst the top 1 million websites.

RSS Feed

Posted by Sam Soltano on 17 December 2009

We have - finally as some would say - added an RSS feed to our blog.

Historical Data

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.

Content Management Systems

Posted by Sam Soltano on 1 December 2009

A new section of our web technology surveys shows the usage of content management systems.

User Registration

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.

Website Quality Alerts

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.

Client-side Programming Languages

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.

Character Encodings

Posted by Sam Soltano on 24 September 2009

We report now the character encodings of websites.

Automatic translations of site descriptions

Posted by Sam Soltano on 14 September 2009

On our site information pages non-English site descriptions are translated into English.

Site Information

Posted by Sam Soltano on 7 September 2009

You can now see which technologies a particular site is using.

New traffic analysis tools

Posted by Sam Soltano on 19 August 2009

We have included some new tools in our traffic analysis tools survey.

Blog launched

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.

W3Techs goes online

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 10 July 2009

After researching the web and collecting data for some time, W3Techs goes online to present the first results.

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