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Web Technologies of the Year 2016

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 3 January 2017 in News, AddToAny, Adobe DTM, Advertising Networks, Akamai, Amazon, Amazon CloudFront, Bootstrap, CDNJS, CentOS, CloudFlare, Comodo, Content Delivery, Content Management, Erlang, ExoClick, Google, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Host Europe, IdenTrust, JavaScript, JavaScript Libraries, JQuery, JQuery CDN, JsDelivr, Let’s Encrypt, Media.net, Modernizr, Nginx, Node.js, Operating Systems, PHP, PopAds, Reverse Proxies, Server-side Languages, Shopify, Social Widgets, Squarespace, SSL Certificate Authorities, Starfield, Tag Managers, Tomcat, Traffic Analysis Tools, Ubuntu, VKontakte, Web Hosting, Web Servers, WhatsApp, Windows, WordPress, WordPress Jetpack, Yahoo Tag Manager, Yandex.Metrika

Summary:

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

To identify the winners in the various web technology categories, we compared the number of sites using a technology on January 1st, 2016 with the corresponding number on January 1st, 2017. We use the difference of these numbers, rather than a percentage, because that would favor technologies with a tiny user base at the beginning of the year. As in all our surveys, we restrict the numbers to the top 10 million sites, see technology surveys for more details.

 

These are the technologies that gained most sites in 2016


Content Management System of the Year 2016

  WordPress  

WordPress continues to be the dominating content management system with 58.5% market share. It is the fastest growing content management system for the 7th year in a row. Second place goes to Shopify, which started the year at rank #11 and moved up to rank #8. Squarespace comes third in that list showing steady growth throughout the year.

Result 2016

1. WordPress
2. Shopify
3. Squarespace
 

Winners of previous years

2016  WordPress
2015  WordPress
2014  WordPress
2013  WordPress
2012  WordPress
2011  WordPress
2010  WordPress



Server-side Programming Language of the Year 2016

  PHP 

PHP has a market share of 82.4% and is still growing, after a year of losing the title to Java. The fact that 7 out of the 10 most popular content management systems are written in PHP certainly helps. JavaScript is a well-established server-side technology by now, as the second-fastest growing language just like last year. Erlang as a surprising third is used by 0.1% of all websites and is growing faster than most other languages.

Result 2016

1. PHP
2. JavaScript
3. Erlang
 

Winners of previous years

2016  PHP
2015  Java
2014  PHP
2013  PHP
2012  PHP
2011  PHP
2010  PHP



JavaScript Library of the Year 2016

  Bootstrap 

Bootstrap is the fastest growing JavaScript library for the first time, switching places with jQuery, which dominated that list in the last five years. Bootstrap is now used by 1 out of 7 websites, while jQuery may be near a saturation point at 71.9%. Modernizr comes in as a strong third in that category.

Result 2016

1. Bootstrap
2. jQuery
3. Modernizr
 

Winners of previous years

2016  Bootstrap
2015  jQuery
2014  jQuery
2013  jQuery
2012  jQuery
2011  jQuery



SSL Certificate Authority of the Year 2016

  Comodo 

Comodo had another very good year. It is used now by 13.2% of all websites, up from 7.2% a year ago. That increase was even more than IdenTrust, the certificate authority which is often used as root certificate for Let's Encrypt. Third is GoDaddy Group, primarily due to the strong growth of its subsidiary Starfield.

Result 2016

1. Comodo
2. IdenTrust
3. GoDaddy Group

Winners of previous years

2016  Comodo
2015  Comodo
2014  GlobalSign
2013  GlobalSign



Social Widget of the Year 2016

  VKontakte 

The Russian VKontakte share button became the fastest growing social widget for the first time. Runner-up is AddToAny, repeating its success from last year. Third is the WhatsApp share button, which could more than double its market share.

Result 2016

1. VKontakte
2. AddToAny
3. WhatsApp

Winners of previous years

2016  VKontakte
2015  Twitter
2014  Twitter
2013  Pinterest
2012  Facebook



JavaScript Content Delivery Network of the Year 2016

  CDNJS 

CDNJS saw an impressive growth in 2016, stronger than any competitor. It is now used by 3.9% of the web and it became a serious contender to Google Hosted Libraries. jQuery CDN came in second, just ahead of jsDelivr.

Result 2016

1. CDNJS
2. jQuery CDN
3. jsDelivr

Winners of previous years

2016  CDNJS
2015  Google Hosted Libraries
2014  jQuery CDN
2013  jQuery CDN



Traffic Analysis Tool of the Year 2016

  Google Analytics  

The top 3 traffic analysis tools are also the ones with the strongest growth rates: Google Analytics, ahead of Yandex.Metrika and WordPress Jetpack. Very much a repeat of the last two years.

Result 2016

1. Google Analytics
2. Yandex.Metrika
3. WordPress Jetpack

Winners of previous years

2016  Google Analytics
2015  Google Analytics
2014  Google Analytics
2013  Yandex.Metrika
2012  Google Analytics
2011  Google Analytics
2010  Google Analytics



Advertising Network of the Year 2016

  PopAds 

The large advertising networks lost some market share to the smaller ones in 2016. PopAds is the winner in that category after they moved up to rank #6. The second-ranked ExoClick has established itself at rank #4 and keeps growing fast. The third-ranked Media.net is not yet in the top 10, but at their current growth rate they could make it soon.

Result 2016

1. PopAds
2. ExoClick
3. Media.net

Winners of previous years

2016  PopAds
2015  Google Ads
2014  Google Ads
2013  AdRoll
2012  DoubleClick
2011  Google AdSense



Tag Manager of the Year 2016

  Google Tag Manager  

Google keeps dominating the tag manager category with 92.6% market share and with the highest growth rate in 2016. Adobe DTM, comes second, and Yahoo Tag Manager comes third, each with a clear increase of its user base.

Result 2016

1. Google Tag Manager
2. Adobe DTM
3. Yahoo Tag Manager

Winners of previous years

2016  Google Tag Manager
2015  Google Tag Manager
2014  Google Tag Manager



Web Server of the Year 2016

  Nginx  

Nginx is the web server of the year for the 7th year in a row. 32.1% of all sites and 57.3% of the top 10,000 sites use Nginx. Node.js has been growing steadily throughout the years, and is second in this year's ranking. Tomcat is third, repeating last year's result.

Result 2016

1. Nginx
2. Node.js
3. Tomcat

Winners of previous years

2016  Nginx
2015  Nginx
2014  Nginx
2013  Nginx
2012  Nginx
2011  Nginx
2010  Nginx



Operating System of the Year 2016

  Ubuntu 

Ubuntu is the web operating system of the year, winning that title for the fifth time in the last six years. It is used now by 12.9% of all sites, up from 11% one year ago. Second this year is Windows which saw many ups and downs throughout the years. Third is CentOS, which regained some market share among Linux distributions.

Result 2016

1. Ubuntu
2. Windows
3. CentOS

Winners of previous years

2016  Ubuntu
2015  Ubuntu
2014  Debian
2013  Ubuntu
2012  Ubuntu
2011  Ubuntu
2010  Windows



Web Hosting Provider of the Year 2016

  Amazon 

Amazon is the web hosting provider of the year, increasing its market share from 4.0% to 4.6% in 2016. Google is second, moving up to rank #6 in the web hosting category. The French OVH comes in third.

Result 2016

1. Amazon
2. Google
3. OVH

 


Reverse Proxy Provider of the Year 2016

  CloudFlare 

CloudFlare is the dominating content network provider with 71.5% market share and the highest growth rate in that category. Akamai, which dominates the high-end sector of that industry is second in growth rate. Amazon also makes it in the top 3 with its CloudFront offering

Result 2016

1. CloudFlare
2. Akamai
3. Amazon CloudFront

 



Congratulations to all the awardees for their extraordinary achievements in the last year.
 

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