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Web Technologies of the Year 2019

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 January 2020 in News, AddToAny, Advertising Networks, Amazon, Amazon CloudFront, Bootstrap, CDNJS, Cloudflare, Content Delivery, Content Management, DigiCert Group, Endurance Group, Facebook Pixel, Fastly, GoDaddy Group, Google, Google Ads, Google Servers, Google Tag Manager, Hotjar, IdenTrust, JavaScript Libraries, JQuery, JsDelivr, LiteSpeed, Matomo Tag Manager, Node.js, OpenX, Operating Systems, Popper, Python, Reverse Proxies, Ruby, Scala, Server-side Languages, Shopify, Social Widgets, SSL Certificate Authorities, Tag Managers, Traffic Analysis Tools, Unix, Unpkg, VKontakte, Web Hosting, Web Servers, WhatsApp, Wix, WordPress, Yandex.Direct, Yandex.Metrica

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, 2019 with the corresponding number on January 1st, 2020. 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 2019


Content Management System of the Year 2019

  WordPress  

WordPress, what else, one is tempted to say. More than one third of all websites use it, more than all other CMSs in our surveys combined. It is the fastest growing content management system for the 10th year in a row. Runners-up are Shopify, the most popular hosted e-commerce system, and Wix coming in third just like last year.

Result 2019

1. WordPress
2. Shopify
3. Wix

Winners of previous years

2019  WordPress
2018  WordPress
2017  WordPress
2016  WordPress
2015  WordPress
2014  WordPress
2013  WordPress
2012  WordPress
2011  WordPress
2010  WordPress



Server-side Programming Language of the Year 2019

  Ruby  

Ruby could repeat its victory from last year, benefiting greatly from the popularity of Shopify, which is written in Ruby. Similarly, second-ranked Scala benefited from the increasing popularity of Wix. Python is third, growing steadily throughout the year.

Result 2019

1. Ruby
2. Scala
3. Python

Winners of previous years

2019  Ruby
2018  Ruby
2017  PHP
2016  PHP
2015  Java
2014  PHP
2013  PHP
2012  PHP
2011  PHP
2010  PHP



JavaScript Library of the Year 2019

  Bootstrap  

Bootstrap is winning the JavaScript library category for the 4th year in a row. Popper is now used by 2% of all websites, more that doubling its user base in 2019. jQuery is the most used JavaScript library by far and its usage is still growing, albeit slower than in previous years.

Result 2019

1. Bootstrap
2. Popper
3. jQuery

Winners of previous years

2019  Bootstrap
2018  Bootstrap
2017  Bootstrap
2016  Bootstrap
2015  jQuery
2014  jQuery
2013  jQuery
2012  jQuery
2011  jQuery



Web Server of the Year 2019

  LiteSpeed  

LiteSpeed dethroned Nginx as the fastest growing web server of the year, now being used by 5.5% of all websites. Nginx is still gaining users, but in 2019 we decided that Cloudflare Server now deserves its own entry in the web server survey, as it moved away from its Nginx roots. That reduced the Nginx market share by more than 10%. Node.js is second this year, after a third place last year. Google Servers, used by the various Google-based sites, reached a third place.

Result 2019

1. LiteSpeed
2. Node.js
3. Google Servers

Winners of previous years

2019  LiteSpeed
2018  Nginx
2017  Nginx
2016  Nginx
2015  Nginx
2014  Nginx
2013  Nginx
2012  Nginx
2011  Nginx
2010  Nginx



Operating System of the Year 2019

  Unix  

Unix, which includes Unix-like systems such as Linux, is our operating system of the year for the second year in a row. None of the individual Linux distribution or other operating systems gained users this year, so the 2nd and 3rd place are not awarded.

Result 2019

1. Unix

Winners of previous years

2019  Unix
2018  Unix
2017  Ubuntu
2016  Ubuntu
2015  Ubuntu
2014  Debian
2013  Ubuntu
2012  Ubuntu
2011  Ubuntu
2010  Windows



Web Hosting Provider of the Year 2019

  Google  

The Google Cloud service is the fastest growing web hosting provider for the first time. The Endurance Group with its various brands came in second after winning this category last year. Amazon, the winner of 2016, ranks third this year.

Result 2019

1. Google
2. Endurance Group
3. Amazon

Winners of previous years

2019  Google
2018  Endurance Group
2017  GoDaddy Group
2016  Amazon



Reverse Proxy Provider of the Year 2019

  Cloudflare  

Cloudflare is the reverse proxy provider of the year for the 4th time in a row and completely dominates this category with more than 80% market share. Amazon CloudFront and Fastly come in second and third, just like last two years.

Result 2019

1. Cloudflare
2. Amazon CloudFront
3. Fastly

Winners of previous years

2019  Cloudflare
2018  Cloudflare
2017  Cloudflare
2016  Cloudflare



SSL Certificate Authority of the Year 2019

  IdenTrust  

IdenTrust, which is often used as root certificate for Let's Encrypt, is now used by 36.8% of all websites, and is the SSL Certificate Authority of the Year for the 3rd time in a row. DigiCert Group comes in second this year, and GoDaddy Group is third.

Result 2019

1. IdenTrust
2. DigiCert Group
3. GoDaddy Group

Winners of previous years

2019  IdenTrust
2018  IdenTrust
2017  IdenTrust
2016  Comodo
2015  Comodo
2014  GlobalSign
2013  GlobalSign



JavaScript Content Delivery Network of the Year 2019

  CDNJS  

CDNJS is the fastest growing JavaScript content delivery network for the 4th time in a row. It is now used by more than 10% of all websites. jsDelivr and unpkg come in second and third, just like last year.

Result 2019

1. CDNJS
2. jsDelivr
3. unpkg

Winners of previous years

2019  CDNJS
2018  CDNJS
2017  CDNJS
2016  CDNJS
2015  Google Hosted Libraries
2014  jQuery CDN
2013  jQuery CDN



Traffic Analysis Tool of the Year 2019

  Yandex.Metrica  

Yandex.Metrica is winning the traffic analysis category for the second time after winning in 2013. Facebook Pixel is second, and Hotjar is third. The dominating Google Analytics actually lost a bit of market share this year.

Result 2019

1. Yandex.Metrica
2. Facebook Pixel
3. Hotjar

Winners of previous years

2019  Yandex.Metrica
2018  Google Analytics
2017  WordPress Jetpack
2016  Google Analytics
2015  Google Analytics
2014  Google Analytics
2013  Yandex.Metrica
2012  Google Analytics
2011  Google Analytics
2010  Google Analytics



Advertising Network of the Year 2019

  Google Ads  

Google has an astonishing 96.2% market share in the advertising network category, and also keeps being the fastest growing ad network. Rank two goes to OpenX, and rank three goes to Yandex.Direct.

Result 2019

1. Google Ads
2. OpenX
3. Yandex.Direct

Winners of previous years

2019  Google Ads
2018  Google Ads
2017  Amazon Associates
2016  PopAds
2015  Google Ads
2014  Google Ads
2013  AdRoll
2012  DoubleClick
2011  Google AdSense



Tag Manager of the Year 2019

  Google Tag Manager  

With a tag manager market share of 99.1%, Google Tag Manager keeps growing, primarily by gaining users that didn't use any tag manager before. The only competitor that was growing in 2019 is Matomo Tag Manager, ranking second in that category.

Result 2019

1. Google Tag Manager
2. Matomo Tag Manager

Winners of previous years

2019  Google Tag Manager
2018  Google Tag Manager
2017  Google Tag Manager
2016  Google Tag Manager
2015  Google Tag Manager
2014  Google Tag Manager



Social Widget of the Year 2019

  WhatsApp  

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is the fastest growing social widget for the first time. Runner-up is last years winner AddToAny, and third comes VKontakte, the winner of 2016.

Result 2019

1. WhatsApp
2. AddToAny
3. VKontakte

Winners of previous years

2019  WhatsApp
2018  AddToAny
2017  AddToAny
2016  VKontakte
2015  Twitter
2014  Twitter
2013  Pinterest
2012  Facebook




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

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