Microsoft gained the most websites again in April 2014, bringing it the closest it has ever been to Apache’s leading market share, according to the May 2014 Netcraft Web Server survey.
Netcraft received responses from 975,262,468 sites in April, up by 16 million from March.
Apache added 4.3 million sites in the month, however lost market share. Microsoft gained over twice as many sites, and increased its market share by 0.37 percentage points, bringing it to just under 4 percent behind Apache for total number of sites served.
Apache has been the most popular web server for over 18 years.
Among active sites Microsoft also gained modestly on Apache (0.20 percent), as did nginx (0.14 percent).
nginx released versions 1.6.0 and 1.7.0 on April 24, and while it lost sites overall, it was the only company to gain market share amongst the top million sites. nginx may see additional gains going forward from the improved support in the recent Ubuntu 14.04 release.
Use of the new gTLDs increased in April, with Netcraft finding massive adoption of both .email and .berlin. The latter increased in the month from 2 websites to 40,000, despite criticism of the new gTLDs from German news magazine Der Spiegel, which had previously registered its own .berlin domain name.
Microsoft IIS gained 7 million websites, over a third of which were hosted in the North Central US Azure region.