This month saw a significant decline in the number of sites that use Apache and Microsoft IIS, with the two servers seeing a combined loss of more than five million hostnames.
On the other hand, nginx saw an 12.85 percent increase in market share in January with 1.4 million more hostnames than December.
The large gain in hostnames positions nginx as one of the most popular web servers, putting it within less than 500 individual sites as Microsoft IIS, which also has just under 13 percent of market share.
Tengine, an nginx derivative maintained by Chinese e-tailer Taobao, is now used on almost 4 million hostnames.
Meanwhile, Taobao’s parent company, Alibaba, has the second largest number of hostnames in China, claiming more than 11 percent of the hostnames in China.
Though China accounts for 19 percent of the world’s population, only 5.8 percent of the world’s websites are hosted in China.
Microsoft continues to lead China with 38 percent of Chinese-hosted sites using IIS, followed by 26 percent using Apache, and 1 percent using nginx, which is significantly above-average.
In the report, Netcraft also notes that Taobao attracts the second highest number of phishing attacks behind Facebook.
The web analytics company is currently blocking nearly six thousand URLs targeting Taobao customers.
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