The April 2006 Survey from Netcraft reports there are now more than 80 million websites on the Internet. They received responses from 80,655,992 sites, an increase of 3.1 million hostnames from March 2006. The web has doubled in size in the past three years, as the survey hit the 40 million mark in April 2003.
Microsoft gained 4.7 percent market share this month, one of the largest one-month swings in the history of the webserver market. Apache on the other hand lost 5.9 percent.
The shift is driven by changes at domain registrar Go Daddy, which has just migrated more than 3.5 million hostnames from Linux to Windows. Go Daddy, which had been the world's largest Linux host, is now the world's largest Windows Server 2003 host, as measured by hostnames. The company said it will shift a total of 4.4 million hostnames to Windows Server 2003.