Apache's HTTP server was the web's most popular web server in 2010 beating competition from Microsoft and Google, according to data from web monitoring service Royal Pingdom which examined the growth of the top five web servers from December 2009 to December 2010.
Apache went from hosting 109 million websites in 2009 to almost 152 million by the end of 2010, resulting in almost 43 million new Apache websites in 2010.
Its closest competitor, Microsoft IIS, went from hosting 49 million websites in 2009 to almost 57 million by the end of 2010, resulting in almost 8 million new IIS websites in 2010 and an increase of 16 per cent.
Nginx went from 16.2 to 16.9 million websites in 2010 and Google's web server (primarily for Blogger) went from 14.1 to 14.9 million websites last year. Lighttpd went from 840 thousand to 1.3 million websites.
In terms of market share, Apache now runs 59.4 per cent of sites, Microsoft 22.2 per cent, and Google 5.9 per cent.
According to Royal Pingdom, there were a total of 255 million websites on the internet by the end of last year, an increase of nine per cent.
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