NetCraft: October 2003 survey

Netcraft received responses to its October 2003 survey from 43,700,759 sites. This is 556,385 (about 1.3%) more sites than responded in September, and it represents a new peak in the number of responses received.

October Results
Server No. of
Servers in Use
Market Share No. of Servers
With .com domains
Apache 28,235,972 64.61% 12,553,067
Microsoft-IIS 10,251,874 23.46% 5,759,964
Netscape-Enterprise 1,519,321 3.48% 854,722
Unknown 809,259 1.85% 452,642
Zeus 735,179 1.68% 372,202
Rapidsite 405,883 0.93% 269,641
tigershark 252,669 0.58% 182,755
thttpd 222,385 0.51% 2,983
Lotus Domino 85,636 0.20% 30,019
WebSTAR 75,442 0.17% 42,655
Stronghold 38,535 0.09% 22,405
WebSitePro 38,173 0.09% 20,196
WebSite 26,756 0.06% 15,175
Zope 23,164 0.05% 5,243
WN 15,814 0.04% 2,514
4D_WebSTAR_S 11,172 0.03% 5,590
AOLServer 10,630 0.02% 7,003
Roxen WebServer 8,921 0.02% 4,822
WebLogic 7,662 0.02% 5,122
Enterprise for NetWare 7,441 0.02% 2,138
Netscape FastTrack Server 6,769 0.02% 2,665
Orion 6,501 0.01% 4,019
Sambar 5,935 0.01% 2,286
Xitami 4,499 0.01% 2,295
OmniHTTPd Pro 3,693 0.01% 927
NCSA HTTPd 3,083 0.01% 750

Forrester: Internet usage in the US

In 2000, Forrester counted 43.8 million households that are online. The next year this rose to 58.8 million, and in 2002 the number reached 63.6 million. This year, 67.5 million households will have gone online. Yet while the number of households online has risen steadily, the percentage that buy online is relatively unchanged. Half of those households online in 2000 shopped in that medium. It dropped to 49% in 2001, before rising marginally to 51% in 2002 and this year. Forrester found the number of product categories purchased online has risen from 4.4 in 2000 and 6.6 in 2001 to 7.5 in 2002 and 8.1 this year.

Nielsen: Stickiest brands in August 2003

At Home:

paltalk.com 	7:39:43
AOL 	6:48:54
Fanfiction.net 	5:45:26
Juno Online Services 	4:07:30
Slingo 	3:53:54
Neopets.com 	3:31:29
mIRC 	2:58:44
EA Online 	2:42:57
PlanetOut Partners 	2:40:29
runescape.com 	2:33:25

At Work:

AOL 	9:37:41
Juno Online Services 	4:59:55
Trillian 	4:30:58
Neopets.com 	3:41:48
gamehouse.com 	2:41:14
Yahoo! 	2:37:57
AccuWeather 	1:56:40
MSN 	1:54:44
KaZaA 	1:51:37
EA Online 	1:45:40

Autosearch audience

Nielsen//NetRatings reports that it has improved its audience measurement for search engine sites by reassigning pages that are delivered by default when a user enters a non-existent URL, otherwise known as a Domain AutoSearch error page.The AutoSearch feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer helps users find the content they are seeking more quickly by integrating the search process directly into the browser address bar. When a non-existent URL is entered, users receive a Domain AutoSearch error page served by their preferred searc h engine. In July 2003, the company implemented a definitional change, reassigning Domain AutoSearch error pages to exclude them from the search channel. Nielsen//NetRatings has worked with major search companies to make this enhancement consistent. Updates have been completed with MSN, Yahoo!, Overture, and Netscape.
Table 1: Unduplicated Unique Audience To Search Channels of MSN Search, Yahoo!Search, Overture and Netscape Search

Including Domain AutoSearch Error Pages 80,167,151
Excluding Domain AutoSearch Error Pages 73,604,495
Difference -6,562,656
Difference Percentage -8.2%

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, July 2003, US Home and Work Combined

Broadband surge nets 75% of UK population

The government gave itself a pat on the back yesterday, claiming that its campaign to bring high speed Internet access to the masses has boosted broadband subscriptions to a record 2.3 million British homes and businesses.

According to UK communications minister Stephen Timms, speaking at the Informal Broadband Council in Italy, broadband access in the UK is growing at its fastest rate ever, with 30,000 new subscribers signing up each week.

Quoting figures compiled by Analysys Consulting for the DTI, the minister added that over three quarters of the population can now receive either cable or DSL access. He vowed that, by 2005, Britain would boast the most extensive and competitive broadband market of any G7 nation. In the G7 the UK is currently ranked third for broadband competitiveness, ahead of US but behind Japan and Canada, and fifth in terms of coverage.

EFM Enables Cheap Broadband in Asia Pacific

The worldwide number of residential
Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) subscribers will rise from 2.1 million
in 2002 to 23.9 million in 2007, with most of these subscribers residing
in the Asia Pacific region, reports In-Stat/MDR.

The high-tech market research firm finds that since the end of 2000,
there has been growing momentum for the use of Ethernet in the
residential subscriber access network, owing to Ethernet?s relatively
low cost, simplicity, flexibility, ubiquity and high bandwidth.

Internet usage in the United States

With 68 % of adult residents having Internet access, the Pacific Northwest stood out as the most wired region of the country, according to the Pew project, a private nonprofit effort to track how U.S. online usage is evolving. The Northwest was closely followed by New England, California and what the survey called the National Capital region (Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C.). The increasingly wired Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) also placed well above average, with 64 percent of its residents having online access.

By contrast, southern states ? Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia ? had the lowest overall access rate, at 48 percent. The Lower Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma), fared slightly better, at 55 percent, but still below a national average of 59 percent. Several Rust Belt (dubbed ?Industrial Midwest? by the survey) states ? Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio ? also trailed, as did the Southeast.