Bath, United Kindom – (The Hosting News) – December 10, 2008 – Internet services company, Netcraft, has developed a dataset which shows the hosting locations of the million busiest websites, as determined by visits from users of the Netcraft Toolbar.
The dataset gives a guide to the market share of companies hosting the sites responsible for the great majority of web traffic, and is uninfluenced by parked domains, personal sites, shared hosting accounts or the majority of blogs. Although the top 1000 sites are concentrated amongst the web superpowers, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and EBay, the hosting locations of the top million sites are widely fragmented, with a little over 3.25% sufficient for top spot.
The dataset is presented in an Excel spreadsheet and provides a variety of different filters and selections. Using the dataset, a hosting company can identify its relative position and closest competitors in each of the top 10,000, 100,000 and million tiers of site traffic, and also by region, country, and operating system.
Included in the information provided, is hosting company share within the top million sites, as well as hosting company share within the top thousand sites. Data for an individual hosting location can be segmented to show the share it has in each order of magnitude band of site traffic, as shown with Google and the market share held by Google within each of the rank ranges.
The dataset does not give access to the underlying web site hostnames. Selections of site details including hostnames, hosting location, operating system, web server software, traffic and content technologies may be purchased separately. Accesses by the Netcraft Toolbar user community are used to determine site traffic rating. Attributing a site to a hosting location requires successful DNS lookup on a siteâ€™s ip address. If a DNS lookup fails then the hosting location will be unknown. The dataset is updated monthly and is available on a company license basis.
Netcraft is an Internet services company based in Bath, England, funded through retained profit and derives its revenue in the following ways: Providing internet security services, including anti-fraud and anti-phishing services, application testing, code reviews, and automated penetration testing. Providing research data and analysis on many aspects of the Internet. Netcraft has explored the Internet since 1995 and is a respected authority on the market share of web servers, operating systems, hosting providers, ISPs, encrypted transactions, electronic commerce, scripting languages and content technologies on the internet. Accepting advertising on the Netcraft web sites. Netcraft has a cosmopolitan client list, spread through the UK, the USA, mainland Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Clients include Aegon, British Telecom, Capita, John Lewis, Lloyds of London, Microsoft, Rackspace, and Securicor.
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