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Web Hosting Outlook for 2017 and Beyond

by Craig McConnel (writer), Gilbert Arizona, January 25, 2017

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The world of web hosting is filled with colocation, cloud servers and datacenter farms in mountains. Whats on deck for 2017?

The internet is a constant state of expansion, and the year 2016 was a clear example of this ongoing enlargement. First of all, 2016 was the first full year of IPv6 adoption (see colocation statistics), which greatly amplifies the size and capacity of the internet to accommodate new devices and web directories that need their own uniform resource locator. Second, researchers compiling web hosting statistics for 2017 believe that there will be more internet traffic this years than the sum of all previous years.

A Connected World

As of late 2015, internet penetration was estimated to be around 40 percent on a global basis. With the rapid growth of smartphones and other mobile technologies that make the web more accessible, we could see a 50 percent internet penetration by the end of this decade.

The Asian continent will probably reach a 50 percent rate of internet penetration this year. As expected, China boasts the higher number of internet users, which is estimated to be 640 million or nearly 22 percent of users worldwide.

Amazingly, the highest rate of internet penetration within a sovereign territory can be found in the island of Bermuda, where 97 percent of the population has reasonable access to the internet. It is more difficult to quantify daily activity due to the social media explosion; however, it is worth mentioning that nearly three million blog posts are published on a daily basis.

Web Hosting Statistics for 2017

As of early 2017, the biggest name in web hosting is Amazon, which handles nearly 7.5 million websites, mostly through Amazon Web Services. A new and autonomous hosting service within Amazon, known as the Elastic Load Balancing Cloud, handles 2.8 million sites.

Dedicated hosting providers handle the bulk of websites with more than 49 million online directories. It is interesting to note that Microsoft is catching up to Google and GoDaddy through its Office 365 ecosystem, which encourages business users to host their sites through technologies such as Azure, Exchange and SharePoint.

The top level domain .com still rules the web with nearly 124 million registrations, which are often changing hands. As of 2017, .com still accounted for about half of all domain name registrations.

Active websites will likely top the one billion mark in 2017. Interestingly enough, this statistic was reached once before in 2014. The Internet of Things has quickly surpassed the amount of human traffic on the web. In 2017, 60 percent of web traffic will not be initiated by people.

In terms of web servers, Apache is the absolute leader with 39 percent, followed by Linux and Windows. The most popular content management system continues to be WordPress a Boston based cloud provider, and this is unlikely to change in 2017 unless a new Android starts a trend in web publishing via smartphones. At this time, most smartphone users publish through major online social networks.

In the end, 2017 will be another major year for web hosting in terms of expansion; this is a trend that is expected to continue over the next few years.

About the Writer

Craig McConnel is founder and CEO of Webspand, a Phoenix-based SEO agency. He is an experienced SEO strategist and Google Adwords PPC expert. He is also one of the top 3 link building experts in the USA and manages the paid search for the digital marketing agency, Digital Current.
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