Amounts listed are on a "per week" basis. "None" means that the site does not allow advertising.
Over three quarters (76.6%) of the webmasters who responded administer a site which does not
allow advertising. The largest category of those who do allow advertising (12.3%) charge under $50
This was a new question for the Fifth survey. Respondents were allowed to mark more than one
The most commonly cited feature was performance (83.7%) followed by ease of administration (74.6%)
and price (56.5%). The features that were least frequently cited as important were having access to
source code (22.2%), virtual hosting (28.7%), and cataloging (29.1%) and these percentages are still
This was a new question for the Fifth survey, and respondents could select more than one
The server that the highest percentage plan to operate in the next 6 months is Netscape's
NetSite (36.5%) followed by WebSTAR (28.6%) and Apache (23.1%).
Compared to what webmasters said they were currently using (Types
of Servers), webmasters plan to use more Apache, Microsoft, NetSite, and WebSTAR servers. They
plan to use less CERN, MacHTTP, and NCSA servers.
The percentage of webmasters who replied that they operate a proxy has grown since the fourth
survey from 16.7% to 20.0% in the fifth survey. The percentage of European webmasters operating
a proxy is even higher: 33.6%.
The percentage of webmasters mirroring other sites has grown slightly as well: from 11.8% in
the fourth survey, to 13.4% in the fifth.
This question has changed somewhat from the fourth survey where respondents could mark only one
answer. For the fifth, they could mark more than one.
The most popular server is Netscape's Netsite (30.3%), followed closely by NCSA (25.5%) and WebSTAR (24.7%).
The least popular overall are: BESTWWWD (0.4%), WinHTTP (1.7%), and HTTPS (5.3%).
European respondents reported more use of all the different kinds of servers execpt MacHTTP and WebSTAR.
There was a dramatic difference in usage (with Europeans reporting much higher usage) for BESTWWWD, CERN,
WebSite, and WinHTTP.