What the Web’s Most Popular Sites Are Running On

p. “Royal Pingdom”:http://royal.pingdom.com recently published an article titled “What the Web’s most popular sites are running on”:http://royal.pingdom.com/?p=95 evaluating seven”supersites” – TechCrunch, FeedBurner, iStockPhoto, YouSendIt, Meebo, Vimeo and Alexaholic – on the web and the technologies that back them.

bq. Pingdom performed a survey of these seven “super sites” that focused on web, database and file server numbers and setup, operating systems, bandwidth usage, network hardware and other technical questions relevant to maintaining a site. For those who are interested in the nitty-gritty details there is a PDF matrix with the survey results attached to this article.

The article evaluates Web Servers, Database OS and scripting language and as one would expect, PHP comes out on top as the most popular scripting language.

p. They wrap things up nicely with their cosing thoughts, one of which is this.

bq. It’s worth noting that even among the alternatives, most are open source. Open source rhymes well with the Internet’s focus on standardization, more so now than ever before.

p. It’s a quick read but a good one. They show the trends both entrenched and emerging. If you are interested in keeping up with what others are doing in web development, this is a good article.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.   For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.33, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at http://blog.calevans.com and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP