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A survey by Pingdom of seven heavily visited websites found plenty of Apache web servers and PHP coding on their platforms, where Linux carries the platform and MySQL handles the database needs.

Some interesting observations came to the people at uptime monitoring firm Pingdom.

They managed to get seven noteworthy websites to agree to share some details about their infrastructure.

None of them seemed willing to part with an administrator password, oddly enough.

The websites surveyed for the report: TechCrunch, FeedBurner, iStockphoto, YouSendIt, Meebo, Vimeo, and Alexaholic.

They were nearly unanimous with their choice of database backends.

MySQL owned the field, as six of seven sites said they use it. All but Alexaholic run MySQL on Linux; Alexaholic uses Microsoft SQL Server on Windows.

To get pages to their web visitors, five of the seven sites chose Apache, as have the bulk of other websites on the Internet.

Alexaholic runs IIS on Windows, while Meebo has tapped relative newcomer Lighttpd, called ‘Lighty’, for their web serving requirements.

Except for Alexaholic, the other webservers all run on Linux.

“Lighttpd tends to work really well with AJAX-based sites like ours,” said Simon Yeo, director of operations at Meebo, in the blog.

Lighttpd also boasts usage at big-time sites such as YouTube and Wikipedia.

PHP has a place on five of the seven sites, either on its own or in conjunction with other languages like Perl or Java.

Alexaholic’s Ron Hornbaker favored C# .NET, which is in line with his comfort zone, while Meebo primarily has C and C++ in its code.

When asked about his Microsoft favoritism, Hornbaker told Pingdom he’s familiar with the .NET platform.

“I’m most comfortable coding with C#.NET, and this was a personal project,” he said.

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  • http://www.vefirm.com Bay Area Attorney

    Interesting study but I can honestly say that I am not that surprised by the results.  PHP and MySql are so much more flexible and easier to work with.  In the sense of fairness though I am a self-proclaimed "Microsoft hater". ;-)

    Just my two cents


    • http://www.plaxenadler.com Baltimore personal injury attorney

      Yeah, its very interesting study but are you really not surprised by the results? I know for a fact that PHP is more flexible and easy to work with but i can not agree so much on MySql.

  • http://shopbuzzed.com/B000XJLSKY/Ubuntu-7-10-PC-Edition.html Ubuntu

    That’s cool.  I use mySQL for all my websites.  It’s great!

    • http://mikecrabe.wordpress.com/ Mike Crabe

      I agree I use it almost for everything, I am using wordpress as my CMS

  • http://forums.usanetwork.com/index.php?showuser=75445 Guest

    thanks! i wasted a good part of yesterday until i found this article.

  • http://www.google.com/notebook/public/13925590165897262561/BDSIKQgoQmsLrpJsj Jill

    thanks! i wasted a good part of yesterday until i found this article.

  • http://www.ftlauderdaleinjurylaw.com Fort Lauderdale Lawyer

    Wow interesting.  I actually prefer php.  Just seems a lot easier for me. 



  • http://www.discrimlaw.net Philadelphia discrimination

    Very interesting study.  Quality read.  PHP and MySql are very flexible and easier to work with.  I agree with Jeff and Mark.


    • http://tombillips.com/ Tom

      I agree, very interesting study, but I dont like PHP and MySql but I know they are necessary on the Internet right now.

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    I wasted my whole day yesterday trying to figure this stuff out.  I’m glad i found this today its benn a big help.


  • Felix

    Of course most people use Linux, Apache, PHP and MySQL. It’s your typical server setup. Is that something new? Plus, why waste money on Windows when you can get something free and better?

    It was interesting to know that Meebo uses C/C++, I always wondered what kind of tehnology they use server-side :)

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    Well Apache, that seems to me like a great choice. Nice study BTW.

  • http://www.probatelawlv.com Las Vegas Probate

    When it comes to database and server systems for our organization we “follow the light” – LAMP


    These are the requirements we look for in a provider as they provide the most scalability.

  • http://www.chamberlainlawoffice.com New Hampshire Injury Lawyer

    Ya, most companies love linux because its just reliable. what are you guys use?

  • http://productreviewsby.me/ muffin9129

    Thanks for this list. It is nice to hear what the best of the best are using. I personally like Linux for its reliability. I am not a big fan of Windows, and it seems a lot of people would agree. Thanks for the post, it is greatly appreciated!

  • http://www.24-7bookie.com/ Pat.R

    This is awesome advice for someone like me who is new to all of this, and I hate Windows so anything that gets me off of it, I appreciate. Thanks for this.

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    grr, I definitely am no tech wiz, and I stink at this kind of stuff!

  • http://www.internalhealthtoday.com Teeth Whiten

    Yeah I think it is mandatory to use WP as your CMS. Very easy to use…

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  • http://www.warriorforum.com/members/snesemulators.html Shawna Fedler

    Brilliant blog, enojyed reading over it. cheers.

  • http://www.steinberglawgroup.com/guardianship/ Las Vegas Guardianship Attorney

    We’re on the same page. LAMP all the way. Linux just makes more sense.

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