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A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for other servers located in their data center.
The market size
Web hosting market size was for about $50B (2014) and is predicted to have a 17% growth YoY. By the end of 2015 is predicted to reach $60B and in 2016 to reach $70B. You can take a look at the image below to see the growth of the web hosting market.
image source: 451 Research
The market share
According to the Host Advice’s research results, Go Daddy is in the top of the list with 5.82% of market share amongst worldwide web hosting sites, beating industry giants such as Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. Out of Host Advice’s top ten hosting sites, seven are American companies, one is French, and two are German. Host Advice’s data also indicates that 49.49% of the world’s websites are hosted by a US-based provider.
Facts about the web hosting industry:
- Many non-US companies actually choose American hosting companies
- The top ten hosting companies dominate 20.7% of the market
- The web hosting market is very local in nature. For example, in France, eight out of the top ten hosting websites are French, and similarly with Germany and German companies. In Italy, nine out of the top ten hosting sites are Italian and in smaller markets like the Czech Republic, ten out of the top ten hosting companies are local.
- No company has a monopoly. In most countries the top global companies occupy less than 20% of the market. France is the only exception with OVH dominating 64% of the local market
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