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Based on a popular visitor request, starting April 25, 2011 we will be taking orders on a new ViMP Hosting location in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


The ISP for this region will be one the industries oldest and reputable budget service providers - BurstNET.


While you will notice that prices are still in Euros, the USA line offers twice the resources we are able to offer in Germany. This includes more RAM, Traffic, Hard Drive Space and a unique Seo class IP even with shared packages. 


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Nginx Cherokee



Hello everyone,


I know that many webmasters are thinking of how to make there websites load faster, how to decrease the load on their servers and the common things we do is try to optimize our servers, implement caching solutions, optimize other back-end software such as MySQL. But how important is the server performance itself?


For today's blog post I would like to see how 3 actively developed web servers could perform out of the box running a PHP and MySQL CMS on my test server.


The three server candidates are Nginx, Cherokee and Lighttpd web servers.


To perform our benchmark tests we will be using Loadimpact free service that supports up to 50 simultaneous connections.



Test environment


I have used a Virtual Server test box with the following parameters:


Virtualization: OpenVZ

RAM: 512MB

CPU: 4 cores @ 2.8Ghz

OS: CentOS 5


Installed servers


Nginx 0.8.54
Cherokee 1.0.20
Apache 2.2.3
Lighttpd 1.4.26-2


Wordpress-like CMS running on PHP and MySQL with loaded demo content.

No optimization has been made to the standard applications.





Before running the load tests here is how I thought this servers would line up:


1. Nginx - Runet's popular web server choice.

2. Cherokee - It's active development and the idea of a "very fast" server should put it in the second place.

3. Lighttpd - It wouldn't be "light" and preferred over Apache if it wouldn't perform well?

4. Apache - The King is dead. Long live the King!


Now lets see the benchmark results:




Nginx Cherokee Lighttpd Apache 1 Apache 2
Nginx Benchmark Cherokee Benchmark Lighttpd Benchmark Apache Benchmark Apache Benchmark


1. Nginx - Ah! Now that is an impressive result! It seems that Loadimpact was just not able to give it any challenge at all, while slowly the load does increase over the number of concurrent connections Nginx just keeps on serving content like nothing important is happening and the load difference is only 15% at 10-50 simultaneous connections.


2. Cherokee -  Disappointing! I was able to find that Cherokee 0.3 dates back to December 29, 2002. So the project developers had more then enough time to make something impressive and looking at their release log, it shows that the server is being actively developed over 2010-2011. I might be wrong as I haven't been a sys-admin in 2003, but maybe it took the fate of Apache?

What was once a "very fast" server, is now just a bulk of server software that is no longer impressive?  44% in load increase from 10-50 simultaneous connections.


3. Lighttpd - While the 10 connections test was somewhat close to Nginx performance at 50 connections, the benchmarks date should be given some credit . And if we take a look at the load difference from 10-50 Simultaneous connections it is only 10%! And that is awesome! While I have never given enough credit to Lighttpd server for it's slow development and release schedule compared to Nginx, this benchmark has opened my eyes and I can say it is still a worthy opponent to Nginx web server.


4. Apache - Who killed my pig? recourse Telling the truth, I didn't expect such a bad performance from Apache web server. While the result didn't shock me, I did make a second test to make sure that Loadimpact didn't give me a bad result due to their service load. Guess what? It died exactly the same way in a test that was recorded 2 days later. The difference in load from 10-20 simultaneous connections is around 44%.


Apache is build so it can "chew" anything it is "fed" with. There is no point to comment it's development and release schedule. In the first place I didn't even want to include Apache into the server comparison, but I am happy that I did. I think it clearly shows that if we could run all our websites and applications under web servers like Nginx and Lighttpd we could finally say good bye to Apache. It had it's glory days and I think it's time to let the King rest in peace!





If you are a webmaster, most likely you have seen log files of Netcraft bot browsing your websites. One of the statistics that Netcraft collects is your server version.


On February 15 Netcraft has published it's latest web survey results:


In the February 2011 survey we received responses from 284,842,077 sites.

Apache saw the largest increase in terms of both market share and absolute growth this month, with 9.6M new hostnames equating to a 1 percentage point increase in market share. This continues the general upward trend seen for Apache since January last year. The most significant increase occurred in the United States, where 7M new Apache hostnames were recorded. Once again, significant contributions to Apache's increase were seen at AmeriNOC (4.6M) and Softlayer Inc (1.3M). Apache also made a net gain of 817k hostnames in the Netherlands as the result of a 1.3M increase at Axoft Group.

nginx and lighttpd also made gains this month, although lighttpd's market share remained static as a result of the increases detected for the other major web server vendors.

Microsoft and Google both lost hostnames and market share this month. Microsoft's most significant loss came in Germany, with a 239k drop. This came as a result of 237k fewer hostnames being recorded at Kabel Deutschland.


Total Sites Across All Domains

August 1995 - February 2011

Market Share for Top Servers

Across All Domains 

August 1995 - February 2011

Total Sites Across All Domains Market Share for Top Servers Across All Domains August 1995 - February 2011

Totals for Active Servers

Across All Domains
June 2000 - February 2011

Market Share for Top Servers

Across the Million Busiest Sites

 September 2008 - February 2011

Totals for Active Servers Across All Domains June 2000 - February 2011 Market Share for Top Servers Across the Million Busiest Sites September 2008 - February 2011



While Apache is still a leading web server on the market and sadly still getting more attention then it should, I am happy to see a very steady growth in popularity of Nginx server over the past years.


Even if developers and webmasters are using it as a front-end server to Apache with server management software like ISPmanager. It shows the flexibility of the server and ability to lower the maximum load a server can take, resulting in IT savings. With first release on October 4, 2004 now Nginx serves at least 8.7m active domains and has an 8.4% active domains share.


Sadly the second best web server - Lighttpd that has performed incredibly well in our benchmark only serves 0.6m active domains and has 0.6% of the active domains share. While I wasn't able to digg up the reason why this server was never picked up by the webmasters community, Wikipedia mentions it running very popular Internet websites!


Lighttpd is used by a number of high-traffic websites, among them Meebo and YouTube. Wikimedia runs Lighttpd servers as does SourceForge. Three of the most famous torrent listing websites, The Pirate Bay, Mininova and isoHunt, which have more than 1,000 hits per second, also use Lighttpd. Lighttpd currently holds fifth place on the Netcraft "Web Server Survey" (November 2010).


Let's hope that developers will not let their hands down and will keep improving the performance of their product and maybe Lighttpd server market share will increase in the future.


I also had high hopes for Cherokee project development, watching their release schedule we can see that it is under active development, but it's performance is just not impressive when we compare it to Nginx or Lighttpd web servers. It might do better for other stuff like streaming or even running Ruby on Rails applications, but this web server shouldn't be considered for PHP and MySQL applications. Despite Cherokee 0.3 dating back 2002, Netcraft doesn't bother to record the market share for this web server and lists it under "other" category.


Finally, I'm amazed to see Apache simply die out in both of the tests that I have performed. While I have picked a very popular and well written CMS with as low as 3 MySQL queries to generate a page, the result of Apache benchmark was surely unpredictable. Loadimpact has a 20 connection limit where it simply stops a test if it considers that a website might be overloaded in order prevent abuse of the third party services. Sadly according to Netcraft, people just don't want to let go of this server and awesome software like ViMP is still being developed solely for Apache.


For me this benchmark is a clear proof that developers should try to pick up Nginx or Lighttpd web servers for their products. Both servers are very easy to deploy and while they might not offer such important modules like mod_rewrite with directory rules, they have their internal modules that are able to generate FURLS (friendly urls) that are so important this days. The only thing the software developers should understand that by making their software compatible with light servers, they are able to offer greater functionality for there products without worrying about them generating high server loads (a very important factor for products that are meant for general audience and that will end up running on shared servers). This way the developed products would perform better with large databases and would be able to serve a larger audience while their clients could lower their IT costs by picking up virtually dedicated servers instead of requiring them to be used only on a powerful dedicated servers.





Nginx server homepage

Cherokee project homepage

Lighttpd server homepage

Apache server homepage

Netcraft February 2011 web server survey

Loadimpact service homepage


Last note: While I do believe that the minimum and maximum load averages shouldn't be taken to seriously, I do believe that this tests have showed server stability or instability and it allows you to do percentile load comparison from 10-50 connection and in case of Apache... for 10-20 connections. lol


Hope you liked the blog post!





CloudFlareGreetings dear readers,


Starting March 14, 2011 thanks to CloudFlare Inc services Whisperdale Network will be reachable from 5 CDN (Content Delivery Network)  servers - San Jose, CA; Tokyo, JP; Chicago, IL; Ashburn, VA; Amsterdam, NL.


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Also as most of you have noticed we had our "silent launch" of 2 new services. ViMP Hosting and KVM Virtual Private Server line.


Both hosting services are managed and will be located in Europe's most prestigious data center Hetzner Online AG.


Whisperdale Network is the first ever provider to offer an affordable managed KVM servers and ViMP Hosting services to general public.


When ordering any of this services use coupon code Launch and receive a Free Setup. Offer valid until March 31, 2011.


And a special offer for ViMP Hosting clients - Free ViMP HD Module, when placing an order just mention this announcement. feel


Finally if you have any questions regarding our new services feel free to contact us with your questions.






On 2010-01-15 ViMP GmbH announced their official hosting packages with 3 months duration of contract and 30 days cancellation period.


ViMP GmbH official hosting prices


We have made quite a few new clients since we started offering ViMP Framework Hosting and we have been doing custom packages until this day, but now we also looking to provide a cheaper VPS based alternative for new clients. We will be providing hosting with the same company that ViMP GmbH is offering to their clients.


Follow us next week as we will announce a month to month hosting solution with no setup fees and no contracts for people looking to start using ViMP Framework!


Kind regards,

S. Dmitrij


Vimp Hosting

Dear readers and clients,



We would like to add a new service to our portfolio, ViMP Community Hosted Edition.


ViMP is the professional Media CMS for Web TV, Social Media portals and Video Communities.
ViMP has been designed especially for high traffic portals, high resolution videos and web TV platforms with a strong coverage.


We offer two server locations: Europe and USA.


Our pricing will be made based on geographical server location (different data centers).


Whisperdale Network currently offers only managed solution for ViMP Hosting that includes:


1) Initial CMS installation

2) Official updates from ViMP GmbH

3) Paid modules installation


Click here to read more about ViMP and our Multimedia solutions.




S. Dmitrij




Whisperdale Network would like to announce it's 2 new services.

Starting today we are now offering Social Media and Localization services.


With localization services (L10N) we believe a client can open a totally new market for his product or website. With the addition of our smart ad-campaigns reaching a totally new segment can be just as simple as reaching your local community.

With Social Media we will help our clients select their target audience and the most efficient means of communication with them. A recommended communities include management of Facebook pages and Twitter profiles. Keeping them updated with news and special promotions is proven to increase online sales of many businesses.


Have any questions? Don't hesitate to contact us.



S. Dmitrij



Hello everyone,


We are happy to announce the redesign of our website. We felt that the old website wasn't keeping up with today's standards. The new CMS is much more robust for backend administrators, as well as frontend users. Themes have a clear template logic and are easy to modify. Heavy AJAX use, native SEO features, embed audio and video players make this CMS a great choice for publishing news and other content on the web.



S. Dmitrij