Computer Language Websites Popularity, Year 2008

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

While doing my website's traffic report ( Web Traffic Report 2008), i did some research on major computer lang or tech website ranking. Here's a rough ranking of relative popularity of some computing sites:

sitequantcastalexamajor services 15000.1706doc, forum, news 50000.1132doc, forum, news 780.0721doc, forum, news 20.0333news, forum 41.70.0387doc, forum, news 115.70.0288docs, mailing list, news 4290.024mathworld, blog, doc, lib, news, store … 770.01239doc, lib, forum 48.50.00663lib← Me! 120.00392doc, blog 179.90.00361doc, news, … 220.00267lisp bigwig 220.00127Jamie Zawinski; netscape and xemacs celebrity 6.40.00114 ----lisp bigwig 20.00077wiki --0.00049Common Lisp vendor 20.00028Common Lisp doc 20.00025hosting popular book “Practical Common Lisp” 20.00019
Rough ranking of computer language sites. Table data updated on .

The number under quantcast are estimated monthly unique visitors, in thousands, given by . Many are considering US only, and many data are missing.

The number under alexa [ ] is its 3-month average “reach”, defined as percentage of global internet users who visit the site.

In the above table, the last column list some of the services hosted by the site that has major impact on a site's traffic. The items is only of ones i'm aware of.

“doc” means it host language documentation, especially if it is the primary means its coder looks up doc while coding. “forum” means it hosts online discussion forum of some sort, it can also be blog or wiki. “lib” means it is a library archive. “news” means it serves as a news website. Typically, having any one of these services increases a site's traffic a few hundred times.

The list is not that surprising.

Many top ones are due to the popularity of the lang, but also because their site host the lang's documentation and discussion forum (or wiki,blogs). Hosting a web forum are likely to increase traffic some 100 fold. For example, is most popular because it is one of the top 5 most popular language, but also because holds its language documentation in a very convenient searchable way, and is the primary means how php coders read its doc when coding. (as opposed for example, perl or python, where probably most programers use the downloadable version of its documentation.) Similarly, for languages of Java, mysql, and Common Lisp, the doc online are their primary means of doc reading when coding.

When a website provides a forum, or blog, wiki, it also increases its traffic perhaps few hundred times, since these services gets people to participate in discussion, sometimes chatty. Some lang sites provides library archive as a service. Good example is perl's “”, which makes the site one-stop place for coders to search existing code modules. When a website provides news service, it also increases its traffic a few times.

Webdev Sites Comparison

sitealexacomment 0.3621netscape/mozilla home (large site with browser download, JavaScript ref, wiki, bug track, etc) 0.1179pop tutorial and ref site on html, css, js, php, xml… 0.0847web standard 0.00893- 0.00844html tutorial and ref 0.0054javascript and css quirks across browsers
xahlee.org0.0034- 0.00157tutorial and ref on html, css, xml 0.00193html ref 0.00101-

Math Sites Popularity

Here's a rough order of popularity of math sites.

sitequantcastalexacomment 4290.024Mathematica home, mathworld ref, services … 3220.01339college level math forum, math edu issues, … 2700.01073math history 2490.0362Association for Computing Machinery
xahlee.org94.70.00334- 57.60.0037American Mathematical Society 57.70.00185Mathematical Association of America 31.80.00296Misc Math expositons 12.90.00054Recreational math periodical

Most of the site's data are accessed in 2008-04, but some sites may be added later. The purpose is to give a rough idea of their relative popularity. The 2 sites mostly agree in popularity ranking of the sites listed here, but a major differences is their report on “”.

Porn Sites

After the above rankings, one wonders what are the popularity of porn sites. Of course, there's, which is within the world's top 50. But what about the typical porn image sites?


Political Sites

Ok, we've seen about the relative popularity of programing sites, math sites, web dev sites, and porn. What about political sites?

sitealexacomment 0.1746political blog by pro writers 0.1088California state gov 0.0289- 0.01256- 0.00828political blog 0.00732Central Intelligence Agency

Some Social Networking sites

Some social bookmark sites.

sitealexa 0.7271 0.2305 0.0868 0.0264

Misc Sites

sitealexacomment 0.0499math oriented web comics 0.012dark comics strips 0.00384online web comics 0.0019social commentary comedian started from youtube