Comparing Perl, Python, Ruby and PHP

You know I like useless statistics, right? So here are some:

Comparing the ranking of Perl, Python, Ruby, and PHP related web sites.

Once every few months I check the Alexa ranking of a bunch of sites that interest me on some level. Actually I track more than what you can see here, but this will be interesting to you. I promise.

(na means either I have not checked the site or Alexa did not give me an answer for that site.)

It is interesting to see the movements.

PHP

PHP is falling! PHP is falling!

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
php.net251330347
drupal.org491664683

Sure, but if we compare to the web sites of the other languages...

Python

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
python.org4,4264,3444,696
djangoproject.com18,17113,57116,126
learnpythonthehardway.org70,07880,94261,412

Ruby

Looking at the numbers of Railscasts while thinking I'd like to copy that model. Wow, that must be a lot of traffic. Is there enough interest in Perl for that? Can I generate more interest?

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
rubyonrails.org11,00612,33913,020
railscasts.comnana14,424
ruby-lang.org24,81630,55331,229
rubyinside.com78,906122,712131,011

Weekly newsletters

These are not that interesting numbers as probably most people read the newsletter in their mail client and don't visit the site. (In the case of the Perl Weekly about 200 people visit the site on the day when the newsletter is publish out of the 4,400 subscribers.

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
web-design-weekly.com1,100,849229,938255,905
javascriptweekly.com575,585329,414358,386
html5weekly.com937,709444,023542,049
rubyweekly.com1,214,6971,065,1711,085,142
pycoders.comnana1,144,740
pythonweekly.com1,571,5721,574,2381,701,926
perlweekly.com3,560,0551,792,2731,893,349
nosqlweekly.com1,369,5764,976,9203,831,830
devopsweekly.com14,004,5607,055,3534,114,236

Web frameworks

Dancer has the 'advantage' that even people looking for rap-dancers will find them. Mojolicious switched domains a few months ago.

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
perldancer.org474,771492,320564,596
mojolicious.org3,777,567nana
mojolicio.usna714,789601,019
mojocast.comnana2,138,888
catalystframework.org427,282684,745623,749

Perl

cpan.org is falling as Meta CPAN receives a growing part of the traffic.

More troubling that perl.org has also declined. What took its place?

There are a number of Perl-related sites with very outdated content that get a ton of traffic. I hope that soon the Perl Maven site will be able to take a large chunk of their traffic.

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
cpan.org8,87412,22013,059
perl.org13,55519,79220,148
perlmonks.org19,10023,06122,657
metacpan.org204,350124,979129,363
perl.com167,090196,762187,114
perlmeme.orgna263,032268,409
www.perlfect.comna298,641348,442
perl5maven.com2,637,818487,529362,104
pm.org309,987366,302367,905
template-toolkit.org359,903478,507415,943
cpantesters.org586,727386,124424,316
strawberryperl.com359,827509,310478,935
modernperlbooks.com495,533533,520599,331
perlide.org1,144,312855,267780,515
perl-community.de363,020592,875821,008
dbperl.com890,748774,351927,242
perlbuzz.com1,274,3771,240,7281,172,940
perl-begin.org1,372,7091,143,2491,354,824
pragmaticperl.comna2,565,7851,386,332
perl-tutorial.orgna1,979,8261,869,652
dwimperl.com10,734,7272,370,6911,978,880
perl101.orgna1,862,3202,017,408
perltraining.com.au2,015,2971,532,7292,101,143
perlhacks.com4,929,8762,225,5882,115,248
perlnews.org5,281,8172,948,1562,211,814
perlcabal.org5,461,7513,204,7322,503,575
perltutorial.org1,804,5951,844,6602,833,153
learning-perl.com13,824,1734,712,7493,784,318
effectiveperlprogramming.com2,183,9842,501,5404,366,916
perl-magazin.de6,615,032na22,487,241
programmingperl.org9,444,732nana

Perl Organizations and YAPCs

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
perlfoundation.org816,360451,170561,848
yapc.eunana1,027,648
yapcna.org2,931,8432,557,1471,107,215
enlightenedperl.org1,536,8191,615,6681,534,212
japan.perlassociation.org965,8102,160,5062,229,071
yapcasia.orgnana2,620,887
yapceurope.org2,956,8755,738,5994,326,208

Perl 6

I put these separately to make it easier to see them.

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
perl6.org1,160,144793,479879,484
parrot.org1,188,7831,297,765965,124
rakudo.org1,770,9881,124,1411,361,650
perl6advent.wordpress.com13,109,4692,380,5203,759,576

Perl Maven

After getting feedback to my questions, I am going to merge the Perl 5 Maven site into the Perl Maven site. As the Alexa numbers are 3-month averages, This means that ranking of the Perl 5 Maven site will drop off the earth in 3 month, and the Perl Maven site will slowly advance. As a game for myself I aim to reach the same Alexa position within 2 months. Let's see if I can put enough interesting content out on the Perl Maven site to achieve that?

5 Aug 20125 Mar 201330 Apr 2013
perl5maven.com2,637,818487,529362,104
perl6maven.com2,476,8825,360,8134,216,918
perlmaven.comna19,000,0005,337,012

Is your favorite site missing from here? Let me know, so I won't miss it next time!

Published on 2013-04-30 by Gabor Szabo

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