What is a web server?
A web server is a computer software that stores and delivers content for a website such as code, text, images and videos. When a client request to a specific web page, the server make an accurate response to client. Computer web browser program is the most common client as we know. Web browser download documents of a website when a user click on the web link.
The most popular web servers
Apache HTTP server is the most widely used server technology at present days. It is developed and maintained by Apache Software Foundation. Apache runs on 65% of all web servers in the world. It’s free to use under an open source license.
Nginx pronounced as “engine-ex” and the second most widely used open source web server. Due to superb ability to handle thousands of connection and speed, many high traffic website using Nginx server. Tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM and more companies are dependable on Nginx server. But, It serves as a reverse proxy, HTTP load balancer, email for IMAP, POP3 and SMTP.
LiteSpeed server is a high-performance and high scalability web server from LiteSpeed Technologies. It is compatible with Apache features and much faster to use content management system (CMS) such as WordPress and OpenCart. LiteSpeed integrates easily with all kind of web control panels like cPanel, Plesk and DirectAdmin.
In this post, we have described three most popular web servers software to support web developer beginners.