web server

The most popular web server softwares

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.

Web server communicate with browser through Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). The content of most web pages are encoded by Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Web pages content can be static (for example image, text and video) and dynamic (for example listing, counting price list, processed output).  We can create a dynamic web page through some scripting languages such as PHP, JavaScript, ASP, Python and Ruby. These scripting languages are encoding business logics and it is supported by web server.

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The most popular web servers

 

Apache

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

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

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.

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