Apple Web Hosting
Mac OS X combines latest open source & standard based Internet services in complete, easy to use hosting solution. At core is Apache, it is world’s most popular server. Mac OS Server is a performance optimized server. Apache provides an extensible architecture, reliable and fast hosting to deploy enterprise applications in Java and to deliver sophisticated web services and dynamic content.
Innovative admin tool makes possible for organizations to host websites and help to deploy powerful web based applications affordably, easily and quickly.
Mac OS X Server takes complexity out of hosting, managing and configuring websites. An admin interface makes easy to get started with static websites, while giving advanced capabilities for the professional webmasters, these are responsible to deploy sophisticated services.
Tools for blog publishing, syndication, database integration, enterprise applications, CGI scripting and dynamic content are already built in as OpenSSL for an encrypted data transport. Mac OS X server combines these web based technologies with amazing management tools for much superior ease of use. It is ready to host robust web services, transaction based intranet solutions and to secure ecommerce websites.
Security and Authentication: Mac OS X server integrates SSL with Apache based web server, which provides support for 128 bit encryption and PKI i.e Public Key Infrastructure authentication using X.509 digital certificates. A high grade architecture protects credit card information and some other confidential and business data transmitted during web transactions.
Digital Certificates get issued by trusted party i.e Certifying Authority which enables users web browsers to authenticate server using SSL for secure web transactions and ecommerce. CA companies like Thawte, Entrust and VeriSign provides an independent verification of domain name and company information, which ensures identity of other secure websites and online stores.
Flexible access control using realms: Admin makes very easy to set up the realms which needs user authentication for the areas of your website. Valuable for collaborative publishing scenarios and intranet websites, realms allow to secure web pages and to manage browsing and privileges on per group or per user basis.
You can easily define the realms for number of different groups which are being used by your website, like departments, students, partners and customers and also specify to access the privileges to appropriate pages for every group.
You also need user authentication to access hosted page with specific string of characters in URL. Mac OS X Server gives integration with an Open Directory for single and digest authentication.
Hosting Dynamic Content: Apache is very flexible as compared to the other servers, so you can easily add a dynamic content for more interactive Internet based solution. Dynamic content enables to poll, portal system, shared calendars, auctions, host stores and other database based driven web services.
Robust server architecture in Apache supports dynamic content which is being generated by Server Side includes i.e SSIs, custom CGIs, PHP and Apache modules also as well as by JSPs i.e JavaServer Pages and Java servlets.
Server Admin makes very easy to extend Apache functionality, just simply click checkbox to disable or enable each module.