Web Server Hosting
What is Web Server and how does it work?
A web server is a program which uses HTTP to server different files which create web pages for users in response to the requests, and are forwarded by computer HTTP connection.
A server which delivers an XML doc to an another device, that can be a Web server. Better definition might be like this that a Web server is an Internet based server which responds to the HTTP request to deliver services and content.
It doesn’t matter that where website is hosted in the world, page will get displayed on your computer screen.
A web server is always connected to the Internet. Each web server is connected to Internet and will be provided with unique web address and was arranged with series of 4 numbers in between 0 and 255 separated by periods.
A web server enables hosting provider to manage multiple users on single web server.
Types of Web Servers:
There are many types of web servers which are available in an open market. Most popular web servers are LiteSpeed, Nginx, IIS and Apache.
LiteSpeed: LiteSpeed is a high performance Apache. It is 4th most popular web server on Internet and is a commercial web server. Upgrading web server to LiteSpeed will improve overall performance and low down the operating cost.
LiteSpeed is most compatible with Apache features, including mod_security, .htaccess, mod_rewrite. LSWS load Apache configuration files and works as a drop replacement for Apache along with hosting cpanels, replacing Apache less than 15 minutes with 0% downtime. Unlike different front-end proxy solutions, LiteSpeed replaces Apache functions, making and using transition from Apache easy and smoothly.
Nginx Web Server: Nginx is a free open source web based server, this includes IMAP/POP3 proxy server. Nginx is best known for low resources usage, simple configuration, stability and high performance. Web server doesn’t use different threads to handle different requests rather than more scalable event driven architecture and uses predictable and small amount of memory under load.
This is getting most popular in recent times and is hosting about 7.5% of domains worldwide.
IIS Web Server: IIS is a Microsoft based product. IIS server has features like Apache. But is not an open source and more over the personal modules and cannot be added with an ease and modification becomes difficult job. Microsoft maintains and developed it and this works with Window based operating system.
Apache Web Server: Apache is most popular web based server in the world and developed by Apache Software Foundation. Apache is an open source web based software and can be installed on different operating systems including Mac OS X, FreeBSD, Windows, Unix and Linux. Around 60% of the machines run on Apache Server.