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Knowing the Various Types of Web Servers in Existence

Each and every website on the Internet is hosted on a webserver, and this server is 24/7 connected to the World Wide Web.  Each of these servers is connected over the internet via a unique IP address assigned with the combination of 4 numbers from 0 to 256 like 68.122.35.127.

When you register a domain name or web address, like google.com you are required to specify the IP of the web server that you have selected, for hosting your site.  Presently there are 4 top web Browsers: IIS, Jagsaw, Apache, and Lighttpd. Almost everything including performance, seo of your websites depends on the web hosting services, so choosing some of the reliable hosting services is one of the major task of the webmaster.

Apart from the above selections, there are several other web servers available in the globe like iPlanet by Netscape, Websphere by IBM and Bea’s web logic, but unfortunately they are way too costly for the common man, and used mainly by large enterprises.

So, let us get to know more about the 4 top servers in detail

Apache Server:- This is one of the most well-known webservers used by tons of webmasters, and it was established by “Apache Software Foundation”.

This is one of the most user-friendly open source software, which can be installed in all types of OS including but not limited to Windows, UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, and Free BSD. As per a recent research, about 60 percent of the servers are supposed to be Apache Web Servers.

IIS (Internet Information Services):- IIS is one of the high performance web server developed by Microsoft. This runs only on Windows NT/2000 and 2003 platforms. As IIS is strictly integrated with the OS it is very much easy to manage, but then it doesn’t turn out to be a viable option for those who want to work with Linux.

Jigsaw Server:-  This server was developed by the WWW Group. It is also one of the open source and free web servers that runs on various platforms like Windows, UNIX, BDC OS and many more.  This program has the capability to run PHP and CGI scripts, as it is written in Java. But, it isn’t as popular as the Apache, mainly because it doesn’t offer equivalent flexibility levels.

Lighttpd:- Lighttpd is another open source server, which is directly distributed with FreeBSD OS. This is the one and only web server which is very fast, secure, and consumes less CPU power. It also has an option to run on Linux, Solaris, and Windows OS too, making it yet another good pick.

Apart from these web servers, you can find tons of other options in the market, and various hosting companies support different kinds of servers; hence, it’s important to make the server selection based on your personal needs. For instance, if you want to host ASP.Net web apps, then you should definitely consider only IIS at the first place. On the other hand, if you want to run WordPress, and other apps that primarily run on Linux, IIS may not be the right choice!

Author Bio:- Guest Post by Alex Chris who loves to write about Best Web Hosting Solutions and he owns a Marketing Company which provides Latest Business Strategies and Trends for its clients.

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  • Paul Salmon

    February 1, 2012, 10:40 pm

    For most people that are starting out in the online world, Apache is the preferred choice. Most web hosts have Linux/Apache packages that are much cheaper than IIS/ASP.Net hosting, and many popular CMS platforms, such as WordPress work on Apache very easily.

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