Web server is a combination of hardware and some software that delivers us a web page on the Internet. Hardware means a computer on which the web site hosted while software is a program that runs on this computer to provide us a web page. Simply web server is a computer that provides a website.
This article will talk about different software/program that are available to run on a computer to host a website.
Well it is not easy to create such a list, but we have created the list on the based of our knowledge so below are the most common web server software that are widely used.
Apache Web Server
Apache HTTP Server commonly known as Apache web server is running since 1999 but in 2009 it became the first web server software to surpass the 100 million web site milestone.
It is an open source and developed by an open source community, apache is available for various operating system including Windows, Linux,MAC, Solaris and FreeBSD etc.
Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) Windows Server
Internet information services has been developed by Microsoft and it provide the facility to host a web site on windows platform, it is not from open source but you can download it trail version, it provides the powerful admin tool and integrated media platform.
Nginx Web Server
Nginx is known for its high performance, stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption.It is free open source and high performance HTTP server and reverse proxy.Nginx now hosts nearly 7.65% (22.8M) of all domains worldwide.
lighttpd Web Server
Lighttpd, the word describe from lighty which is represent the efficiency and performance of the web server.It is flexible, secure and free distributed with the FreeBSD operating system. It is also run on windows,Linux,MAC and Solaris operating systems.