Apache is a popular open-source, cross-platform web server that is, by the numbers, the most popular web server in existence. It’s actively maintained by the Apache Software Foundation.

Because Apache doesn’t perform as well in some benchmarks, especially for static websites or websites with high traffic, some pros uses the NGINX web server instead of Apache. Though NGINX hasn’t been around for as long as Apache, it’s quickly grown in popularity and market share since its launch in 2004.  One reason why godaddy servers are so slow and sluggish is that they use apache. On the other hand Amazon EC2 servers use NGINX, and that’s why they are so much faster.

The Apache web server has modules which add more functions to its software, such as MPM (for handling multi-processing modes) or mod_ssl for enabling SSL v3 and TLS support. Some common features seen in Apache include: .htaccess for doing clever rewrites, and other SEO tricks, php, session tracking, POST and GET handling. NGINX can do the same.

On the other hand, another popular web server is Microsoft IIS.  It can serve up ASP, and .Net pages, and give your pages access to MSSQL databases, and MS Access databases.

As for ease of installation, you can easily build a server to run IIS, Apache or NGINX web server in your home or office. All of them are easy to install, almost anyone can build and install one, and start running web server applications or start serving up pages.  As a beginner, your home built web server, can serve as a great teaching tool.  When it’s time to build a web server for real business, you can buy a rack mount server and install it in a data center.  Eleven Dimensions Technologies has access to great B2B pricing plans from TPX for data center colocation hosting. Call us for details. Furthermore, we also have access to another data center in Norwich, England with colocation pricing from $30/month.

Another way to build up a great web server is to use a hosted and shared solution from Godaddy, Amazon, Bluehost or any number of companies.  You can get a pre-configured web server running apache or NGINX from godaddy for as little as 7/month, or an Tier 2 Amazon AWS server for 17/month.  The Amazon AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of Linux and Windows t2.micro instances each month for one year. To stay within the Free Tier, use only EC2 Micro instances.  AWS or ECS is a great way to get started with your web site project for free.

If you need assistance building up your web server or installing your web applications on it, Call us at Eleven Dimensions Technologies at (949)371-5079 or use our contact form to ask our server team about your next web hosting project.

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