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Every web site is managed by a web server. The web server handles all of the
network communications with individual user browsers.
The server accepts HTTP
requests for web pages, and sends the requested pages to browsers over the
Windows, Macintosh, or Unix computer is capable of running a web server when it
is connected to the Internet. However, it isn't practical over a dial-up connection
since they are slow, not always connected, and change their IP
Address every time you log on. A dedicated connection in an office, or
a high speed home connection like DSL, provides the always-on attribute needed
to run a reliable web server.
web servers have different scalability, robustness, security, transportability,
and related features. A web server may be dedicated for one domain
or maintain web sites for several domains.
Resources. The following resources provide information about web servers:
- Free web servers:
-- Built on top of the original web server created by NCSA,
released in version 0.6.2 on April 27, 1995.
As NCSA turned their focus to their Mosaic web
browser, they stopped development of the server, so a group of web developers
provided a bunch of software patches to version 1.3 of their original
and then started
maintaining and improving it in a free
open source software environment. Apache is now a
sophisticated, multi-platform application, and the most popular web server
in use on the Internet.
-- The W3C's open source web server, developed by Anselm Baird-Smith from France.
IIS -- Easy, fast, Microsoft platforms only.