Apache is more or less the engine that runs the internet, but chances are you may never have heard of it. Apache is a piece of web server software that allows a computer to host websites.
History of Apache
First released in 1995 and titled in full as ‘Apache HTTP Server’, it is now owned and run by the not-for-profit Apache Software foundation and enjoys a status as the world’s most popular web server software.
What Apache Web Server Supports?
Apache hosts both static and dynamic websites, drawing on server-side scripting languages like Perl, Python and PHP. These languages are supported through modules or installation packages that can be added over the top of the standard installation of Apache.
How to Install Apache Sever
You can install Apache Server by downloading source from Apache website. Or if you install Wamp Sever or XAMPP server in a local computer, Apache will automatically install on it. Manually installing Apache is more complicated for a beginner.
Various Modules of Apache Web Server
Modules for Apache also include advanced security options, other tools and file management features. One of the most popular modules is ‘mod_rewrite’, a URL re-writing tool that allows webmasters to design custom URLs. The system runs over httpd, shorthand for ‘HTTP daemon’.
The appeal of Apache largely lies in its free license and open source code, which allows web hosts to offer solutions a low cost. Unlike its competitors, Apache also supports a wide range of platforms and operating systems, including Mac, Windows and Linux. In fact, the system often couples with Linux for web hosting configurations, given this system is also open source.
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