Apache (in full Apache HTTP server) is a powerful web server software, it is open source and free to download and use. Apache is considered by many as a flexible tool in the world of web server software. It is also the most widely used server software on the web. Running apache server leaves you with less platform worries as apache is a cross platform server software i.e. it can run on any operating system, be it Windows OS, Linux, Mac OS as the case may be.
Apache is known to have made initial contributions to the growth of the World Wide Web (www) and is still adding more value to it, this remarkable contributions have given it a lead in web server software market, and its developers are working continuously to make it even much better and flexible. Some of the programming language supported by apache include Python, PHP, Tcl and Perl. Apache has a lot of featured support many of which are implemented as an extension of the core functionality of complied modules. Apache also has support for authentication module examples of these modules include; mod_auth, mod_access, and mod_auth_digest.
Some other features supported by apache include content negotiation, password authentication, configurable error message, FTP, CGI, digital certification, to mention but a few. Apache runs with the process name httpd. Multiple website can run on a single apache installation, this unique feature is made possible by what is known as Virtual hosting. Virtual hosting is a way of hosting several domain name on a single server.
Apache also gives architectural implementation a lot of flexibility, through what is known as Multiprocessing Module. The choice of Multiprocessing Module is of great importance as it allows apache to run in a hybrid, process based mode. One of the major drawback of Apache 2.2 was it sluggishness to the delivery of static file, all thanks to the developers that immediately ran to the rescue with Apache 2.4 which of course saw to this drawback. Apache is still been actively worked on and will continue to be a preferred choice amongst its counterparts.
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