What is a web server?

HTTP Server or the web server as a service

The term web server derives from the English term Server (servant), because, in fact, a web server has a serving function. It provides (“served”) the Clients with the contents of a web page. Clients can be a web browser or the Crawler of a search engine. The delivered content is static content such as HTML documents, images, Cascading Style Sheets (design instructions for the page display), or other static content that are required for the structure and presentation of a web page. Web servers are often referred to as an HTTP Server.

In most cases, the elements of a website come from different sources, especially dynamic websites. Web server services must therefore also be able to deliver dynamic content. Dynamic content is generated e.g. by web applications such as the CMS systems WordPress, Joomla, Shopware, etc. Web applications typically use scripting languages such as PHP, Python, Ruby, or others. The actual content of CMS-based websites is stored in databases. The database content is linked to Styles and is retrieved from the HTTP Server if required. The corresponding web page is then displayed, for example, in a web browser.

What web server Software is there?

Server products from 1 Dollar Hosting providers such as Mytruehost typically use Linux – or Windows operating systems. The most popular web server services for Linux-based systems are the Apache HTTP Server and Nginx. Both web servers are Open-source. For Windows-based Server systems, there is the proprietary web server service Microsoft Internet Information Services (Microsoft IIS).

In addition, there is other web server Software such as Tomcat, Node.js, Jetty, Zope and many more. If you want to use these services on your Hosting product, you need a self-administer generated server product, such as a Virtual Server, Root Server or Dedicated Server from Host Europe.

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How is Website content transferred from the web server service?

Below I give an overview of how an HTTP Server works. When you call a web page, the Cheap Reseller Hosting service receives an HTTP request and returns an HTTP response by passing the components of the Website to the Client. The Client can be a web browser or the Crawler of a search engine, as described above.

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) was used to develop a much safer communication protocol for the Internet. With HTTPS, data can be encrypted and thus transmitted securely between the web server and the Client. In the beginning, HTTPS was mainly used for the secure Transfer of very sensitive data, e.g. used for financial transactions, etc. However, HTTPS was gradually used to a new Standard and for the secure access of order pages of Online Shops and Online forms.

Since 2018, Google has practically called for the switch to secure HTTPS connections. For example, in the current Google Chrome Browser, all web pages that are still addressed via an insecure HTTP connection are marked as insecure. Therefore, you should ensure that your Website content is delivered over an encrypted HTTPS connection. All you need is an SSL certificate to secure your website.

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