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The Web Server

The difficult decision of which Web server to use is complicated by many factors. The most important considerations are which operating system you intend to use and which Web server software has the feature set and performance potential to handle your Web site's expectations and traffic load. The following factors might be important when you're selecting a Web server:

  • Operating system

  • Familiarity with the operating system

  • Price

  • Access to support and other resources

  • Ability to host multiple Web sites on a single Web server

  • Log reporting

  • Server-side includes

  • User access security

  • Transaction security

  • Server programming and database support

  • Current equipment (hardware, network, network operating system)

  • Scalability

  • Application server support

  • Management tools


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