What are the best web servers?

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    #1Apache HTTP Server Project

    Apache HTTP Server Project
    The Apache HTTP Server Project is a collaborative software development effort aimed at creating a robust, commercial-grade, feature rich, and freely-available source code implementation of an HTTP (Web) server. 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Virginia Silva
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "Apache HTTP Server Project is a web server created by people from all over the world. They've worked together to develop this server that is provider of freely-available source code implementation of an HTTP (Web) server."
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    #2H2O

    H2O
    H2O is a web server written in C and licensed under the MIT License. It focuses on performance and support for modern standards like HTTP/2 and can also be used as a library.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Zhang Xiong
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "I disagree with this, H2O is no where better than Apache. Apache is flexible because of ability to pick and choose various modules, has enhanced security (notable, because vulnerabilities typically are attacked in Windows-based machines), Has strong user-community support, and runs on UNIX, Windows, Linux, Mac OS. Best of all it is free and has no licensing fees. "
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    #3Nginx

    Nginx
    Nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, a mail proxy server, and a generic TCP/UDP proxy server.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Marilyn Carr
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "Anyone else heading to the nginx.conf this Fall? I do not know a lot about this yet, but is does sound like it could be the next big thing. Planning on checking it in Portland."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that there are different types of web servers? According to Serverpronto, Web servers use HTTP to allow access to the Internet. They search through and use HTML files that are sent to web browsers and translated so the user can understand them. It is also capable of accessing and storing other types of files, but they are often attached in some way to the HTML files it has, such as having images that are placed upon the HTML. There are four primary types of Web servers, these include Apache, IIS, nginx, and GWS. Today, Apache is the most widely used web server software. Developed and maintained by Apache Software Foundation, Apache is an open source software available for free. 

According to instantssl.com, the top advantage of using Apache server is that Apache is similar to other types of open source options in that it can be customized through the use of modules. These modules will mesh or work with the main Apache system, allowing you to develop the system over time or create it all at once. This allows you to also use a variety of features from other similar platforms.  It is also a much lower cost option that many servers as the open source software is readily available. There are no ongoing licensing fees or other types of fees associated with other server options.

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    #4Lighttpd

    Lighttpd
    Lighttpd is a free open source web server with a small memory footprint, effective management of the cpu-load, and an advanced feature set (FastCGI, SCGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting).
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Pranav Chauhan
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "If you're looking for an effective web server with lots of features that doesn't require a monster pc to run then look no further. I found Lighttpd to be everything I needed without having to upgrade my hardware. It's light on resources but rich in features."
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    #5Cherokee

    Cherokee
    Cherokee is an innovative, feature rich, lightning fast and easy to configure open source web server designed for the next generation of highly concurrent secured web applications.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Brenda Hunter
    Written on July 13, 2018
    "lmao Imagine being so sensitive that a simple software name would trigger you into a 4 line rant about the feelings of Native Americans. Just because the software used the name doesn't mean they want to make fun of them and approve if their genocide, you dingbat. Cherokee web server is one of the best in the market out there at the moment, everything is fast, smooth, and transferring files is easier in this one."
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    #6Cerberus FTP

    Cerberus FTP
    Cerberus FTP Server is a secure Windows file server with FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS, FIPS 140-2 encryption, and Active Directory and LDAP authentication.
    Software

    Windows

    $89- $1,499

    Olivia McCoy
    Written on May 12, 2017
    "I have been looking for a secure web server for over a year. My search ended when I found Cerebus FTP. This is the best web server I have ever seen. I loved the 25 day trial I got when I first signed up. I liked it so much, I kept it after the trial period. The price for keeping it was very reasonable for such a powerful service."
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    #7Abyss Web Server

    Abyss Web Server

    Abyss Web Server is a compact web server available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It supports HTTP/1.1, secure SSL/TLS connections (HTTPS), IPv6, on-the-fly HTTP compression, and more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Diana Carlson
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "Abyss is just what I was looking for to host my website. The server is easy to use and worked perfectly with my Mac, and I was able to figure out SSL with minimal difficulty thanks to their easy set up."
  5. 11

    #8Microsoft IIS

    Microsoft IIS
    Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web, from media streaming to web applications.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Steven Berry
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "Microsoft ISS is a great solution for me to manage my Windows server the way I want. When it comes to security, I trust Microsoft ISS to protect me. Microsoft ISS can handle almost any server management issues that I can throw at it. It's been rock solid and stable since I first started using it."
  6. 9

    #9ZFTPServer

    ZFTPServer
    ZFTPServer is a free Windows FTP server that features multi-lingual user interfaces, flexible access control for accounts and IP addresses, and passive/active mode connections.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- $999

    Bertha Antonio
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "This is a great solution. It is multilingual, allows multiple accounts, passive/active mode. It's a product with several packages to choose from and all cost effective. It's been a great asset for us. We use the collaboration features quite often. "
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    #10LiteSpeed Web Server

    LiteSpeed Web Server

    LiteSpeed Web Server is an alternative you can use to the more widely known Apache. It promises to have a better performance, reduce complexity, and double your server capacity.

    Software

    Windows

    Varies by plan

    Pranav Chauhan
    Written on July 13, 2018
    "Good solution. Not the best, but tolerable and with a little skill, you can use this to create even better sites than others who use better software. Maintaining webs are much easier with this one, I guarantee it."
  8. 5

    #11FileZilla Server

    FileZilla Server
    FileZilla is a free FTP solution. It's an open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Benjamin Walters
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "FileZilla Server is a interesting solution if you looking for a Windows based web server. From what I can tell so far the community is fairly robust with a sub-forum where users can get support, and ask question regarding any issues you may encounter. I think personally will continue to look for a Linux solution, but this may be useful for someone."
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    #12Cyberduck

    Cyberduck
    Libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3 & OpenStack Swift browser for Mac and Windows.
    Other

    Free

    Víctor Hugo Rangel
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I have recently started to get a number of requests to build websites for some local businesses so I thought it may be a good investment to purchase a web server to provide an additional service for my clients. Unfortunately, Cyberduck is not actually a web server. Cyberduck is a browser for FTP, SFTP and various other connections to web and cloud services. I was, however, happy to find Cyberduck because I was looking for a solution that worked on Mac OS since Filezilla doesn't."
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    #13Wikihow: How to host your own website for free

    Wikihow: How to host your own website for free
    Wikihow is a website that provides online tutorials for almost everything. In this specific case it helps you to start from the scratch the process of hosting your own website through a free service.
    Articles

    Free

    Ryan Bennett
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "Wikihow is a website that help you to find solutions on almost any topic. For the specific use case of hosting your own website for free, it goes through a step by step solution and provides multiple methods to accomplish the goal. Each method is thoroughly explained and provides images along with text in order to facilitate my learning process."
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    #14Dedicatedhosting4u

    Dedicatedhosting4u

    Dedicatedhosting4u is an established platform providing the best-dedicated servers with flexible hosting solutions without any hidden charges. It has 24/7 customer support to assist its users when they experience a downtime. 

    Websites

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Summary

Best What are the best web servers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Apache HTTP Server ProjectSoftware 24 Free
2H2OSoftware 22 Free
3NginxSoftware 16 Free
4LighttpdSoftware 16 Free
5CherokeeSoftware 16 Free
6Cerberus FTPSoftware 12 Paid
7Abyss Web ServerSoftware 12 Free
8Microsoft IISSoftware 11 Free
9ZFTPServerSoftware 9 Free
10LiteSpeed Web ServerSoftware 7 Paid
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