Apache is the most widely used webserver software and runs on 67% of all websites in the world. Developed and maintained by Apache Software Foundation, Apache is open source software and available for free.
It’s fast, reliable, and secure. And Apache can be highly customized to meet the needs of many different environments by using extensions and modules.
Most WordPress hosting providers use Apache as their webserver software. However, WordPress can run on other webserver software as well.
What Is a Webserver?
A webserver is software run by your website hosting provider so that visitors can view the web pages on your site. Many WordPress hosting providers use Apache.
The software performs a similar role to a restaurant host. When you arrive at a restaurant, the host greets you, checks your booking information, and takes you to your table. In a similar way, the webserver checks for the web page you have requested.
A webserver does more. It also acts like a restaurant server when it fetches the page and serves it for your viewing pleasure.
And it performs the role of the restaurant’s maitre d’ by handling communications with the website, handling your requests, and making sure that other modules are ready to serve you.
Finally, a webserver is also like the busboy clearing tables. It cleans the memory, cache and modules and clears them for new website visitors.
In summary, a webserver like Apache performs many tasks:
- It receives your request to access a web page.
- It runs a few security checks on your HTTP request and takes you to the web page.
- It may ask the server to run extra modules while generating the document to serve you.
- It then serves you the document you requested.
Running the Apache Webserver on Your Computer
If you wish to run WordPress locally on your computer, then you will need to run the same software as your WordPress hosting provider. This includes Apache (the webserver software), MySQL (the database), and PHP (the programming language).
Luckily, software stacks like WAMP (for Windows), MAMP (for Mac), LAMP (for Linux), and XAMPP (cross-platform) make installing this software easy.
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