Mainly a web server is a sort of software which helps to view a website using the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). It is hardware i.e. the computer or a software i.e. the application delivering the internet accessed content. Many people think that it is a special computer as many computers are made as web servers keeping in mind to host website. In other way it is software which is installed to your PC.
Mostly web servers are used for hosting websites but for running business applications. Its main part is to deliver web pages as it gets the requests from the users. The users send its request using the HTTP and the server replies it with the content and if it is unavailable it gives an error message. The crucial function is to serve the content by implementing of HTTP and to receive the content from the users. There are many web servers supporting server side scripting like PHP and Apache.
The IT infrastructure management firms and other server support companies are also offering web server services to the users. The web servers are actually not always used to serve the World Wide Web. They are also used as an implanted part in devices such as routers, webcams, printers etc. Now the user can use it for monitoring purposes.
The web server has some defined load limits and a certain number of clients connections and a definite number of requests can be served. It depends on the settings, HTTP request type, content, limitations of OS of the hardware and software. There are various benefits of it within the development environment such as the local website appears to be like a live site, server scripting languages can also be used such as PHP and others, coding can be standardized, it can easily be understand how it works in the environment, the user will easily understand about the request or any issue.
There are many good features of the web browser like: Creating more than one website and no need to make set of pages.
You can configure the log file settings. You can create an FTP site to transfer and share data.
Creation of virtual directories. Configuring customized error pages.
According to the use the user should judge about what type of web hosting service he can use. Many types can be considered. Most of the providers offer the Linux based hosting offering different types of software. Web hosting services many times have a Web Content Management System and it helps the user not to worry about the technical concepts in depth.