Apache is a very complete and modular web server, but when it
comes to performance it might be a little behind, especially to
support multiple concurrent connections. This collaborative
comparison try to list the alternative web servers, you might
Any of these web servers will perform better in terms of CPU or
memory usage in a highly concurrent scenario.
Some biased resources:
According to netcraft web server survey, Nginx is the
most used from these alternatives, then comes Lighttpd.
The other alternatives present here are not listed.
All alternatives have almost the same common features, Fast CGI
(to support PHP for example), HTTPS (SSL support). The notable
differences are on the administration parts, some have an
integrated interface to manage easily the web server; other will
only rely on command lines and configuration files.
If you already have an existing Apache installation, before
switching to another web server make sure all the features or
modules, you are using, can be replaced on the new web server. The
next step would be to find a guide to convert your Apache
configuration files. The conversion and testing part, will probably
be the most consuming task to switch from Apache to another web
If you really need all the Apache features, you can still run
Apache behind Nginx or Lighttpd as a reverse proxy.
Feel free to add any relevant criteria or alternatives to
complete the comparison table.
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