Apache http: Why would you bother to use anything else?
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 09, 2019

Apache http: Why would you bother to use anything else?

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Apache Web Server

I have been using the Apache webserver for over 20 years. At my current organization, we use it all over the place. From serving static pages to full-blown web applications. We also use it as a proxy to pass traffic to tomcat applications. It is used across the whole organization and it is our goto web server. It is incredibly configurable and robust. Never a problem. We use it to serve https and use PHP extensively.
  • Apache is Open Source, governed well (the foundation) and probably the most stable computing platform ever.
  • Apache is probably one of the most customizable and configurable pieces of software that I have ever run across in more than 30 years of development.
  • If there is something that Apache can not do, then you need to ask yourself; should I be doing that? The point here is that it is a solid solution and seems to only integrate other technologies that are of the highest caliber.
  • Apache will live forever and you can not go wrong with it.
  • The one thing that I worry about Apache is the PHP language which is integrated into the platform. I am not sure if PHP has a relevant future. I worry about this because Python is becoming very popular.
  • Some, not so sharp developers, might complain about the configuration file. Yes, it is complex. You need to learn it.
  • Apache SSL documentation can be better.
  • I would like to see video streaming, that would be fantastic.
  • Apache does not cost anything so the ROI is through the roof.
  • Since Apache is part of the Apache foundation and if you use it and it has benefited your organization, then I suggest that you do the right thing and send them a few bucks. You can make a positive impact that way.
  • Apache is the backbone of much of the web services that we offer. The web would not be what it is today had Apache not been there.
  • I can honestly say that there exist almost no negatives to Apache. The only thing that I can think of that might work better is the NGINX web server when serving massive huge amounts of static content, I.E. the adult web industries. But, Apache could still hold its own.
To be quite honest I often select Apache because it is the world's most commonly used web server and I have been using it for more than 20 years across many organizations. I have never been burned using Apache. Apache rises above IIS in functionality, configurability, and the ability to customize to one's needs. NGINX is cool but I would not use it unless I knew that I needed to serve content like static adult images because that is where it might, not certain, do a bit better. As for Tomcat, it is an Apache project, the Java element just slows down development. Good Java developers are getting harder to find so that is a bit of a problem. Apache offers PHP where we are able to quickly prototype an application, then and only then, if needed we can rewrite to Tomcat is we need to deploy a bulletproof solution.
I give this rating because there is so much Apache documentation and information on the web that you can literally do anything. This has to do with the fact that there is a huge Open Source community that is beyond mature and perhaps one of the most helpful to be found. The only thing that should hold anyone back from anything is that they can not read. RTFM, my friend. And I must say that the manual is excellent.

Do you think Apache Web Server delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Apache Web Server's feature set?

Yes

Did Apache Web Server live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Apache Web Server go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Apache Web Server again?

Yes

The Apache web server is most of the LAMP. The environment is a fantastic development platform that can be used to achieve almost anything. I would say that custom development is where Apache excels. PHP is fantastic and has a rather low learning curve. From a system administration perspective, Apache is a stable work-course. For example, I have several instances that have been up and running for more than 500 days. The only time that we need to reboot is to do an update. You can not go wrong with Apache.