What is the difference between a web server and a web hosting server?

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Can any one tell me what is the difference between a web server and a web hosting server? which one is more important and why?
 

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No difference if you go with the services that a web server serves. You can host multiple websites/mail/databases on both servers since they are web servers or say web hosting servers.
 

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Can any one tell me what is the difference between a web server and a web hosting server? which one is more important and why?
No differece, a web server is a webserver (www,http) web hosting server is same. So you can use webserver for personal or host some customers. "A car is a car no matter if you have passengers or not" ;)
 

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No difference if you go with the services that a web server serves. You can host multiple websites/mail/databases on both servers since they are web servers or say web hosting servers.
No differece, a web server is a webserver (www,http) web hosting server is same. So you can use webserver for personal or host some customers. "A car is a car no matter if you have passengers or not" ;)
I thought that they have the diffrenece as web server contains www, http, emails, htaccess, files, folders while a web hosting server is the hardware as RAM, CPU, Diskspace...etc and all components are related to hosting hardware.
 

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If you want to split hairs: All web hosting servers are web servers, but not all web servers are web hosting servers. For example, a Windows server may have IIS installed (Microsoft's web services), which makes it a web server -- but it may not be hosting any web sites. Some apps need web services to run, but no "websites" are involved.

(BTW, email has nothing to do with web severs -- that's email servers)
 
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It is what I am thinking about, everyone often say Apache web server, nginx web server,...so they are a web server or a web hosting server? A web hosting server should be a place to install all software as Apache, Nginx hence it can not call as a web server. A web server can host a website but a web hosting server could not if it doesn't have software to serve that purpose.
 

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Can any one tell me what is the difference between a web server and a web hosting server? which one is more important and why?
I sometimes, wonder, you will post somewhere that you run VPS with nignx and other stuff, and now you post what is webserver lol... I do not know, why you ask simple things like this, when you buy dedicated servers, vpses and play with too many things everyday.

Web Server is a software. Apache is a webserver, Nignx is a webserver like wise these are all softwares..

Web Hosting is a terms used in market specifically to address people that they (hosting company) provides web servers on rent or lease which could host websites. Simple.. This is no rocket science.

If you ask about hardware, your home PC can also become a web server and host websites provided that it is reliable, up and running 24/7/365 days just like server hardware.

I am not saying to use PC for building your server, but I am just clarifying that it is not a rocket science.

The server hardware is more robust and tuned for optimal performance for hosting websites over the internet. That is the major difference between hardware of your PC and Server.

Rest all same, you can have graphics cards on servers too, just like you have it on your home PC.. Gaming server have graphic cards and GPUs like your Gaming PC, but again as I said the hardware is more robust.

This is all basics...Internet is a network of computers...simple.. check some wiki, when you get sometime.. I really wonder and surprised when you posted this thread, as you claim that you use nignix and other server software in day to day activities.

Hope this helps you.. Thanks
 

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web server are like apache, nginx . web hosting server includes a web server that meet your requirement to run a website. As you know windows and Linux are the popular operating system on which a web server is installed.
 

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Web Server is a system that provide information whatever we have need which is provided by a server network. And Web host is the name given to the company hosting a site on the server. Web host provide space on the server. Basically it is a machine offering services that provide service to other machines.
 

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in my research, web hosting is a function provided by a specific type of server a web server. A web host may run one web server that provides many customers' websites.
 

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There is no big difference. you can create a web server on your system and run websites and apps if this server created on a specific location with some special infrastructure you can call it a web host to host your files similar as your local web server.
 

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I think they're the same, both are the server, and people use those servers to host their websites so we can call them web server or web hosting server or hosting server,...
 

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I think they are different, a web server is the environment for websites and app to run while a web hosting server is the server for all thing can setup on it.
 

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Hello,

These may be the same. A web server or web hosting server is linux or windows or any other server which run a web service.
 

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A web server is a computer system that serves the content of one or more websites. A web hosting server is a computer system that serves the content of one or more websites and also provides web hosting services, such as storage space and an assigned domain name.
 

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The difference between both of them can be explained in two simple sentences-
Web servers are computers that usually run websites. Web hosting is a way to use a server to host a website. It is used to host websites and can have one or more websites inside of it at once. This means that users can get to a website through the internet.
 

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The terms are often used interchangeably, but if I were to differentiate I would describe a "web server" as a computer exposed to the Internet, serving one or multiple web pages. A "web hosting server" is often associated within the context of a web hosting business, i.e. someone renting out web server capacity to customers. A web hosting server often have different services installed, such as SMTP (email server) and control panel in addition to the actual web server software.
 

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Web Server
A web server is a computer that is used to host websites.
It contains one or more web pages and is used to host them.
Webhosting
Web hosting is the process of hosting a website on a server.
It allows visitors to browse a website via the internet.
 

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Below is different between web server and web hosting server.

Web Server: This is specifically a stand alone service running on a single instance (no other services running on it), web server example are Apache, Ngnix, and Caddy.

Web Hosting Server: This server is configured with all the services running on the instance which is required to host a website, for example, Apache, MySQL, PHP, FTP, and common services which is required to maintain the website as well.

This is the main difference between both of them.
 
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