Entry-level server for Windows 95/98/NT platforms

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 5, 2002


This commercial release of Windows HTTPD offers a ton of features not commonly found in similar Web servers on the lower end of the market. In addition to a myriad of configurable settings, a Web 'quickstats' client, an image map editor, a Web indexer, and a server administration toolit are all right at your fingertips. While WebSite's closest competitor Alibaba does offer some of WebSite's features, Alibaba simply doesn't measure up when it comes to the overall quantity and quality of features found in WebSite. In addition to extensive online help documentation, when you purchase/register your copy of WebSite, you will also receive a complete and detailed user's guide for getting up and running with WebSite. Additional features for WebSite include CGI scripting, extensive logging options, basic level security and access control, and an intuitive, easy to use interface.

One downside to WebSite is that upgrades for the standard edition have been discontinued in favor of the client's high-end sibling, WebSite Pro. While a bit long in the tooth (the last update was made in August of 1996), WebSite remains feature for feature one of the better Web servers for setting up sites for individuals and small workgroups. Still, at $249, this is not an app that fits into the budget of all users; for this reason, a careful examination of the alternative servers available is one critically important tip that you won't find listed in the WebSite manual. Additionally, if you operate a Web site in a larger environment or if you have a high-traffic site, WebSite Pro or a similar high-end Web server will likely meet your needs better than the standard WebSite client. In addition to a myriad of configurable settings, a Web 'quickstats' client, an image map editor, a Web indexer, and a server administration toolit are all right at your fingertips.

Pros: Excellent set of features, one of the better entry-level Web servers on the market
Cons: Price is quite high, especially with freeware alternatives available; somewhat outdated

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