A server is a specialised computer designed to store, process, and manage data, providing the backbone for your website’s online presence. It handles user requests, delivers web pages and files, and executes server-side tasks.

There are several types of servers, including web servers, database servers, and mail servers. Web servers store and deliver your website’s files, while database servers manage the data for web applications like eCommerce stores or content management systems (CMS).

In web hosting, you can choose between shared servers, virtual private servers (VPS), and dedicated servers, depending on your website’s requirements, traffic, and budget.

Industry Defaults
Server TypesShared, VPS, Dedicated
Operating SystemsLinux, Windows
Server ManagementManaged, Unmanaged