The Basic Functionality of a Web Server

A web server delivers data that is requested by a web browser. The data can have differnt formats such as HTML files, image files, Flash animations, or sound files.

Web browsers and web servers communicate using HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol).

In addition to delivering data to the web browser, a web server can perform tasks such as limiting access to specific web pages, logging access to a file, and encrypting the connection between a server and browser.

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