What is a Server?
Internet Marketing Dictionary
A Server is a computer that stores information
such as the files that make up a website and serves that
information up to Client computers when asked to do so.
Typically a web server is used to host a website and respond to
requests made over the internet by browsers (Clients) such as
Internet Explorer or Firefox.
The terminology sounds horrible - servers and
clients sound very impersonal - but the names are quite good
from a descriptive point of view. A server does what it is
asked to do: serve up files. A client is the computer that asks
the server for information.
Note that this terminology doesn't just apply
to the internet. Servers are often used in businesses and
organisations to act as a central store of key data ranging
from simple internal telephone directories right up to huge
If you operate a website you need to set up a
server in order for internet users to be able to access your
pages. You can either do this by renting services from an
existing hosting company or by buying your own
server. Many hosting companies now provide you with a choice
of having your own server installed in their premises. This
gives you physical security and links to the internet whilst
letting you run all your internet services from a computer
that no one else uses.
Lower cost servers are typically shared between
a range of different sites which keeps costs down. However, the
cost of owning or operating your own server in a server farm
has fallen rapidly and if you are planning to use the internet
for business purposes it will probably make sense to explore
the costs of owning or leasing your own. Many professional
internet marketers do this.