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Apache is an (some would say the) open source webserver; used more than any other webserver in the world. It is available for easy installation from FreeBSD's ports tree in several different flavors, including pre-configured versions with and without OpenSSL, mod_php, frontpage extensions, and lots more.

Apache fits most purposes well, however when configured with PHP and mod_perl it becomes quite a memory hog. In those cases a separate server for static content becomes very desirable. Apache itself is reasonably light when the aforementioned modules are not loaded, however thttpd is even lighter. A reverse proxy setup also solves the problem well.

See also - Apache2_Installation - Apache2_Configuration

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