which web server to choose

Posted on 2006-04-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
I am running web application on ATG Dynamo server. I don't know is it a webserver or application server. If I need the webserver to render PHP pages, Do I need another web server or ATG web server can render PHP Pages ?

If you feel this is a stupid questions, still I need answer for it.


Question by:techie_ns
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    According to shanx24:

    I had to answer a similar question recently!! I was asked to evaluate between iPlanet and ATG.. and I'll quote straight from the email I wrote:

    If (server = iPlanet) and (language = PHP)
    Then it can handle PHP itself - we do not need Apache. iPlanet = competitor of Apache *as well as* ATG, all rolled into one, for big bang $$$. iPlanet is actually quite a super server if one can afford it, which people cannot normally do.

    Else If (server = ATG) and (language = PHP)
    Then we will need Apache because ATG is *only* a J2EE server, not a "complete" webserver. If the whole website was only a J2EE based site (JSP/Servlets/..) then ATG can handle it all by itself. BUT if we go with PHP/PERL/etc then ATG needs to be alongside Apache. ATG, like other J2EE servers can be set up in either a stand alone mode or to run along with Apache. So Apache handles/serves all the usual files itself (HTML, PHP etc) but for all the JSP/Servlets stuff, it pulls in ATG.

    Else If (server = *any*) and (language = JSP)
    Both iPlanet as well as ATG alsone can handle it. Apache can handle it with help from *any* J2EE server. Recommended though: Resin ( or OrionServer (

    Else If (server = *any*) and (language = PHP)
    Apache! Apache! Apache!

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