Wikipedia defined web hosting service as a type of internet hosting service that allows individuals and businesses to make their website available via the world wide web. Web hosting services are delivered by specialised computer system called web server. Companies that provide web hosting services are called web hosts. They provide internet connectivity and server space for the clients to build or host their website files.
Most web hosting companies offer File Transfer Protocol (FTP) as a means of transferring files from the computer to the hosting server space. Additionally a web hosting control panel is packaged to the web hosting account for easy access to application scripts, backup, database, email, DNS, domain management and others. cPanel is one of the best and most intuitive, user friendly web hosting control panel available in the market today. Most of the companies packaged their web hosting plans with cPanel. They customise cPanel to offer company specific features. Some companies have proprietary web hosting control panel.
Web server is dedicated computer system both hardware and software that processes hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) requests which handles the distribution of information in the world wide web. This computer system is usually used to host websites. Today, web servers are also used to host enterprise or gaming applications, email and storage.
Apache is the most widely-used web server software. It is an open-source software developed and supported by the Apache Software Foundation based on Unix-like systems such as Unix itself and Linux operating systems distributions.