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One of Apache's strengths is that it is very well supported by the open source user community. Most problems related to Apache have been documented and solved. Fortunately, users frequently share their knowledge and troubleshooting tips with the open source community.
Other applications, primarily open source ones, have been tailored to make use of Apache's Web-serving capabilities. For Web sites that are not driven by a database, Apache is an excellent choice because the startup costs are extremely low and support is easy to come by.
Many Web hosting companies offer Apache hosting plans starting at just a few dollars per month, but you can quickly get your own Apache Web server up and running and host it on your DMZ (just make sure you have enough upstream bandwidth).
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