When most people think of people who make web sites, they think of web designers. These are the people who develop how the web site is going to look. After web designers they think of web developers, the people who actually make the web site. Most of the people who build web sites and are not employed by a big company are what is known as web developers. They create both the look of the web page and they also do the coding behind it. But while these people may be technical, a lot of them still do not know the entire process that goes into hosting and maintaining a web page. They know how to use FTP to place their web page on a an Apache server and that is where there knowledge stops.
But they should be able to go into much more than that. The Apache server is a very complex but easy to use piece of software. If as a web developer you really want to be able to take advantage of everything that it does then you really have to learn more about it. But even better than being able to do more tricks, you will also learn how to be more secure as well.
Keeping Apache secure is very important. No matter if it is you running your own web site or you are maintaining someone else’s, you want to be sure that a remote hacker cannot enter it. The first line of defense in being able to stop a hacker is learning how you can protect Apache better. While there are a few programming tricks that will help you keep hackers away, there is nothing better than to be able to harden Apache to do the job.
There are a lot of resources that will help you get started in learning how to make Apache safe. If you are someone who learned how to program then there is no reason that you cannot learn more about the Apache server as well.