Apache Servers are one of the most important web server softwares of Linux hosting services and generally it has no demands from the webmasters opting for Windows Web Hosting services. A patch can be defined as a small application or a program of software designed for fixing the existing problems or drawbacks with it’s current version. This fixing can be in terms of vulnerabilities, bugs, inabilities and uncompetitiveness compared to other similar competing softwares. In short the patch is the difference between the previous version and upgraded version of a software. Similarly Apache patches are designed to improve the performance of Apache within different areas. Official Patches released by Apache can be treated as upgraded versions of Apache. If one has the Apache source product installed then the patches will be installed or updated automatically, otherwise the files will be there in the actual patch and one can find them under any of the ‘reloc’ directories. Being an open source a person can develop a patch as per his requirements and can also share it with others. But though the patches are developed with the purpose of fixing problems and bugs, a wrongly developed patch can affect inversely with the performance of Apache. Few of the developers also have provided the patch management softwares in the market to manage the patches with the ease. Even few of such softwares can update multiple computers at the same time withing multiple networks.
The range of these patches is very wide and one can choose from the basic home editions to ones which can mange high number of commercial computers networks. The choice is available according to the webmaster’s needs to make their web hosting services more suitable for their website.. Patches related to improvising security features are supposed to be most popular patches among webmasters.
Note : The official patches downloads are available at – http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi