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Nginx HTTP Server, Third Edition

By : Clement Nedelcu
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Nginx HTTP Server, Third Edition

By: Clement Nedelcu

Overview of this book

Nginx is a lightweight HTTP server designed for high-traffic websites, with network scalability as the primary objective. With the advent of high speed Internet access, short loading times and fast transfer rates have become a necessity. This free, open source solution will either come as a full replacement of other software such as Apache, or stand in front of your existing infrastructure to improve its overall speed. This book is a detailed guide to setting up Nginx in different ways that correspond to actual production situations: as a standalone server, as a reverse proxy, interacting with applications via FastCGI, and more. In addition, this complete directive reference will be your best friend at all stages of the configuration and maintenance processes. This book is the perfect companion for both Nginx beginners and experienced administrators. For beginners, it will take you through the complete process of setting up this lightweight HTTP server on your system and configuring its various modules so it does exactly what you need quickly and securely. For more experienced administrators, this book provides different approaches that can help you make the most of your current infrastructure. Nginx can be employed in many situations, whether you are looking to construct an entirely new web-serving architecture or simply want to integrate an efficient tool to optimize your site loading speeds.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Nginx HTTP Server Third Edition
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Most of the problems you run into occur during the early configuration stages while you test your server before production. These problems are usually easier to deal with, because you are mentally prepared for the challenge and, more importantly, because Nginx points out syntax or configuration errors on start-up. It is, on the other hand, much more difficult to identify the cause of malfunctions while your websites are actually in their production stages. But once again, Nginx saves the day: if you properly configure the log files (both access and error logs), and make a habit of reading them regularly, you will find that problem solving is made easy.

This concludes our journey with Nginx, during which we have been through a large number of subjects: from basic mechanisms of the HTTP server to web application deployment and troubleshooting. If you are interested in becoming a true Nginx expert, we recommend further reading: Mastering Nginx, by Dimitri Aivaliotis, and NGINX High Performance...