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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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All throughout this chapter, we have discovered modules that help you in improving or fine-tuning the configuration of your web server. Nginx fiercely stands up to other concurrent web servers in terms of functionality, and its approach towards virtual hosts and the way they are configured will probably convince many administrators to make the switch.

Three additional modules were left out though. The FastCGI module will be approached in the next chapter, as it will allow us to configure a gateway to applications such as PHP or Python. The second one, the proxy module, which lets us design complex setups, will be described in Chapter 7, From Apache to Nginx. Finally, The upstream module will be detailed in Chapter 8, Introducing Load Balancing and Optimization.