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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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Chapter 5. PHP and Python with Nginx

The first decade of the twenty-first century has been the decade of server-side technologies. Over the past fifteen years or so, an overwhelming majority of websites have migrated from simple static HTML content to highly and fully dynamic pages, taking the Web to an entirely new level in terms of interaction with visitors. Software solutions, including open source ones, emerged quickly and some became mature enough to process high-traffic websites. In this chapter, we will study the ability of Nginx to interact with these applications. We have selected two applications for different reasons. The first one is, obviously, PHP, W3Techs, a website specializing in web technology surveys, reveals that as of June 2015, PHP empowers over 80 percent of the websites designed with a server-side language. The second language in our selection is Python due to the way it is installed and configured to work with Nginx. The mechanism, as we will discover soon, effortlessly...