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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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Porting your Apache configuration

That's it. You've had enough of Apache. You have finally decided to make a complete switch to Nginx. There are quite a few steps ahead of you now, the first of which is to adapt your previous configuration in a way that ensures that your existing websites work 1:1 after the switch.


This section will summarize some of the common Apache configuration directives, and attempt to provide equivalent replacement solutions from Nginx. The following list gives the order of the default Apache configuration file:

Apache directive

Nginx equivalent

ServerTokens: Apache allows you to configure the information transmitted in the request headers regarding the server OS and the software name and versions.

server_tokens: In Nginx, you may enable or disable the transmission of server information by using the server_tokens directive from the main HTTP module.

ServerRoot: This lets you define the root folder of the server, which contains the configuration and...