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Nginx HTTP Server - Fourth Edition

By : Martin Bjerretoft Fjordvald, Clement Nedelcu
Book Image

Nginx HTTP Server - Fourth Edition

By: Martin Bjerretoft Fjordvald, 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 book is a detailed guide to setting up Nginx in 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 direct reference will be indispensable at all stages of the configuration and maintenance processes. This book mainly targets the most recent version of Nginx (1.13.2) and focuses on all the new additions and improvements, such as support for HTTP/2, improved dynamic modules, security enhancements, and support for multiple SSL certificates. 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 that 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 (13 chapters)

HTTP core module

The HTTP core module is the component that contains all of the fundamental blocks, directives, and variables of the HTTP server. It's enabled by default when you configure the build (as described in Chapter 1, Downloading and Installing Nginx), but it's actually optional—you can decide not to include it in your custom build. Doing so will completely disable all HTTP functionalities, and all of the other HTTP modules will not be compiled. Obviously, if you purchased this book, it's highly likely that you are interested in the web-serving capacities of Nginx, so you will have this enabled.

This module is the largest of all standard Nginx modules—it provides an impressive number of directives and variables. In order to understand all of these new elements and how they come into play, we first need to understand the logical organization...