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Nginx HTTP Server - Fourth Edition

By : Martin Bjerretoft Fjordvald, Clement Nedelcu
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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)

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Downloading and Installing Nginx, will guide you through the early setup stages of downloading and configuring your own build of the program.

Chapter 2, Basic Nginx Configuration, covers the essential aspects of the Nginx configuration structure and syntax.

Chapter 3, HTTP Configuration, takes you through the configuration of the HTTP server components enabling you to serve a first simple static site.

Chapter 4, Module Configuration, provides an in-depth explanation of the large variety of modules available with the standard Nginx package.

Chapter 5, PHP and Python with Nginx, is a comprehensive guide to setting up backend programs for serving dynamic content through Nginx.

Chapter 6, Nginx as an Application Server, describes how Nginx fits into the modern web of microservices and complex SaaS applications.

Chapter 7, Apache and Nginx Together, describes how both server applications can cooperate on the same architecture to improve existing websites and services.

Chapter 8, From Apache to Nginx, provides key information toward fully switching your server or web infrastructure from Apache to Nginx.

Chapter 9, Introduction to Load Balancing and Optimization, provides useful leads for server administrators that manage sites under heavy load.

Chapter 10, Case Studies, offers a practical approach to several real-life examples that include some of the most common tasks performed with Nginx.

Chapter 11, Troubleshooting, covers the most common issues encountered while setting up Nginx or during production stages.