Nginx HTTP Server - Second Edition

Nginx can be an ideal replacement or supplement to Apache. Learn just how straightforward it can be to embrace the Nginx alternative and run a server designed 100% for today’s web using this brilliant tutorial.

Nginx HTTP Server - Second Edition

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Clément Nedelcu

Nginx can be an ideal replacement or supplement to Apache. Learn just how straightforward it can be to embrace the Nginx alternative and run a server designed 100% for today’s web using this brilliant tutorial.
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ISBN 139781782162322
Paperback318 pages

About This Book

  • Complete configuration directive and module reference
  • Discover possible interactions between Nginx and Apache to get the best of both worlds
  • Learn to configure your servers and virtual hosts efficiently
  • A step-by-step guide to switching from Apache to Nginx

Who This Book Is For

By covering both early setup stages and advanced topics this book will suit web administrators interested in solutions to optimize their infrastructure, whether they are looking into replacing existing web server software or integrating a new tool cooperating with applications already up and running. If you, your visitors and your operating system have been disappointed by Apache, this book is exactly what you need.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Downloading and Installing Nginx
Setting up the prerequisites
Downloading Nginx
Configure options
Controlling the Nginx service
Adding Nginx as a system service
Summary
Chapter 2: Basic Nginx Configuration
Configuration file syntax
Base module directives
A configuration for your profile
Testing your server
Summary
Chapter 3: HTTP Configuration
HTTP Core module
Module directives
Module variables
The Location block
Summary
Chapter 4: Module Configuration
Rewrite module
SSI module
Additional modules
Summary
Chapter 5: PHP and Python with Nginx
Introduction to FastCGI
PHP with Nginx
Python and Nginx
Summary
Chapter 6: Apache and Nginx Together
Nginx as reverse proxy
Nginx proxy module
Configuring Apache and Nginx
Improving the reverse proxy architecture
Summary
Chapter 7: From Apache to Nginx
Nginx versus Apache
Porting your Apache configuration
Rewrite rules
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Download and build Nginx from source along with its dependencies
  • The basics of Nginx configuration: syntax, structure, semantics
  • Create virtual host configurations effortlessly
  • Discover all first-party modules and how to enable, configure and use them
  • Establish advanced rewrite rules with the Nginx Rewrite module
  • Set up Nginx to work with PHP, Python and more via FastCGI
  • Configure Nginx to work as a frontend for your existing HTTP server
  • Learn how to port your Apache rewrite rules through three practical examples
  • Troubleshoot if something goes wrong with the server

In Detail

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.

"Nginx HTTP Server - Second Edition" provides 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, the 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 to get it to do exactly what you need, in a fast and secure way. For more experienced administrators, this book provides different angles of approach 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.

This book takes you through the setup and configuration of Nginx by detailing every step of the way, from downloading to configuring your server in a selection of common architectures.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Downloading and Installing Nginx
Setting up the prerequisites
Downloading Nginx
Configure options
Controlling the Nginx service
Adding Nginx as a system service
Summary
Chapter 2: Basic Nginx Configuration
Configuration file syntax
Base module directives
A configuration for your profile
Testing your server
Summary
Chapter 3: HTTP Configuration
HTTP Core module
Module directives
Module variables
The Location block
Summary
Chapter 4: Module Configuration
Rewrite module
SSI module
Additional modules
Summary
Chapter 5: PHP and Python with Nginx
Introduction to FastCGI
PHP with Nginx
Python and Nginx
Summary
Chapter 6: Apache and Nginx Together
Nginx as reverse proxy
Nginx proxy module
Configuring Apache and Nginx
Improving the reverse proxy architecture
Summary
Chapter 7: From Apache to Nginx
Nginx versus Apache
Porting your Apache configuration
Rewrite rules
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781782162322
Paperback318 pages
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