About the Nginx Web Server

Pronounced “engine-x,” this is a lightweight and extremely fast web server. It is free and open source. Some well-known websites such as GitHub, Netflix, and WordPress.com use Nginx because it is stable and fast under high-traffic conditions while using fewer resources. It is not as configurable as Apache, but for specific use cases it is an excellent option and is quite easy to set up and use.


The W3Techs website, which tracks trends on the web, posted an article in July 2013 titled “Nginx just became the most used web server among the top 1000 websites.” They summarized the article this way: “34.9% of the top 1000 websites rely on Nginx. That makes it the most trusted web server on high traffic sites, just ...

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