Apache vs. nginx

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at tx.rr.com
Tue Jul 17 14:41:48 UTC 2012

I'm the admin for a small hobby website (Stovebolt.com - about 7 million 
hits/mo).  We're fixin to buy a new server, and since I have to start from 
scratch (install FreeBSD and all the needed ports), I'm wondering if anyone 
on this list has switched from Apache to nginx.

If you have, what has your experience been like?  Was the change relatively 
easy?  (I'm not intimidated by technical details.  I've been running 
FreeBSD on these servers for about 12 years now.)  Was the performance 
better?  (We've not been having any problems with Apache to this point.) 
Is there sufficient support from addon apps to run a site with a php-driven 

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
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