Apache vs. nginx

Kevin Wilcox kevin.wilcox at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 11:48:45 UTC 2012

On Jul 18, 2012 5:19 AM, "Wojciech Puchar" <wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl>
>> 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.
> it depends of your needs.

This is a fantastic statement (I'm being serious, not facetious), because
it really does.

For specific purposes - serving static content with few bells and whistles,
dedicated PHP application servers for custom apps and stuff like Drupal, I
can't see ever going back to Apache. The nginx configs are too clean and
too simple.

For a large site with more complex authentication and access restriction
needs that are handled by the web server, I wouldn't drift from Apache -
not because I think nginx couldn't handle it but because I don't know if it
could and because I am less comfortable with saying I did it properly with
nginx than saying the same thing about Apache.


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