WordPress performance requirements can vary amongst projects, but one thing certainly remains the same throughout—it must be fast. Another requirement that goes without saying—it must be economical, so we cannot have resource intensive solutions. Solutions must be lean, mean and reliable, and to fully maximise income on your site, the expenditure on hosting must be kept to a minimum.
If you are expecting to be receiving a lot of traffic, the web server configuration you’re serving WordPress on has a direct effect on the performance of your site, affecting the load time and stability.
When choosing your web server, you have several choices; Apache, Nginx, IIS, Caddy, and Lighttpd are all popular projects. We will be covering Apache and Nginx in this guide.
It’s estimated that out of the whole internet combined, Apache Server and Nginx together serve 50% of all web traffic.
If you are a newcomer to the topic, maybe you are confused by the two seemingly identical purposes of the software—to serve web sites. I hope to clarify more below how the two differ and how to take advantage of either’s features.
Apache and Nginx are very established projects, and they both have