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Master lighttpd � the lightweight alternative to Apache

Oct 01, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Is your Apache web server too slow? Koen Vervloesem shows you how to use lighttpd instead. This lightweight web server alternative is perfect for virtual private servers and ageing hardware solutions…

"Apache is obviously the most popular open source web server, and it's a good one too. But in some circumstances it really pays off to look at alternatives. For instance, when you rent a virtual private server with not much RAM, you'll soon meet the limits of Apache. By default, this web server is quite resource-hungry and although there are ways to let it use less memory, tuning Apache is something of a dark art.

"So if you don't have the time to fine-tune Apache on your low-end VPS, why not try another web server? lighttpd (pronounced 'lighty') is a promising alternative, because its developers are focusing on performance and simplicity. Moreover, most of the functionality you are used to in Apache – such as modules, URL rewriting and support for CGI and FastCGI – is also available in lighttpd."

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