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Harness the Full Potential of NGINX for Optimal Web Serving and Scalable Applications


Are you ready to explore the world of web serving and application scalability with NGINX? "Mastering NGINX" is your definitive guide to mastering the art of configuring, managing, and optimizing NGINX for peak performance. Whether you're a system administrator responsible for web server operations or a developer seeking insights into NGINX's capabilities, this comprehensive book equips you with the knowledge and tools to build high-performance web solutions.

Mastering NGINX

  • 1.Introduction to NGINX
    1.1.Understanding Web Servers and NGINX's Role
    1.2.Evolution and Background of NGINX
    1.3.Significance of NGINX in Modern Web Development
    1.4.Overview of NGINX Architecture and Components
    2.Installing and Setting Up NGINX
    2.1.Prerequisites for Installing NGINX
    2.2.Installation Process on Different Operating Systems
    2.3.Customizing the Installation
    2.4.Initial Configuration and Server Setup
    3.NGINX Configuration Files
    3.1.Exploring the NGINX Configuration Structure
    3.2.Main Configuration File (nginx.conf) Explained
    3.3.Server Blocks (Virtual Hosts) and Configuration Directives
    3.4.Advanced Configuration Options and Overrides
    4.Server Blocks and Virtual Hosting
    4.1.Creating Server Blocks for Multiple Websites
    4.2.Name-based and IP-based Virtual Hosting
    4.3.Configuring Server Name Aliases and Wildcard Domains
    4.4.SSL/TLS Configuration for Secure Server Blocks
    5.URL Rewriting and Redirection
    5.1.URL Rewriting in NGINX
    5.2.Using the rewrite Module for URL Manipulation
    5.3.Creating Redirects and Rewriting Rules
    5.4.Utilizing Regular Expressions for Advanced Rewriting
    6.Load Balancing and Reverse Proxy
    6.1.Load Balancing Strategies with NGINX
    6.2.Reverse Proxy Configuration
    6.3.Configuring Proxy Pass and Load Balancer Modules
    6.4.Session Persistence and Health Checks
    7.Caching and Content Delivery
    7.1.Caching Techniques with NGINX
    7.2.Configuring FastCGI Cache and Proxy Cache
    7.3.Content Compression and Gzip Configuration
    7.4.CDN Integration for Optimized Content Delivery
    8.Security and Access Control
    8.1.Implementing Security Measures in NGINX
    8.2.Setting Up Access Control with Allow/Deny Directives
    8.3.Protecting Sensitive Information with HTTP Headers
    8.4.Blocking Malicious Requests and Preventing DDoS Attacks
    9.SSL/TLS and HTTPS Configuration
    9.1.SSL/TLS Essentials
    9.2.Generating and Installing SSL Certificates
    9.3.Perfect Forward Secrecy and Security Enhancements
    9.4.Best Practices for HTTPS Deployment
    10.Performance Optimization
    10.1.Analyzing and Enhancing NGINX Performance
    10.2.Leveraging Browser Caching and Cache Control
    10.3.TCP and Connection Optimization
    10.4.Tuning NGINX for High Traffic Environments
    11.Logging and Monitoring
    11.1.NGINX Logging Overview
    11.2.Configuring Access and Error Logs
    11.3.Log Analysis and Interpretation
    11.4.Monitoring NGINX Performance with Third-party Tools
    12.High Availability and Scalability
    12.1.Strategies for High Availability with NGINX
    12.2.Setting Up Load Balancers for High Availability
    12.3.Handling Failures and Scaling Out
    12.4.Implementing Distributed Architectures
    13.Securing NGINX and Web Applications
    13.1.Web Application Firewalls (WAF) with NGINX
    13.2.Security Headers and Best Practices
    13.3.Protecting Against Common Web Application Vulnerabilities
    13.4.SSL/TLS Hardening and Security Considerations
    14.NGINX and Microservices
    14.1.Microservices Architecture Overview
    14.2.Proxying and Routing Requests for Microservices
    14.3.Service Discovery and Load Balancing in Microservices
    14.4.Handling Microservices Traffic with NGINX
    15.NGINX in Containers (Docker)
    15.1.Running NGINX in Docker Containers
    15.2.Docker Compose for Multi-Container Setups
    15.3.Managing NGINX Configuration within Containers
    15.4.Orchestrating NGINX Containers with Kubernetes
    16.NGINX in Cloud Environments
    16.1.Deploying NGINX on Cloud Platforms (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud)
    16.2.Load Balancing and Auto Scaling in the Cloud
    16.3.Serverless Integration and Benefits
    17.Advanced NGINX Configuration
    17.1.Advanced Load Balancing Techniques
    17.2.Extending NGINX Functionality with Lua
    17.3.Customizing NGINX Behavior with OpenResty
    17.4.Developing and Integrating Custom Modules
    18.Future Trends in Web Hosting and NGINX
    18.1.HTTP/3 and the Evolution of Web Protocols
    18.2.NGINX's Role in Emerging Web Technologies
    18.3.Adapting to Edge Computing and Serverless Trends
    19.1.Comprehensive Explanation of Configuration Directives
    19.2.Configuration File Structure and Syntax
    19.3.Key Concepts and Definitions Explained
    19.4.Recommended Books, Websites, and Online Communities
    19.5.About the author

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