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Nginx HTTP Proxying, Load Balancing, Buffering, and Caching: an Overview

Introduction Nginx is a high-performance web server that is also used as a reverse proxy, mail proxy, load balancer, and HTTP cache. Nginx is free and open-source, allowing anyone to download and use it in their server environment. You may have already used Nginx to serve websites. In this tutorial, we will be discussing the other capabilities of Nginx. The …

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Installing an SSL Certificate From a Commercial Certificate Authority: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction SSL certificates are tools that enable you to make your server more secure. These data files make the connections between a server and a browser safer. They are the difference between an HTTP and an HTTPS website. The way an SSL certificate works is that it encrypts your data stream, vets out the traffic, and verifies user identities. It …

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How To Create a Kubernetes Cluster Using Kubeadm on Ubuntu 18.04

This tutorial will guide you on setting up a Kubernetes cluster from scratch using Ansible and Kubeadm and further deploying a containerized Nginx application with it. Introduction Kubernetes (also known as k8s or “kube”) is an open-source container orchestration platform that automates many of the manual processes involved in deploying, managing, and scaling containerized applications. Kubernetes has a rapidly growing …

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How To Share Data Between a Docker Container and a Host

Introduction Generally, Docker containers only run for a certain period of time – the time it takes to run the command. The data that is available inside the container can only be accessed from within the container during the runtime. Docker volumes can be used for accessing the files easily and storing them for a longer period. For example, if …

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Nginx Server and Location Block Selection Algorithms: Overview

Introduction Nginx is among the world’s most popular web server options. It is able to successfully deal with a multitude of simultaneous client connections. At the same time, it is functioning as a mail, web, or reverse proxy server. This guide aims to outline the behind-the-scenes methods that direct how Nginx processes client requests. We will demystify the server and …

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Netcat Utility on Linux: Testing TCP/UDP Connections on a VPS with Netcat

Introduction One of the biggest advantages of using Linux is the plethora of helpful utilities it provides. The in-program features are usually sufficient for most programmers to do their work. This means that most of the time, you will not need to download external programs and software. The built-in tools will provide you enough utility. Among these helpful features is …

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Deploying Laravel, Nginx, and MySQL with Docker Compose

Introduction Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) are some of the most trending topics in software development currently. To achieve the CI/CD aspect of software architecture, developers make use of containers. Containers are lightweight, virtualized, portable, software-defined environments. In containers, the software can run in isolation of other software running on the physical host machine. The focus of this …

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The World of Web Servers: Apache vs. Nginx

Introduction to Apache and Nginx Web servers and protocols are designed to enable users to view web pages. They send a request to view a document that is accepted by the server. The host then essentially serves the document or information to the viewer. The web server plays a central role in letting you view and access web pages on …

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How to Secure Nginx with Let’s Encrypt on Ubuntu 20.04

Having a secure website is vital to ensuring a reputable online presence for any business. Website security should be among your top concerns especially if you are transferring sensitive data between your website and your website visitors. A simple Google search of ‘how to secure a website’ will bring you several directives. One of the top results is an SSL …

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How to Install the LEMP stack (Linux, Nginx, MySQL PHP) on Ubuntu 20.04

Introduction In the world of the internet, several technologies come together to form a solution that enables internet users to access dynamic content on the world wide web. LEMP stack is one of those solutions. It brings together four technologies that make a complete server solution for high-performance and dynamic websites. LEMP is an acronym for Linux, Nginx, MySQL, and …