Learn to install, configure and tweak NGINX to create secure, high performance web servers from scratch.
Build a strong foundation in NGINX with this practical course suited to both beginners and the more experienced.
An invaluable skill for any techie or developer in the web industry
NGINX is the fastest growing and most popular web server for a reason, so understanding it will be an invaluable skill to anyone working in the web industry, specially network admins & web developers.
This course will provide a very practical and concise approach to learning NGINX and will give you a solid base to immediately start creating secure, high performance web servers.
Content and Overview
With 24 concise and practical lectures, this course aims to teach a solid foundational understanding of NGINX and is suitable for anyone with a basic understanding of networking and the linux command line interface.
The course starts by looking at the differences between NGINX and Apache for those with Apache experience and then explains the different ways of installing NGINX, customising your install, and configuring NGINX as a service.
The installation section also covers updating NGINX without downtime and adding/removing modules.
The bulk of the course is then focussed on configuring NGINX as a web server, including connecting it to a PHP backend and configuring some of NGINX's best features, such as Gzipping and GeoIP.
The final section will go over securing the server and the user via SSL and other security best practices.
Upon completion of this course you will have the practical skills to immediately start building secure, high performance web servers or improve and better understand existing hosting solutions you might work with.
This course is to the point and everything is demonstrated in the most simple, yet practical ways.
We do not focus on the theory, but get straight to installing, configuring and learning!
A quick look at who created Nginx & why it was needed. Also covers a brief conceptual overview of Nginx architecture.
Apache has been the go to web server for years, and many students will be familiar with it, this video explain just how Nginx differs from Apache and the pros and cons of each, including:
Learn how to install Nginx on a linux based system using a package manager such as apt-get or yum.
How to configure, build and install Nginx from source.
After installing Nginx from source, this video covers how to configure Nginx as a system service for easier process management.
Configuring Nginx as a service will allow service commands like:
This also allows changes to the Nginx configuration to be loaded easilly without any server downtime.
A very brief overview of running Nginx on Windows and it's limitations.
Understand the Nginx configuration terms like 'context' and 'directive' in order to follow along and also grasp external resources and documentation.
Learn how to write location blocks for different behaviours on different URI requests to the server.
Fine tune error and access logs on the server for better debugging and optimised performance.
Explains different types of directives and how they get inherited.
Also covers the try_files directive.
How to install a standalone server-side language (PHP-FPM) and configure Nginx to communicate with it via either a unix socket or a TCP port.
Learn to optimise the Nginx process by configuring options such as:
Build Nginx with dynamically loadable modules.
Learn to enable and optimise Gzipping on the server for significant performance increases in the browser.
Learn to enable Nginx's built in FastCGI cache for caching dynamic responses as static resources. This allows for greatly improved server response times and improves the load handling capability of the server.
An explanation and demonstration of implementing request rate limits on the server. This includes limiting:
Looks at configuring the MP4 module for Nginx. This includes setting streaming limits and using pseudo streaming.
Set up geo location data on the server. This video teaches how to:
Why HTTP2 and how to configure an Nginx Vhost to support HTTP2 connections.
A quiz on the basic concepts of configuring Nginx.
Encrypt connection via HTTPS. This video demonstrates creating and installing SSL certificates and configuring Nginx to listen for HTTPS connections.
Secure all or parts of the server via password. Learn to use apache-utils to create a password file and configure Nginx to secure requests to a certain URI.
Some best practises for securing an Nginx server, including:
An overview of some changes to the lessons' format and tools used to test reverse proxying and load balancing.
Learn to implement reverse proxying in NGINX as a feature in of itself rather than only to support a backend.
An introduction to understanding the basic concept of load balancing and a default round-robin implementation of NGINX as a load balancer.
Learn to customise an NGINX load balancer by means of ip hashing or connection-based load balancing.
See where to find the best Nginx resources, references and further learning. Also covers the standard Nginx documentation structure.
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