Change your web server to Nginx

Overview

DreamHost offers the option to change your web server from Apache to Nginx within the panel for VPS and Dedicated Servers.

Before changing to Nginx, view the following article for a detailed comparison of Apache and Nginx to ensure Nginx is the best option for your website.

.htaccess files

Nginx does not support directory-level configuration files, such as Apache's .htaccess file. This means that if you have previously created a website that uses an .htaccess file, all code within it will no longer function. This could particularly be an issue for certain WordPress configurations. View the following article for more information: 

Make sure your site is not dependent on your .htaccess file before proceeding.

If your website depends on certain .htaccess rules to function, review your software documentation for Nginx configuration options. 

Changing your server

Switching to Nginx will not affect your website files. They will remain where they are and will not be touched by this change.

  1. Navigate to the Servers or Dedicated Dashboard page.
  2. Click the Manage button to the right of your server.
  3. Scroll down to the Server Configuration section.
  4. Next to HTTP Server, click the dropdown and choose an nginx with PHP #.# option.
  5. Click the Confirm button at the bottom to save your changes.

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