How to change your web server to Nginx

DreamHost’s Apache web servers are configured in process-based mode. This means that each process serves one simultaneous connection and uses a significant amount of memory for that, thus limiting concurrent user count. DreamHost offers the option to change your web server to Nginx within the panel.

  1. Navigate to the (Panel > ‘VPS’ > ‘Dashboard’) page.
  2. Click the Configure button to the right of your VPS.
  3. Select a server from the ‘HTTP Server’ drop down menu:
    Under the section 'Web Serve Configuration' is an 'HTTP Server' dropdown:
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    • Apache
    • nginx
    • No web server
  • Nginx servers use async i/o and can handle large count of concurrent connections without consuming much RAM, especially when serving static files.
  • Most of the time, Apache is more than sufficient but if your site is receiving very heavy traffic, you may wish to look into nginx.

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