View Poll Results: Apache -vs- nginx -vs- lighttpd?

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  • Apache

    7 33.33%
  • Nginx

    8 38.10%
  • Lighttpd

    2 9.52%
  • Other

    4 19.05%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    My world u just live here

    Question Apache -vs- nginx -vs- lighttpd?

    Apache -vs- nginx -vs- lighttpd?

    So which do you prefer and why?

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    WoltLab Dev

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    I only use Apache2. I am not allowed to use anything else at work. If you know how to optimize apache properly you can get close to nginx speed.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Pflugerville, TX
    Interesting LightSpeed isn't in the poll...

    I think a lot of it has to do with what you're serving. For one of our larger customers (single site on a 3-server cluster), we use a mixture of Apache and Lighttpd. All images get served through a subdomain that routes through lighty, and everything else gets served via Apache. It was a stroke of genius on the part of our admin that really improved performance (particularly before we switched hosts/data centers).

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Houston, Texas, USA
    Apache stands out as confrontational (wouldn't want me an encounter with the Apache warriors). Lighttpd is well... too light. Nginx just "reads" sexy.

    I'd pick Nginx.

    Joe / UNIXY
    UNIXy - Fully Managed Servers and Clusters - Established in 2006
    [ cPanel Varnish Nginx Plugin ] - Enhance LiteSpeed and Apache Performance - Los Angeles | Houston | Atlanta | Rotterdam
    Love to help pro bono (time permitting). joe >

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by h4wk View Post
    If you know how to optimize apache properly you can get close to nginx speed.
    As an Apache fanboy, I'd take this with a grain of salt.

    This is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison (and including Litespeed would only do more of the same). If you need a full-featured webserver, you need Apache - the other two simply won't do the job without massive hackery.

    If you need a full-featured webserver and want the best performance and money is no object, you should look into Litespeed. The TCO can be high, particularly if you're a gifted Apache administrator, that it might not be worth it in all cases - there is also the fact that it's not open source, which rubs some people the wrong way.

    As far as the other two, lighttpd was always pretty good - but nginx is absolutely stunning for what it is.

    As far as the comment quoted above, I don't pretend to be an absolute expert at optimizing Apache2, but I like to think I covered most of the common basics and on pretty low-end hardware nginx absolutely shines over what Apache can do if you don't need a full-featured webserver. We're talking about the same concurrency and throughput (slightly lower on Apache), but system loads that are substantially lower when using nginx. The nginx configuration being mostly out-of-the-box.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    My world u just live here
    I'm looking at possibly leasing my 1st unmanaged, with no control panel... VPS. I'm not 100% worried about being new on self configuring... I'm more worried about picking something for my needs.

    ---- Fast (super fast)
    ---- Uses the least resources (HD space, Swap Memory, Ram, CPU)
    ---- Can take on a lot users / connections (many)
    ---- Stable
    ---- Compatible with other products (newest versions)

    The more I read.... Apache would be good for a beginner like myself, but Nginx maybe more of what I need.

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    WoltLab Dev

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Reading, UK
    We're running LiteSpeed for most clients, we've seen much better stability in shared hosting environments since switching them over, but we've seen a fair number of issues from developers that have required some investigation also.

    My vote goes to Apache for most things, and LiteSpeed if you're working with Magento or a lot of sites on a single server.
    Toby H
    Infrastructure Consultant
    cPanel | VMware | XenServer | cPanel | 3PAR | R1soft

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    lighttpd is best for me. It is really light like its name in using as a newbie, as a newbie i have started with this and am still a Fan of this

  9. #9
    I think Apache is better than others

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