I'm considering changing from apache to nginx, but I imagine it's going to be a pain.

I've read

So far I haven't been able to find much information on problems associated with changing from apache to nginx.


I know that I'll need to convert any apache rules to nginx format. I expect extensions that rely on .htaccess files will either not work or I will have to manually convert their rules to nginx.

  • Are there any other Joomla related problems I'm likely to encounter when going from apache to nginx?

  • Has anyone taken the nginx plunge for Joomla? Would you recommend doing it?

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I have already taken the "plunge" to nginx, and my findings:

  • .htaccess rules are one of the main problems, but can be overcome by "translating" them to nginx configuration instructions (you can do them by hand, but there are some handy tools on the internet to help you convert them, like this one: htaccess to nginx converter)

    Note that in some cases having an .htaccess with certain rules (which nginx will ignore) will break the site! (nginx ignores it, but somehow it breaks it (giving an error 500)). This has not happened to the stock .htaccess from Joomla.

  • Virtual hosts are managed in a different way (not really related to Joomla, but still important to know)

  • It is indeed very fast! I compared to the same site with an Apache server.

Other than that I haven't found any other problems.

EDIT: some aditional input about the extensions:

  • All the stock extensions work as expected

  • The URL rewriting and SEO works as expected (as long as you define the rules in nginx)

  • Other extensions work as expected, the ones I tested are:

    Akeeba Backup (latest); JCE (latest); Community Builder (latest); Chronoforms (latest)

  • Even my customized extensions (created by myself) work without any hickups!

This was with two sites (the technical details are Joomla 3.2.2, nginx/1.1.19, PHP 5.4.25 (FPM), mySQL 5.5.35, Ubuntu 12.04.4).

The bottom line is that in my tests and production sites, all is working fine and not that hard to set up and run, so go for it!

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