NGINX Fundamentals: High Performance Servers from Scratch

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4 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
Learn to create custom Nginx web servers
Customise your Nginx install
Secure & optimise your server
Add an invaluable skill to your resume
Verifiable certificate of completion
About the course

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.

  • Learn to customise the NGINX installation
  • Configure NGINX as a web server
  • Install & configure a server-side programming language as an NGINX backend
  • Learn to tweak NGINX for optimal performance
  • Secure NGINX with some security best practises

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 39 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!

Learn about the key motivations behind NGINX's and how it differs from Apache
What to expectfrom this course.
A quick look at NGINX's backstory and basic architecture.
NGINX vs Apache
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:
  • Performance
  • Memory Usage
  • Server-side language configuration
  • URI handling
Test your knowledge
Learn to configure & build a custom NGINX install, and add NGINX as a system service
Server Overview
An overview of thelessonstructure:
  • Demo server
  • File transfer clients
  • Terminal and Editor
Installing with a Package Manager
Learn the most basic way to installand startNGINX,using a package manager such as apt-get or yum.
Building Nginx from Source & Adding Modules
How to configure and compile a customised NGINX install from source:
  • Downloading source code
  • Configuring custom source code compilation options
  • Adding non-default modules
Adding an NGINX Service
Learn to add a custom NGINX install as a systemd service, for easier process management.
Nginx for Windows
An overview of why this course excludes Windows
Test your knowledge
  • Understand basic networking concepts
  • Be comfortable using the command line
Ray Viljoen
Ray Viljoen
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