WordPress specific Nginx conf tweaks - Please see the updated repo at
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WordPress specific Nginx configurations, tweaks, compatibility routines, etc.


Tested with Nginx version 1.4.x in

  • Debian 6.x & Debian 7.x
  • Ubuntu 12.04.x

For Fedora, Redhat, CentOS and Amazon Linux AMI or similar distributions, please look at the CentOS branch.

How to Install

Please backup your old configuration files...

TIMESTAMP=$(date +%F_%H-%M-%S)
mkdir $HOME/nginx-backup-$TIMESTAMP
cp -a /etc/nginx/* $HOME/nginx-backup-$TIMESTAMP

As sudo or root, please use the following guidelines...

git clone git://github.com/pothi/WordPress-Nginx.git $HOME/git/wp-nginx
cd $HOME/git/wp-nginx
git checkout centos
cp -a $HOME/git/wp-nginx/* /etc/nginx/
rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/domainname.conf
# Other steps that depends on your particular requirement:
# YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME=tinywp.com
# mv /etc/nginx/sites-available/domainname.conf /etc/nginx/sites-available/$YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME.conf
# cd /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
# ln -s ../sites-available/$YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME.conf
# sed -i --follow-symlinks 's/domainname.com/'$YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME'/g' /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/$YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME.conf
# nginx -t && service nginx restart

Changes on CentOS

CentOS has a different file naming convention, yet simple directory structure, when compared to Debian derivatives. Let me describe them and I'd let you decide upon how you'd want to structure your files and name those files.

  • The configuration for default sites are named as default.conf and ssl.conf in /etc/nginx/conf.d/.
  • There is no sites-available or sites-enabled folder.
  • The file /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params in Debian is named as /etc/nginx/fastcgi.conf in CentOS.

Questions, Issues or Bugs?

  • Please submit issues or bugs via Github
  • Patches, improvements, and suggestions are welcomed.
  • Please use contact form at https://www.tinywp.in/contact/ , if you'd like to contact Pothi Kalimuthu for other reasons.
  • I'm available for hire to setup, tweak or troubleshoot your server to provide the fastest WordPress hosting.
  • Thanks for having a look here. Have a good time!