Quinn's Blog

Switching wordpress to nginx

August 23, 2010

I just updated my server to use nginx from apache/mod_php because loading wordpress on my tiny slicehost slice was tanking the poor thing. Apache was spawning processes like crazy and pages were taking forever to load, even when I am the only person viewing the site. My new setup uses php-cgi based on this tutorial:


this is what my nginx config looks like:

server {
  listen          80;
  server_name     blog.quinnshanahan.com;

  access_log      /var/log/nginx/blog.quinnshanahan.com.access_log;
  error_log       /var/log/nginx/blog.quinnshanahan.com.error_log warn;

  root            /var/www/blog.quinnshanahan.com;

  index           index.php index.html;
  fastcgi_index   index.php;

  location / {
    # this sends all non-existing file or directory requests to index.php
    if (!-e $request_filename) {
      rewrite ^(.+)$ /index.php?q=$1 last;

  location ~ \.php {
    include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
    keepalive_timeout 0;
    fastcgi_param   SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

highly recommended.. its amazing how much faster it is!