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How to setup your wordpress website in nginx server

Long ago I learned of the advantages of nginx over apache, just google it. Planned to migrate our sites but didn't manage to do it until last weekend. So here's what I did to do that:

I'm assuming you already have a functional wordpress with mysql setup and html / php files in /var/www/html (the usual).

First we need to install nginx and php:

sudo apt-get install nginx php5-fpm

Next, configure nginx virtual config, like in apache. Default config file is at /etc/nginx/sites-available/default, copy it and edit like below:

cp /etc/nginx/sites-available/default /etc/nginx/sites-available/my-site

//modify my-site
server {
        listen 80 default_server;
        listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;

        root /var/www/html;
        index index.php index.html index.htm;

        server_name your_domain.com;

        location / {
                # try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
                try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$uri&$args;

        error_page 404 /404.html;

        error_page 500 502 503 504 /50x.html;
        location = /50x.html {
                root /usr/share/nginx/html;

        location ~ \.php$ {
                try_files $uri =404;
                fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
                fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
                fastcgi_index index.php;
                include fastcgi_params;

//remove default enabled site
rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default

//enable my-site
ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/my-site /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

//restart or reload
sudo service nginx restart
sudo service php5-fpm restart

Your website should now be up and running in nginx.

*Keep your eye on missing comma ;.
How to setup your wordpress website in nginx server How to setup your wordpress website in nginx server Reviewed by Edward Legaspi on Monday, November 02, 2015 Rating: 5

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