I have been asked many times about this questions by our customers that what is differences between Nginx and Apache web servers and why cPanel doesn’t provide Nginx with their package and most of the third-party modules are not working properly for the same. At the time, these are two most popular and widely used OpenSource webserver software run 75% of websites and application on the web.
First of all, let’s discuss which web server is better as per your needs and understand Nginx server in a better way. We are into Web Hosting industry since 2011 handling thousands of VPS and Dedicated server customers and most of them have a different kind of server usages. Some of the usages of personal websites and some of their customers, so it’s very challenging for us to decide which web server good for them.
LiteSpeed on Apache?
Web Hosting companies don’t really prefer Nginx Proxy as it’s not natively supported by cPanel you wouldn’t get any support from them for the same, but there is solution to get your server speed up even better than Proxy Server like Nginx you highly recommended to use LiteSpeed web server with small budget and you will get full support from cPanel and LiteSpeed team as well.
Our GoogieHost servers powered with LiteSpeed to handle thousands of accounts on Xeon E5 8 core processors, here is the result of request serving comparison
Its not only us using LSWS many of other known brands like LiquidWeb, KnownHost, SimpleServers, InterServer etc, but yes as LS comes with core base license then you wouldn’t be able to find it in low budget web hosting solutions like GoDaddy Web Hosting plans or iPage Hosting because they don’t have cPanel and structure to use such options.
What is Nginx?
This one of the best software to run your website on the Web Server after Apache, if you compare it with Apache web servers then both of them has own benefits and downside as well but still, connection handling type is the scenario why people use Nginx over Apache and this can be compared with following comparisons parameter…
|Connection Handling||There is 3 types of connection handling modules algorithms with Apache based on MPM. Mpm_prefork, Mpm_worker and mpm_worker||Event based handling Algorithm|
|Resources||Eat high resources depending upon request type||Can Handle thousands of requests on low resources|
|OS Support||Mostly used on CentOS||Mostly used on Ubuntu|
|Best for||Production level multisite||Idol for Single site or App*|
|Stability||Reliable and very flexible on customization according to your needs however it serves Static content||Very limited to core changes and serves Dynamic content and it helps to serve request much faster than Apache|
Best for cPanel Ngnix Vs Apache?
cPanel itself doesn’t officially support Nginx with prebuild configurations but there are some third-party modules to Install and configure it with your cPanel/WHM server. As we can see that both of them has their own performance structure and what I believe is if you are running a Web Hosting company using the server to host more than 1 projects then Apache is a reliable solution but if you need fast performance for specific type of projects then Nginx has no alternative at the moment.
How to Install Nginx on cPanel server?
As cPanel doesn’t support this server app directly that’s why are two free option available to get better performance out of your cPanel server….
In some cases, I have seen Digital Ocean 1GB Droplet handles over 1000 real-time traffic on dynamic serving type with Nginx while Apache slows down after 100 real-time traffic on the same specification of VPS Hosting from DO.
Engintron: It’s very often used and easy to integrate tool if you don’t want to have much knowledge about Linux handling.
NginxCP: Another free module to get your server x5 times better performance with few easy tweaks.
Both these modules don’t have any support option as they are 100% free comes under GPL license and you have to ask your system admin to do the setup for you or get Nginx based VPS and Dedicated servers from YouStable.com at the affordable price which is our own brand.
In final words which is best?
The answer is LiteSpeed! I am saying this after 4 years of experience on all these three available options to improve your server performance at very less cost but still if you do not have a budget and have good Linux expertise then Nginx is best for you. Try and do let us know in the comment section which is best for you.