How to install Nginx on cPanel – Nginx cPanel plugins vs Manual Nginx installation

You always get what you want… Before I tried to install Nginx on cPanel based VPS server I practiced with it a lot. I already installed it on several servers running Apache. It was running there as a reverse proxy and somewhere as a caching server. So when I got a task to install Nginx on cPanel I searched Google for something like “apache nginx cpanel install” and I found an article nginx + apache = happy & fast cPanel server that guided me through manual installation process…

But manual installation has some issues and I am going to describe them in the next section.

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Manual Nginx installation

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If you are reading this section I assume that you are already familiar with Nginx, Apache and cPanel, you know what mod_rpaf is and how to install software from source. At least you should have good copy/paste skills and you should not afraid of black console screen. 🙂

Though I used nginx + apache = happy & fast cPanel server guide as a starting point I made some changes to this guide:

  1. Since I installed Nginx using “yum” package installer and not from source I had to change all configuration paths from “/usr/local/nginx/conf/vhost.conf” to “/etc/nginx/conf/vhost.conf”.
  2. I uncommented the “location” section since I wanted to serve static files by Nginx.
  3. I removed “htm|html” from the extension list since some WordPress sites on that server had permalinks ended in “.html” or “.htm”.

Nginx worked like a charm. The main issue I faced later when I had to re-run the configuration script each time I added new domain or a sub-domain to my account. Author of “nginx + apache” article said that it is possible to setup a hook for cPanel scripts, that will reconfigure Nginx automatically, but I did not find this “hook” and the lack of Perl knowledge did not allow to do it myself.

Only a month or two later I found that the plugins that allowed you to install Nginx on the cPanel server automatically and “out of the box” already existed.

Automatic Nginx installation

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There are several cPanel plugins available that allow you to install Nginx on the cPanel server automatically with a minimum technical skills required.

Nginx Admin by http://nginxcp.com/ – free Nginx plugin for cPanel. As I can see from their blog, project is active and updated monthly. You can get a free installation if you donate any amount more than $10.

cPaneL Nginx by http://syslint.com – product homepage – http://cpnginx.com/. Plugin available at 5$/Month for Individual licence and at 3$/Month for Datacenter license. Has 15 days trial period.

NGINX Integration by http://www.remsys.com/ – product homepage – http://www.setupnginx.com/. Plugin available at $20 one time licence and at $10 if you use coupon code “NGINX”. 🙂

Please let me know if I missed something and I will be happy to add it to my list.

Summary

Well, I hope this post will help you to choose the best way of integrating Nginx and cPanel server. If you already used one of the methods above – please, leave a comment! Share your experience!

External links

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nginx
  2. http://wiki.nginx.org/Main
  3. http://www.hostmedic.com/admin/network_administration/nginx-apache-happy-fast-cpanel-server/
  4. http://cpnginx.com/
  5. http://syslint.com/cPnginx
  6. http://www.setupnginx.com/
  7. http://www.remsys.com/products
  8. http://nginxcp.com/

 

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