What web server does STORM use?

OverviewSTORM uses Nginx as it’s primary web server. We have chosen to use Nginx on STORM as it is built for performance especially when serving static files such as Javascript, CSS and images.In addition to Nginx, STORM also utilises Apache meaning that your sites can still use .htaccess files for things like redirects. This is done internally on the server via a reverse proxy. Any requests for files that are not static content such as PHP and HTML pages will be sent to through to Apache via the reverse proxy. For performance any PHP requests are served from PHP-PFM.

What File Types Does Nginx Serve?Static files are determined by the file extension. The following extensions are considered static files:By default, Nginx will serve static files from any site within STORM. Static files are determined by the file extension. The following extensions are considered static files:bmpclasscsscsvdocdocxejseotepsgificojarjpegjpgjsmidmidiotfpdfpictplspngpptpptxpssvgsvgzswftiftiffttfwebpwoffwoff2xlsxlsxUsing Apache to server static filesIf you would prefer that all requests go to Apache it is possible to bypass Nginx on a per site basis by unchecking the “Use NGINX to server static files” box within the website configuration dashboard in STORM.

Nginx will still be the front end web server however unchecking this option will mean that all file types will be sent to through to Apache via the reverse proxy.

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