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What is NGINX?

Powering half of the worlds busiest sites, NGINX is the heart of the modern web. We help you deploy and deliver your sites and apps with performance, reliability, security, and scale. We do this by providing a complete application delivery platform, NGINX Plus: combining load balancing, content caching, web serving, security controls, and monitoring in one easy to use software package. NGINX ensures top performance and flawless delivery for any application across all types of infrastructure.

Who Uses NGINX?

Designed for large enterprises looking to modernize application stack, or reduce reliance on legacy hardware solutions, or need a control plane that helps manage multiple load balancers & API traffic.

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Reviews of NGINX

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.6
Value for Money
4.1

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5
58%
4
37%
3
5%
Gregory
Gregory
Developer in Venezuela
Verified LinkedIn User
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

The best for web servers

5.0 6 years ago

Pros:

Excellent tool, to combine it with virtualized servers with virtual box. My team and I specialized in ubuntu server and nginx virtualized servers to create our development and testing environments. It is comfortable and easy to work with, its handling of clean URLs is very easy.

Cons:

It is a very complete and robust tool that from time to time is difficult to learn for those who have little experience in configuring web servers, but once learned a developer will not want to change it.

Senamela
Software Engineer in South Africa
Information Technology & Services, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

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A Great server for modern applications

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: A Great Server for Modern applications, I was surprised at what it could handle.

Pros:

I loved the fact that I could use with Node.js, React.js and other modern libraries/frameworks.

Cons:

The learning curve is a bit steep, but once you get going it's very user friendly.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: Free Trial
Reviewer Source

Nginx (free) > Nginx PLUS

3.0 6 years ago

Pros:

The only pro I can pull out of PLUS is their stats dashboard and the fact you pay and get support.

Cons:

I find the free version of Nginx is much better and has all the same modules available, minus the support (which you can find most issues for free on the internet, probably)

Paul
Developer / system admin in Canada
Computer Software, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

I dunno, it just has that 'something'.

4.0 7 years ago

Comments: Something about Nginx feels qualitatively 'better' than Apache. I know that's subjective, but that sort of thing matters when you have to manage a flotilla of Nginx instances in your daily work. The configuration files just make sense to me in a way that Apache config files never did. The config language is very expressive and lean. It's a versatile server; you can use it as an application proxy, a reverse caching proxy, a forward proxy, and of course a plain ol' web server. (Disclaimer: I've only ever used the open source Nginx, but the commercial version has some very compelling features that I know I've wished I could use.)

Pros:

Simple configuration, lots of features, speed, and reverse proxying. Most important, it just 'feels better' than alternatives.

Cons:

Support for meta-config could be better: when sharing templates among vhosts, the limitations of how you can use variables are a surprise.

Kyle
Web Developer in US
Education Management, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

NGiNX

4.0 7 years ago

Comments: We benefit by using NGinX as our primary development web server that points traffic to the correct corresponding service base on hostname. This allows development to easily work on multiple projects with multiple languages and/or versions simultaneously.

Pros:

My team uses NGinX for configuring our development servers and locations, using variables, rewriting URIs to redirect to the appropriate service based on hostname. NGinX makes this process light and easy. We develop multiple different sites and services. NGinX is lightweight and you can be up and running quickly. It does everything I need as a web server and I really have no complaints so far.

Cons:

NGinX is really for high level server admins. I can be complex because all the configurations are text based files and if you do not understand what you are doing it will cause issues.