Web Server

A web server is a computer that runs websites and online applications.

How to speed up your website?

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Obviously having a slow-loading website will prevent people from staying on your site. If it takes longer than 4 seconds to load a page, many people will leave. Not only will speeding up your site help with retaining visitors, but it will also be good for SEO. One of the factors in the Google algorithm […]

How to install Nginx on Fedora?

Image of NGINX, a web server.

Nginx is an open-source web server (free HTTP Server software), in addition to its HTTP Server capabilities, it can also function as a Proxy Server for email (IMAP, POP3, and SMTP) and a Reverse Proxy and Load Balancer for HTTP, TCP, and UDP Servers. As of today, Nginx has been used by far more than […]

Optimizing NGINX for high-traffic websites

Nginx

Nginx is the most famous and widely used web server application for websites today. For static websites, Nginx is no less than a boon, while for dynamic websites it serves the need of a most efficient and lightweight webserver. The default Nginx configuration is enough to take moderate web traffic battle, but you can optimize […]

What is Time to First Byte (TTFB)?

Time To First Byte, TTFB, is a measurement used to indicate the responsiveness of the web servers and resources. In the web development and hosting industry, time to the first byte is used to define the initial server response time, which is the very first piece of code or file that a browser receives upon […]

How to reduce initial server response time?

Once you test your website on benchmarking tools like — PageSpeed, GTmetrix, Pingdom, or WebPageTest; you might have encountered a red signal that says to reduce initial server response time. What is that? If you do not know what is response time, then take it as how fast a web page opens up for you […]

What is shared hosting?

Shared hosting

To host a project or website online we make use of a hosting service and the very first step is shared hosting, which is easy to begin with and inexpensive. Shared hosting is a type of web hosting service where multiple sites are hosted and managed on a single physical server. Many users utilize the […]

How to reduce server response times?

DevTools: Waterfall

While optimizing a website for a greater performance we need to improve its foundation, which is server response time or time to first byte (TTFB). In an earlier article we learned about the TTFB, and we learned that the server’s latency affects the website speed. When we test a website on tools like GTmetrix, Lighthouse, […]

What does headless mean?

Headless simply means without head, but in technical term headless often referred to as a system that works without any graphical user interface (in short GUI). For example, servers in the data centers are headless, hosted owners usually use SSH shell (command line) to communicate with it. Similarly, web application services use API calls to […]

How to redirect 404 to homepage in Nginx?

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When a requested URL is not available or not found it’s advisable to redirect them to another URL or to a homepage that’s user-friendly. Nginx web server allows us to redirect off such 404 error pages to a custom URL, all we need to do is instruct Nginx’s site configuration to redirect such pages, and […]

How to fix “Specify a Vary: Accept-Encoding Header” warning?

While optimizing your website for website performance using tools (ex. GTmetrix), you’ll run into a “specify a vary: accept-encoding header” warning. What exactly does this mean? How can we fix this? In this tutorial, we’ll learn what’s the error and how we are going to resolve the issue. What is this warning? Accept-encoding header is […]