Caddy vs Microsoft IIS vs NGINX

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Advice on Caddy, Microsoft IIS, and NGINX

I am diving into web development, both front and back end. I feel comfortable with administration, scripting and moderate coding in bash, Python and C++, but I am also a Windows fan (i love inner conflict). What are the votes on web servers? IIS is expensive and restrictive (has Windows adoption of open source changed this?) Apache has the history but seems to be at the root of most of my Infosec issues, and I know nothing about nginx (is it too new to rely on?). And no, I don't know what I want to do on the web explicitly, but hosting and data storage (both cloud and tape) are possibilities. Ready, aim fire!

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Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact · | 4 upvotes · 387.8K views
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I would pick nginx over both IIS and Apace HTTP Server any day. Combine it with docker, and as you grow maybe even traefik, and you'll have a really flexible solution for serving http content where you can take sites and projects up and down without effort, easily move it between systems and dont have to handle any dependencies on your actual local machine.

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From a StackShare Community member: "We are a LAMP shop currently focused on improving web performance for our customers. We have made many front-end optimizations and now we are considering replacing Apache with nginx. I was wondering if others saw a noticeable performance gain or any other benefits by switching."

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I use nginx because it is very light weight. Where Apache tries to include everything in the web server, nginx opts to have external programs/facilities take care of that so the web server can focus on efficiently serving web pages. While this can seem inefficient, it limits the number of new bugs found in the web server, which is the element that faces the client most directly.

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Leandro Barral
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I use nginx because its more flexible and easy to configure

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Christian Cwienk
Software Developer at SAP · | 1 upvotes · 368.6K views

I use Apache HTTP Server because it's intuitive, comprehensive, well-documented, and just works

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Decisions about Caddy, Microsoft IIS, and NGINX
Grant Steuart
  • Server rendered HTML output from PHP is being migrated to the client as Vue.js components, future plans to provide additional content, and other new miscellaneous features all result in a substantial increase of static files needing to be served from the server. NGINX has better performance than Apache for serving static content.
  • The change to NGINX will require switching from PHP to PHP-FPM resulting in a distributed architecture with a higher complexity configuration, but this is outweighed by PHP-FPM being faster than PHP for processing requests.
  • The NGINX + PHP-FPM setup now allows for horizontally scaling of resources rather vertically scaling the previously combined Apache + PHP resources.
  • PHP shell tasks can now efficiently be decoupled from the application reducing main application footprint and allow for scaling of tasks on an individual basis.
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Pros of Caddy
Pros of Microsoft IIS
Pros of NGINX
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    Sane config file syntax
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    Easy HTTP/2 Server Push
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    Builtin HTTPS
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    Letsencrypt support
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    Runtime config API
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    Great with .net
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    I'm forced to use iis
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    Use nginx
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    Azure integration
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    Best for ms technologyes ms bullshit
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    Fast
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    Performance
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    Reliable
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    Powerful
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    Webserver
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    Simple to configure
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    Easy setup
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    Охуенный
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    Security
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    Shipped with Windows Server
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    Ssl integration
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    High-performance http server
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    Performance
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    Easy to configure
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    Open source
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    Load balancer
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    Free
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    Scalability
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    Web server
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    Simplicity
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    Easy setup
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    Content caching
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    Web Accelerator
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    Capability
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    Fast
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    High-latency
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    Predictability
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    Reverse Proxy
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    Supports http/2
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    The best of them
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    Great Community
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    Lots of Modules
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    Enterprise version
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    High perfomance proxy server
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    Embedded Lua scripting
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    Reversy Proxy
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    Streaming media delivery
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    Streaming media
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    Fast and easy to set up
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    Slim
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    Blash
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    Lightweight
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    saltstack
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    Virtual hosting
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    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
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    Ingress controller
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    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
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    GRPC-Web

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    What is Caddy?

    Caddy 2 is a powerful, enterprise-ready, open source web server with automatic HTTPS written in Go.

    What is Microsoft IIS?

    Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.

    What is NGINX?

    nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.

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