New toys, new troubles: Nginx, FastCGI and WordPress checklist

Before ‘the great harddrive fire of 2011’ we had FastCGI running on the server for some small projects. With everything else using Apache it was rather refreshing to see that there were faster, more lightweight alternatives.

Starting from a fresh slate, we’ve waved off the slow and clunky httpd for Nginx but in exchange for the shiner newer model there’s a bit of a learning curb in how the new kid does things. In addition, an upgrade in blog/CMS was in consideration – now things were running faster perhaps there was some forgiveness in using PHP and WordPress. My starting point was aged a little, so this post documents my time with installing and securing WordPress 3.2.1. Continue reading