By default, all Pagely applications deploy with an Apache NGINX reverse proxy. WordPress was traditionally deployed on a LAMP stack (the A representing Apache), but NGINX is generally better at handling requests. As such, NGINX would serve as a bridge between the traditional web server (Apache) and the outside world to increase performance, while maintaining compatibility with older methods.
Note: We recommend that you fully test your site on a staging environment before changing your production site to Nginx-only. Most of the time, everything will work as usual, but some plugins may require specific configuration options.
Additionally, switching your site to NGINX Only mode will remove the ability to use .htaccess files. If you need to translate rules from an existing .htaccess file, please contact our support team for further assistance. You can also create redirects from inside Atomic.
Using Apache has become less necessary over time, and as such many people prefer to remove Apache entirely. To do so, preform the following steps:
- Begin by logging into the Atomic control panel.
- On the left side menu, click on Apps.
- Next, locate the app that you want to make the change on and click on the settings icon to the right of the app name.
- Once inside the app's settings page, scroll down to the Actions section and set the Webserver Type to NGINX Only.
Note: Switching your site to NGINX Only mode will remove the ability to use .htaccess files.
For more information about the different modes available, take a look at our guide for NGINX+Apache and NGINX Only modes.