Monthly Archives: February 2013

WordPress caching with nginx

As a part of my friend @zenkay post on his blog here it is a simple but efficient nginx configuration for proxying and caching an Apache + WordPress installation.

Assuming that:

  • nginx and Apache are on different nodes: if nginx and Apache are on the same machine is highly advised to serve static files directly from nginx;
  • static files expire header is managed by Apache (through mod_expires); if static stuff is served directly you need to specify the expire through nginx;
  • you have installed the WordPress Nginx proxy cache integrator;
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server {
    # Listen IPv6 and IPv4 socket
    listen       [::]:80; #on Linux this means both IPv4 and IPv6
    # Name-based virtualhosts
    server_name  *.mydomain.com mydomain.com;
 
    # Add Cache-Status debug header on replies
    add_header X-Cache-Status $upstream_cache_status;
 
    # Set the vhost access-log
    access_log  /var/log/nginx/access-mydomain.log  main;
 
    location / {
 
        # Skip^1 caching variable init
        set $nocache 0;
        # Bypass^2 caching variable init
        set $purgecache 0;
 
        # Bypass^2 cache on no-cache (et al.) browser request
        if ($http_cache_control ~ "max-age=0")
            { set $purgecache 1; }
        if ($http_cache_control ~ "no-cache")
            { set $purgecache 1; }
        # Bypass^2 cache with custom header set on request
        if ($http_x_cache_purge ~* "true")
            { set $purgecache 1; }
        # Skip^1 caching when WordPress cookies are set
        if ($http_cookie ~* "comment_author_|wordpress_(?!test_cookie)|wp-postpass_" )
            { set $nocache 1; }
 
        # Cache pool
        proxy_cache             proxy-one;
        # Bypass^2 cache when $purgecache is set to 1.
        # Bypass means that content is served fresh and the cache is updated
        proxy_cache_bypass      $purgecache;
        # Skip^1 caching when $nocache is set to 1
        # Do not cache when browsing frontend as logged user
        proxy_no_cache          $nocache;
        # Define the cache resource identifier. Be careful to add $nocache
        proxy_cache_key         "$scheme$http_host$request_uri$args$nocache";
        proxy_connect_timeout   10;
        proxy_read_timeout      10;
        # use stale cache on backend fault
        proxy_cache_use_stale   error timeout invalid_header updating http_500 http_502 http_503 http_504;
        proxy_cache_valid       200 302 15m;
        proxy_cache_valid       404 1m;
        proxy_set_header        Host             $host;
        proxy_set_header        X-Real-IP        $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header        X-Forwarded-For  $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_pass              http://apache_remote_ip;
    }
 
    location ~* \/blog\/wp\-.*\.php|\/blog\/wp\-admin {
        proxy_cache             off;
        proxy_pass              http://apache_remote_ip;
    }
 
    error_page   500 502 503 504  /50x.html;
    location = /50x.html {
        root   /usr/share/nginx/html;
    }
 
}

1^ see: http://wiki.nginx.org/HttpProxyModule#proxy_no_cache
2^ see: http://wiki.nginx.org/HttpProxyModule#proxy_cache_bypass

CentOS 5 on KVM: reduce host CPU load

To reduce host CPU usage with a CentOS 5 VM on KVM is important to add

divider=10

to grub.conf as kernel parameter

kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-348.1.1.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ console=ttyS0,115200 divider=10

This will reduce the internal kernel timer from 1000 Hz to 100 Hz.

Although additional parameters are not required, the divider=10 parameter can still be used. Guests with this parameter will produce less CPU load in the host, but will use more coarse-grained timer expiration. (http://s19n.net/articles/2011/kvm_clock.html)

On MicroServer the CPU load reduce is quite visible:

MicroServer CPU usage

MicroServer CPU usage (made with http://www.observium.org/)

For more info read http://s19n.net/articles/2011/kvm_clock.html.