is a powerful piece of software designed from the ground up to act as an HTTP and reverse proxy server, a mail proxy server and even as a generic TCP proxy server.
Because Nginx is a command line software solution, you should take the time to carefully read the provided documentation found on the developer’s website. There, you can find information regarding how to install Nginx and make the most out of its functions with the help of very thorough explanation guides.
Once you get a basic understanding of the implied commands, you can start working with Nginx using the Command Prompt native Windows app.
As far as its basic HTTP server features are concerned, you should know that the utility comes with support for caching of FASTCGI, uwsgi, SCGI and memcached servers, as well as for accelerated reverse proxying with caching.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that Nginx comes with a flexible configuration option. In addition, the tool is also well suited for serving static and index files or for autoindexing purposes. A neat feature is the fact that it can also help your reconfigure or upgrade an executable without interrupting the client servicing.
It also comes with access control based on the client’s IP address, by password or by result of subrequests. Also useful is the fact that it can help you limit the number of connections, as well as the fact that it can stream FLV and MP4 files without breaking a sweat.
Speaking of mail proxy server features are concerned, you should not be worried, as Nginx can redirect the traffic to IMAP and POP3 servers using an external HTTP authentication server.
Last but not least, it comes with support for the following authentication methods: POP3, IMAP and SMTP.
Finally, you should also know that it packs SSL, STLS and STARTTLS support and that it can perform generic proxying for load balancing and fault tolerance.
All in all, Nginx is a reliable and solid HTTP, reverse proxy, mail and generic TCP proxy server than can handle most of what it is thrown at it.
Yes, it would have been more usable and more appealing for a broader array of users if it had a proper interface, but that is not to say that Nginx is extremely difficult to use, as it only requires basic command line experience and that you take a bit of time to read the provided documentation.