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Nginx vs. Apache Load Times

Fri. October 30, 2015 at 10:58 PM in Performance & Optimization

I've been monitoring a site that I've been hosting on one of my cloud VPS with PRTG Network Monitor, and the client wanted to host the site themselves. After moving the site, the load times were quite different.

Load time comparison Nginx (left) versus Apache (right)

The difference with the same site is apparent. The load times for the home page went from ~ 100 ms to ~ 300 ms simply by moving from Nginx to Apache. Understandably, there are probably some other factors that can contribute like hardware, bandwidth and geographic location, but all of these areas are mostly the same for both environments.

I've been running websites on Nginx for years, and for the best possible load times, I would recommend it highly.