nginx vs. lighttpd vs. Pow

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What is nginx?

nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.

What is lighttpd?

lighttpd has a very low memory footprint compared to other webservers and takes care of cpu-load. Its advanced feature-set (FastCGI, CGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) make lighttpd the perfect webserver-software for every server that suffers load problems.

What is Pow?

Pow is a zero-configuration Rack server for Mac OS X. It makes developing Rails and Rack applications as frictionless as possible. You can install it in ten seconds and have your first app up and running in under a minute. No mucking around with /etc/hosts, no compiling Apache modules, no editing configuration files or installing preference panes. And running multiple apps with multiple versions of Ruby is trivial.
Why do developers choose nginx?
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Why do developers choose lighttpd?
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Why do developers choose Pow?
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What are the cons of using nginx?
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What are the cons of using lighttpd?
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What are the cons of using Pow?
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What companies use nginx?
10137 companies on StackShare use nginx
What companies use lighttpd?
16 companies on StackShare use lighttpd
What companies use Pow?
2 companies on StackShare use Pow
What tools integrate with nginx?
17 tools on StackShare integrate with nginx
What tools integrate with lighttpd?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with lighttpd
What tools integrate with Pow?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with Pow

What are some alternatives to nginx, lighttpd, and Pow?

  • Apache HTTP Server - Apache httpd has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996
  • Microsoft IIS - Internet Information Services is a web server for Microsoft Windows
  • Apache Tomcat - An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies
  • Passenger - A fast and robust web server and application server for Ruby, Python and Node.js

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