Lighttpd is a popular event-based web server alternative to Nginx. Lighttpd can be used to serve high traffic sites even on a small VPS.
Here, I will explain how to install Lighttpd with PHP 5 (PHP5-FPM) and MySQL on Ubuntu 14.04.
Install Lighttpd with the following commands.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install lighttpd
This will start Lighttpd once the install finishes. You can test the status of the server by accessing the IP address of your VPS in a web browser. Upon success, you will see the Lighttp welcome page.
If the page does not load, you can force-restart the service.
sudo service lighttpd start
Install PHP5 with the following command.
sudo apt-get install php5-cgi php5-mysql
Note that the "php5-mysql" package is needed to use MySQL server with PHP.
Enable PHP5 CGI modules in Lighttpd with the following commands.
sudo lighty-enable-mod fastcgi sudo lighty-enable-mod fastcgi-php
After enabling the modules, you need to restart the Lighttpd service.
sudo service lighttpd force-reload
Test the PHP integration with Lighttpd. To do this, create a test file inside the
Paste the following content into this file.
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
http://[SERVER_IP]/info.php in your web browser. If the configuration was setup properly, you will see the PHP info page.
Run the following command to install MySQL server. During the installation, you need to give the administrator password for MySQL root.
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
Once the install finishes, install a MySQL database.
Additionally, you can use the secure MySQL installation by running the following command.