FreshSites chose Nginx web server (pronounced Engine X) as it's primary webserver on both our shared, and managed hosting platforms due to it's super-fast, reliable and robust nature.
Check out or performance scores for WordPress and NGINX here.
Not only is NGINX lightweight compared to the likes of Apache Webserver, but it also includes many additional features which make it the best option for all types of web hosting.
On our Managed WordPress hosting platform, we run pure Nginx with PHP-FPM and tailor each individual managed node to the website(s) hosted on it.
The Fast-CGI caching available in NGINX web server means that website loading speeds can be vastly improved, with TTFB (Time To First Byte) being reduced to well below 100milliseconds.
Our Shared Webhosting packages all feature full access to CPNGINX - a fully-featured nginx control panel, housed within cPanel. This allows you to change everything from security rules (stopping hotlinking, or blocking cross-site scripting) to performance enhancements and redirects.
Not only that, but you can also choose to change the mode which nginx operates in, switching to Proxy will mean that nginx serves all of the static files, but uses Apache and PHP to process dynamic files - this allows you to use traditional htaccess rules for redirects and password protection.
Here at FreshSites, the numerous benchmarks we've run have shown that nginx is number 1 when it comes to performance and reliability, we've built our entire platform based on this, and even our website uses it!
Nginx serves over 350 million websites worldwide, with some big names such as Zynga, Dropbox, and even Netflix choosing it over other httpd's such as Lightspeed or Apache.