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Reverse Proxy (2 posts)

  1. jooniya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm trying to learn how WordPress works and I'm trying to move from how to develop for it to how the application itself works. I think it uses reverse proxy (which I think includes the rewrite engine and other directives included in the .htaccess file).

    I'm looking for introductory resources for reverse proxy. I am by no means a server guy but was hoping there were some articles out there that explained things in a way a developer could understand.

    I've also got some web applications that are in the planning process and was hoping to learn enough about reverse proxy to decide if it's something that would be beneficial for the types of projects I have in the works.

    Thanks!

  2. TCBarrett
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    WordPress is written in PHP and is designed to use a MySQL database.

    Anything that can read and interpret PHP can interpret the WordPress code. Commonly this is Apache. But it doesn't have to be.

    A reverse proxy would in this case be something that grabs http request packets and hands them over to something that can do the PHP interpretation (and then hand the result back to requesting client). You could use Apache for this, or something else like lighttp, nginx, varnish.

    Your question sounds more like a sysadmin webserver building question, rather than anything WordPress specific. If you really want to learn about reverse proxies, then I suggest everyone's friends Google and Wikipedia. Pick one and go their forums to learn how it works.

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