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  • After doing some testing, I found some interesting results.

    If you let nginx handle all incoming connections and just proxypass php files to apache, was showing load times of 1.8 -> 2.2 ms – which is really good.

    However, I decided to add in the following config to see what would happen

    # Set a variable to work around the lack of nested conditionals
             set $cache_uri $request_uri;
             # POST requests and urls with a query string should always go to PHP
             if ($request_method = POST) {
                set $cache_uri 'no cache';
             if ($query_string != "") {
                set $cache_uri 'no cache';
             location / {
                try_files /wp-content/cache/page_enhanced/$host/$cache_uri/_index.html $uri @backend;

    @backend is my block that handles passing php requests off to apache for processing.

    This is what shows now :

    The difference is night and day! The blog pages load instantly – no more ~1.5 sec pause before the content displays.

    So if your running a similar setup (nginx up front, apache backend) you should really mess around with the ‘try_files” directive and get it to check for the static resource first.

    Nice example. Thanks for sharing the code.

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