Support » Plugins » [Plugin: WP-Spamshield] would this plugin work fine with nginx?

  • Resolved jerryd221


    I have noticed that one of requirements down there says “Your server must be configured to allow the use of an .htaccess file.”. I am gonna have wordpress installed with nginx, which doesn’t have .htaccess. Will this plugin still work as expect? any nginx configuration needs to be done?

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  • The requirements are listed there for a reason.

    Does your server meet all of the requirements listed?

    If your answer is:

    • YES – Then it will work as expected.
    • NO – Then it will NOT work as expected. (It may work, but there is no guarantee, and we don’t provide support for setups that don’t meet the requirements listed.)

    We don’t provide advice for configuring your server. That’s between you, your web hosting company, and your IT deity of choice (your admin). 🙂

    That means if users are trying to use apache as web server, then go for it. However for those who are using nginx or trying to use, they then should leave it, because nginx doesn’t meet the requirement.
    Fair enough.

    Thanks @scott


    That’s not really what I’m saying. You might not be aware that there are hybrid deployments of Nginx with Apache that allow you to use .htaccess. That’s what we have many sites on.

    I’m just pointing out that the requirements are specific, and pretty accurate.

    Be aware that WordPress support for pure nginx servers is limited. Most plugins don’t provide 100% support for it (when not used in some kind of hybrid setup with Apache).

    I’d recommend checking out this article: Some points from it to consider:

    • “Before you consider using Nginx, be aware that PHP APC or a similar opcode cache with a WordPress caching plugin is going to offer significant performance improvements over just switching from Apache to nginx.”
    • “If you aren’t already using a PHP opcode cache and WordPress caching plugin, Nginx will do little for your WordPress-based website’s performance.”
    • “WordPress development is intertwined with the Apache world, and as a result, support for Nginx-based setups is limited; but it is growing. Factor these things into your decision to use Nginx.”

      I’m not trying to discourage you from going to whatever server you like. Just make sure you are fully aware of the pros and cons.

      “Measure twice, cut once.”


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