Debian Jessie 8: Additional configuration of Nginx and PHP 7 FPM

​In continuation to the article on the installation of a Nginx web server and PHP 7 FPM, we will make some changes to our basic installation.

The goal is to show you how to proceed, to allow you to edit your own settings according to your needs.


Additional configuration of PHP 7.0 FPM

Let's start with PHP 7.0 FPM configuration.
Open the PHP 7.0 configuration file.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini

Then we will change the variables below.
date.timezone sets the time zone of our server
upload_max_filesize and post_max_size increase to 32MB the size of a file that can be downloaded via POST in PHP.

upload_max_filesize = 32M
post_max_size = 32M
date.timezone = Europe/Paris

You can change many other variables, as you can see here


Additional configuration of Nginx

Now, open the Nginx configuration file.

sudo nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

In this file, look for the { http area that contains the variables that we want to change or add.

Remove the comment character # in front of the line gzip on; to enable html pages to be compressed by default.
The server_tokens off command; will hide the Nginx version to your visitors (better for the security of your site).
And client_max_body_size 32M; allows Nginx to upload files with a limit of 32MB (it is directly linked to the PHP modification done above)

http {
    gzip  on;
    client_max_body_size 32M;
    server_tokens off;

If you want to go further, you can have a look to this Nginx page


Check the changes

First, you need to restart PHP 7.0 FPM and Nginx services to enable the changes.

sudo systemctl restart php7.0-fpm
sudo systemctl restart nginx

Finally, open again your phpinfo page, you will see that your new settings are active.

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