Lighttpd breathes with life.
We have never been great fans of Apache. Infact, many large websites do not use it and opt in for alternatives such as Lighty or NginX. We choose Lighty mainly for it’s speed in serving static content and a slight increase in speed by using the fcgi implementation of PHP, this is compared to mod_php used by Apache. We also choose Lighty because of it’s single threaded, so it essentially uses less memory and does not have to fork out new processes everytime a new request comes in – especially in times of DDoS.
However, over the past few years, I have seen Lighty nearly dead in development. Though the code is stable in terms of the features we use, it’s still not a good sight to see it not being worked on. However, thankfully, the dev(s?) stbuehler has breathed a lot of life back into Lighty’s 1.4.x development.
So a big thank you to him for the updates. At the moment, WBB uses the latest version of lighttpd. It is version 1.4.21. We’re already eyeing up version 1.4.22 as 1.4.21 introduced a few bugs.