Updating your libraries
Before we begin, we must update our “yum” database. Also, since Lighttpd isn’t officially in the CentOS repositories, we must add the repository manually.
yum update wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm Removing other installed web servers
If you have any other web servers installed, such as Apache, it is best to disable or uninstall them now. These servers will interfere with Lighttpd on the port level because two applications cannot bind to the same port.
service httpd stop chkconfig httpd off
yum remove httpd Installing Lighttpd
Install the web server.
yum install lighttpd Enable Lighttpd to run at startup.
chkconfig lighttpd on Start the web server.
service lighttpd start You will now be able to access your webserver by navigating to the IP address of your Vultr VPS. For example, http://[SERVER_IP]/ (replace SERVER_IP accordingly).
Install PHP using yum.
yum install lighttpd-fastcgi php-fpm Configure PHP-FPM user settings.
vi /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf We must add the following lines to the either the top or bottom of the configuration:
user = lighttpd group = lighttpd Make PHP-FPM start on boot.
php-fpm on Start PHP-FPM.
service php-fpm start Configure php.ini.
vi /etc/php.ini Remove the commenting on the following line.
cgi.fix_pathinfo=1 Tell Lighttpd that PHP exists on this server.
vi /etc/lighttpd/modules.conf Add the following line.
include “conf.d/fastcgi.conf” Now we must tell PHP to listen on port 9000 (Lighttpd will send PHP requests there). Using your favorite text editor, edit the fastcgi configuration.
vi /etc/lighttpd/conf.d/fastcgi.conf At the top of the configuration, add the following lines of code.
fastcgi.server += ( “.php” => (( “host” => “127.0.0.1”, “port” => “9000”, “broken-scriptfilename” => “enable” )) ) Restart PHP-FPM and Lighttpd for our changes to take effect.
service php-fpm restart service lighttpd restart