cPanel doesn’t support nginx, and all the reviews and testing out there say nginx is significantly faster under load that apache.
As an alternative to cPanel I’m going to test out the Vesta control panel http://www.vestacp.com/ and nginx to see how difficult this configuration is to setup, how long it takes and if it’s robust enough to use as a cPanel replacement.
Initial installation went smoothly, but the default configuration is Apache and nginx as a proxy. I want to install nginx with php-fpm, but appearantly this hasn’t been released yet. As such, I guess I will have to wait…
Initially my first impressions of Vesta is that it’s super fast and clean. I’m not sure I understand all of their layout yet, but everything seemed to work great.