Okay I have edited my question :)

I would like to point all traffic at my dedicated server running Nginx and have that handle 70-80% of the load while also distributing the traffic to some other VPS machines running identical source.

I have generated what I think would be the additional parts to my existing server block:

Could I setup the dedicated machines server block using something like this?

upstream my-servers {
    server weight=8; #Dedicated
    server x.x.x.x:80 weight=2; # VPS1
    server x.x.x.x:80 weight=2; # VPS2
    server x.x.x.x:80 weight=2; # VPS3

 location / {
     proxy_pass http://my-servers;


would specifying the localhost like that be valid?

Here is my current working config:

server {

listen 80;

root /var/www/vhosts/www.domain.co.uk/;

index index.php;

server_name domain.co.uk www.domain.co.uk;

gzip  on;
gzip_static on;
gzip_http_version 1.0;
gzip_disable "MSIE [1-6].";
gzip_vary on;
gzip_comp_level 2;
gzip_proxied any;
gzip_types text/plain text/css application/x-javascript text/xml application/xml application/xml+rss text/javascript;

fastcgi_buffers 8 16k;
fastcgi_buffer_size 32k;
fastcgi_read_timeout 180;
fastcgi_intercept_errors off;

location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;

    if ($http_host ~* "^domain.co.uk"){
    rewrite ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.co.uk$1 redirect;

location ~ \.php$ {
fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+.php)(.*)$;
fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
include    fastcgi_params;


The site is actually PHP but its a proxy script serving other sites web pages there is still no database.

  • It's not very clear what you want. You want the DNS to point to one server which will then load-balance the requests? This is possible, of course, and widely done, but I don't know what benefit it would give you on a purely static site. Instead, I'd probably check how to enhance client caching, make sure the filesystem is optimized, verify the machine has enough resources and maybe add a second dedicated server. You have a 24-core dedicated server and 3 VPS make a difference?! (And please fix the punctuation.) – Antonis Christofides Aug 5 '14 at 10:02
  • right yeah its not that clear sorry. What I would like is what you suggest EG the dedicated server be the only entry in the DNS so all traffic is directed towards that. But then I would like it to distribute the load between 3 other servers and itself using the weight options – user236148 Aug 5 '14 at 10:07
  • You got static site with high traffic. What kind of files you got on it? Can you show can you us your nginx.conf? – redbass Aug 5 '14 at 10:22
  • Done :) the site is PHP and its a proxy site which fetches other sites and renders them on behalf of the user. there is still not database so I personally class this as static. – user236148 Aug 5 '14 at 10:36
  • And it's not nginx.conf ) I mean /etc/nginx/nginx.conf not /etc/nginx.conf.d/*.conf I also interested in worker_processes and worker_connections ? Because i can't believe that 24 core cpu can't handle so much load. – redbass Aug 5 '14 at 10:44

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