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I experienced a WordPress plugin do this, and I was not aware it was possible. The plugin informed me it did some changes in the nginx.conf, but I couldn't understand how it could it that since it does not have permission to do this in the /etc/nginx folder.

I checked and saw it had created an nginx.conf file directly in the www root folder of the website.

Does nginx include the file automatically when placed in the root folder of the website?

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It can do that, but only if it's badly configured. I sincerely hope it's not, because that would make it easy for whoever found a hole in any of your wordpress plugins, wordpress itself, or any other code, to re-configure your webserver. This is most likely something you do not want.

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