We'll start off by installing Nginx, PHP, Composer and getting a Laravel application up and running.
We see how PHP is configured and how to manage PHP's modules.
We'll see how PHP-FPM is configured and tweak it for better performance.
We see how to change our setup, and permissions, to be similar to Laravel Forge, giving us an easier way to deploy and manage our code base.
We'll install and setup MySQL to be used with our Laravel application.
We'll install the latest stable version of Redis and set up Laravel to use it.
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