What if apache and lighttpd are hosted in different servers ? According to your article lighttpd is binded to only localhost on port 81 and you are forward traffic by loading proxy module and refering to http://0.0.0.0:81 This configuration applies to a scenario where both apache and lighttpd are installed on the same server. For example Lets consider this scenario you are running apache on 192.168.1.20 /24 and lighttpd running on 192.168.1.30 /24 Would it work the same way if both the servers are configured in different hosts and thier ip is replaced in the appropriate place. I know that there is an additional step in between them but for large deployments would it be productive. for eg hosts like you tube serves static content using lighttpd and i assume that they should be using different servers. All coments and suggestions are welcome.