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Caching HTML to disk via W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache is really all you need on most hosting. I never got around to putting Apache behind nginx, but have still survived some relatively large traffic spikes for a personal blog (e.g. 100k+ page views in a few hours) without any trouble at all.

Not to say that your setup isn't better (it obviously is), but I want to make sure no one's intimidated by the task of hardening their WP install because they think they'll need to do both 1 and 2 for it to be worthwhile.

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