I have been messing around with Django over the past week and experimenting with various settings. I first ran Django using mod_ptyhon from Apache but the results were unimpressive. Apache served the Django project’s pages extremely slow using the Apache mod_python module. After some reading I decided to give the Apache mod_fastcgi module a try to see if the results were any better. I was definitely happier with the web page load time so I then decided to experiment with various FastCGI settings.
Invalid command ‘FastCGIExternalServer’, perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration
I got the error below when attempting to configure a Django project to be served by FastCGI via Apache for the first time. I have configured FastCGI but it had been awhile and the server I was working with had ISPConfig installed on it and what I thought to be mod_fastcgi. Below I explain the error, my mix up, and how to resolve on a Linux server.