LiteSpeed, a magic pill to improve the speed of your website

A ready-to-use version of LiteSpeed Web Server and LiteSpeed Web ADC support is now available on Hidora PaaS. Find out in this article how it can help improve the performance and security requirements of highly loaded PHP applications.

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LiteSpeed: A Magic Pill for Your Website Speed Improvement

6 reasons why you should use LiteSpeed

LiteSpeed is a popular high-performance web server and load balancer, which may be a better option for high-traffic e-commerce websites when compared to Apache or NGINX.

Although Apache is one of the most widely used web servers in the world, it has some drawbacks in terms of performance and scalability that make it unsuitable for busy websites.

Using LiteSpeed, you can manage your tasks with the tools familiar to Apache, as LiteSpeed Web Server is fully compatible with Apache Web Server in terms of configuration file format. And also, get a highly scalable solution similar to NGINX.

Here are 6 reasons why you should consider LiteSpeed as a replacement for your current web server:

  1. One of the main advantages of LiteSpeed is its performance. It can be up to 6 times faster than Apache and up to 5 times faster than NGINX while serving static files and up to 50% faster than Apache for PHP websites. This means that your website can handle many more visitors and buyers with the same infrastructure. In addition to an increase in the number of transactions per second, LiteSpeed can reduce the response time (latency) of your website by up to 2 times, which is important for website owners as it can improve your website's bounce rate and Google ranking.

  2. A web panel for defining settings and viewing statistics. In the case of Apache and NGINX, you have to configure everything in the configuration files, which can lead to errors; LiteSpeed provides a convenient web interface.
  3. Compared to NGINX, LiteSpeed has similar or better performance for static content delivery. It all depends on the specific settings. At least, LiteSpeed usually bypasses the standard NGINX installations of the distribution packages. But LiteSpeed definitely outperforms the NGINX + PHP-FPM bundle. Specially developed for this PHP LSAPI (LiteSpeed Server Application Programming Interface) server, it is better suited to high loads than PHP-FPM.
  4. It increases the caching speed of your static files with LiteSpeed Cache, which significantly improves the performance of your website.
  5. LiteSpeed consumes fewer resources than Apache and NGINX. The CPU load on the server is reduced, as is the use of RAM, so that the server runs faster, which has a beneficial effect on the work of client sites.
  6. LiteSpeed automatically counteracts DDoS attacks. Usually such a service is paid for separately.

Final thoughts

After analyzing all the advantages of the LiteSpeed web server, you can see that it can significantly improve the performance of your Apache or NGINX website and allow you to handle many more visitors using the same infrastructure.

As a result, your website will be able to handle peak loads more efficiently, and your customers will have a better user experience when they visit your website, which can improve your sales. You can try both the LiteSpeed web server and the load balancer on our web hosting solution.

Written by

jean luc dubouchet hidora
Jean-Luc DUBOUCHET
19/09/2019

Jean-Luc is a Junior Full-Stack Tech Engineer at Hidora with a strong background in IT. He advises customers on DevOps and also helps Hidora's customers with automation deployments and migrating their environments.