Litespeed web server vs Nginx ?

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I am new to Litespeed web server, i want to know about this web Litespeed web server, how can it compare with Nginx? which is better and how to have Litespeed web server on my vps server?
 

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You will find a lot of comparisons between nginx and LiteSpeed / OpenLiteSpeed, mostly focusing on speed. The reality is that they are both very fast servers, and when they are properly configured you are not going to notice a big speed difference between them unless you have incredibly high rates of traffic. nginx fans will always manage to generate metrics that show how it is the fastest thing in the world, while LS fans will always say how many times faster that is.

One of the biggest differences is that LiteSpeed is a direct drop in replacement for Apache and uses .htaccess rules. The commercial version of LiteSpeed respects all rules, while Open LiteSpeed has a bit more limited support.

The other big difference and the key reason that we are using LiteSpeed on most of our servers is that it has very good server level caching, and plugins for WP, Magento, etc. that integrate with it brilliantly, and much more easily than equivalents on nginx.
 

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One of the biggest differences is that LiteSpeed is a direct drop in replacement for Apache and uses .htaccess rules. The commercial version of LiteSpeed respects all rules, while Open LiteSpeed has a bit more limited support.
as your recommendation then i should go with paid litespeed for better support .htaccess rules?
LiteSpeed / OpenLiteSpeed, mostly focusing on speed.
Which one will you suggest me to use?
 

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It depends on how complex your htaccess rules are, if they are just basic rewrites then OLS will work just fine.

Also how many domains are you going to be hosting on the server and are they all administered by you or by other people as well? LSWS picks up htaccess changes automatically but with OLS you need to restart LiteSpeed each time you make changes, so that doesn't work well for multi-admin applications.
 

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It depends on how complex your htaccess rules are, if they are just basic rewrites then OLS will work just fine.
no, my websites used complex htacess rules.
Also how many domains are you going to be hosting on the server and are they all administered by you or by other people as well? LSWS picks up htaccess changes automatically but with OLS you need to restart LiteSpeed each time you make changes, so that doesn't work well for multi-admin applications.
Just me on my server with about 10 websites, as my check, LSWS is a paid web server? can I used it for free on any paid control panels as cpanel, plesk or directadmin? According to your advice, LSWS is the best for loading website faster and solve htaccess rules better?
 

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LSWS is paid but it sounds like OLS (which is free and still very fast) might still fit the bill, if you are the only person using the server and you don't have multiple admins making htaccess edits.

Alternatively I'd stick with nginx or Apache, personally I'm not a fan of the whole nginx as a proxy in front of Apache setup, just adds more layers of possible issues. But it sounds like you don't want to mess around with nginx redirect rules.
 

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I'm not a fan of the whole nginx as a proxy in front of Apache setup, just adds more layers of possible issues. But it sounds like you don't want to mess around with nginx redirect rules.
What do you mean? i should go with nginx + apache, it is good to go?
 

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I mean that a lot of people do like to go that route, but I do not like it personally, I prefer to use one server, either Apache, nginx or OLS.
 

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This weekend I replaced Apache in my control panel (Plesk) with LiteSpeed Ent. I am blown away and my clients are blown away.

I moved one of my clients from a Big Daddy to my new LiteSpeed setup. The client's WordPress site was all but disabled --- hardly load one page. Now, pages load instantaneously. Case closed -- I will never go back. I will admit that I added a CDN, but that is just a piece of the puzzle.
 

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This weekend I replaced Apache in my control panel (Plesk) with LiteSpeed Ent. I am blown away and my clients are blown away.
I am just curious which it improved for your websites and why your clients blown away?
 

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My client spent a lot of money on WordPress developers to speed up his website. I could see where they added a CDN. It looked like they knew what they were doing. However, this website was so slow that I would describe it as disabled.

Once I migrated the site to our new Litespeed server, it was already surprisingly fast. It would have been fine to leave it alone at that point. A few days later, I installed the WP LSCache plugin. At that point, the website ran as fast as any static website I'd seen in a long time.

Let's contrast: the Big Daddy server with Deluxe cPanel WordPress hosting was obscenely slow. Tech support stated they couldn't do anything about it.

My Litespeed server only had a few websites. It has a 10G connection, which I wonder if it is even a benefit since his website did not stream YouTube videos. Finally, I used both Cloudflare and Bunny.net, which may be overkill, but I wanted to see just how far I could push the envelope. Needless to say, I am sold on Lightspeed -- and good hardware.
 

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Once I migrated the site to our new Litespeed server, it was already surprisingly fast. It would have been fine to leave it alone at that point. A few days later, I installed the WP LSCache plugin. At that point, the website ran as fast as any static website I'd seen in a long time.
I am having plesk onyx too, I tried to enable nginx + apache server for a website but it get any issues.
If I want to use Litespeed server, i need to pay for it? no more websites to use, i only want to speed up for 1 website.
 

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Litespeed only works solo, so Apache must be shut down. All websites must run the same server software. Here is a comparison of the paid vs free version. Nginx never did much for my WordPress websites... or I couldn't tell any difference. If the one website you need to speed up is WP, I can give you some pointers to get it moving.
 

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It is very easy. The WP plugin, however, has endless configuration screens/options, including a built-in CDN (optional). It took me a few days to figure it out. Litespeed itself required very little configuration in comparison, maybe I spent 20 minutes configuring it.
 

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I am new to Litespeed web server, i want to know about this web Litespeed web server, how can it compare with Nginx? which is better and how to have Litespeed web server on my vps server?
LiteSpeed offers plugins for cPanel, Plesk, Direct Admin, Virtualmin, and Cyberpanel. I personally have a lot of trouble with CyberPanel crashing. Also, aaPanel offers Open Lightspeed.
 
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I personally have a lot of trouble with CyberPanel crashing.
I'm curious what problems you had with CyberPanel, recent versions have been pretty stable, secure and bug free. We are using it on quite a few servers for different things and don't have any stability issues at all.
 

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I shouldn't have said CyberPanel crashes. My problem was that it would never install correctly. The problem was contingent upon the OS I was using. One problem I kept having was that PHP would not install correctly. They were aware of this problem and gave directions to remedy the problem for anyone who received those errors. I could never get it to work. Otherwise, I was fairly impressed with CyberPanel. If I was a better Linux admin, I bet I could have fixed the problem easily.
 

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You can try DirectAdmin which allows you to install OLS natively , then you can make tests, if you like it, go ahead and use in production.
IMHO, for Litepseed paid license, I don't like their pricing, I think their primary customers are big magento / ecommerce users where they want more bang for their bucks, for regular stuff, nginx is just fine.
 

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