LiteSpeed Web Server is a high-performance, secure, easy-to-use, and Apache interchangeable high-scalability web server from Litespeed technologies. It supports HTTP/1.1, SSL, CGI, FastCGI, LSAPI, PHP, JSP, Servlets, GZIP compression, chroot, IP level throttling, connection accounting, DoS attack prevention, and instant recovery mechanisms. It can be used to replace an existing Apache server without changing any other programs or operating system details, and without breaking anything. As such, LiteSpeed Web Server can quickly replace a major bottleneck in your existing web hosting platform. With its comprehensive range of features and easy-to-use web administration console, LiteSpeed Web Server can help you conquer the challenges of deploying an effective web hosting infrastructure.
Litespeed Web Server Editions
Litespeed web server has 3 editions. They are listed below
1) OpenLiteSpeed Edition
This edition is generally used for Large , High - traffic websites. However, this edition is not compatible with any hosting control panel. Its an opensource edition and free for personal and commercial uses.
2) Standard Edition
This edition is generally used for Small , Low - traffic websites and its also compatible with hosting control panels such as WHM / Cpanel & Direct Admin.This edition is a free edition and can be used for personal or commercial purpose.
3) Enterprise Edition
This edition is widely used for Large , High - traffic websites and its compatible with hosting control panels. The enterprise edition is widely used by Leading Web hosting organizations to provide an excellent web hosting experience for their valuable clients. Enterprise edition has the highest level of stability and is supported by cPanel. It also integrates with DirectAdmin control panel.
Litespeed Web Server Features
LiteSpeed Web Server has superior performance in terms of both raw speed and scalability. Litespeed is faster than Apache while serving PHP contents. It's an ideal hosting platform for serving Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal based websites as it easily increases PHP's performance and security.
Litespeed web server is compatible with the commonly used Apache web server and its features such as mod_rewrite, .htaccess and mod_security. Litespeed web server can load the Apache configuration files as it works as a replacement for Apache. It is also compatible with the leading hosting control panels such as Cpanel, Plesk and Direct Admin.
Litspeed web server is compatible with Apache's mod_security feature and has built in anti-DDoS capability. With customizable features such as per-IP connection, request, and bandwidth throttling, IPs that make too many connections or requests or ask for too much bandwidth are blocked, stopping attackers before they overrun your server.
Performance & Scalability
Litespeed web server increases the performance & scalability of web hosting platforms through its unique event driven architecture. It has the capability of serving thousands of clients simultaneously with minimum usage of server resources such as Memory and CPU. The uniquely developed & optimized code of Litespeed web server increases the PHP performance as well as serves the static websites faster than Apache. It has the capability of handling sudden spikes in traffic as well as help in managing the DDOS attack without any DDOS mitigation hardware.
Switching to LiteSpeed from Apache is an easy task and very cost effective in terms of support costs. Litespeed's licensing costs are quite lower than any hardware upgrade required to optimize a server running Apache. Litespeed helps in reducing the support costs with its unique features providing an optimized, secure, stable hosting platform which in turn allows support technicians and Administrators peace of mind from an overloaded server