Make It Even Faster: LiteSpeed is Coming!

Make It Even Faster: LiteSpeed is Coming!

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Web Hosting Canada is boosting server speed yet again! We’re deploying Litespeed, a faster, more robust server technology to enhance performance across all web hosting and reseller accounts.

What is LiteSpeed?

LiteSpeed is a web server application that was designed from the ground up specifically to provide fast performance with little overhead for websites, especially under heavy load. Started in 2002, LiteSpeed has made astounding improvements to server efficiency. It’s compatible with our existing hosting configuration, making a switch relatively simple without needing to modify configuration.

Why is LiteSpeed better than our previous setup?

Before LiteSpeed, WHC powered most of its web infrastructure on Apache, currently the world’s most popular web server application, powering over 60% of websites. Apache is robust application that has withstood the test of time, but new technologies have since appeared providing superior performance.

The biggest difference between LiteSpeed Web Server and Apache comes down to architecture and the way that they handle connections,” notes LiteSpeed. “LSWS is event-driven and Apache is process-based.”

WHC first deployed LiteSpeed on its production environment when developing our Managed WordPress Hosting. In addition to its lightweight web server, LiteSpeed also provides a useful WordPress plugin to manage powerful acceleration features such as dynamic caching. When tested, the results were conclusive and substantially faster than any other acceleration methods based on plugins.

Benchmark LiteSpeed
(From top to bottom: LiteSpeed plugin, WP Rocket, W3 Cache, WP Fastest Cache, Simple Cache and WP Super Cache)

Along with its ability to handle more requests per second, LiteSpeed also managed to handle huge traffic without increase resource consumption, thus improving overall stability. Here’s an example of how a server’s load responded once they made the switch from Apache to LiteSpeed:

Server load
(This Image is taken from the LiteSpeed Website)

What does this mean for WHC clients?

Simply put, WHC clients will get even more out of their servers as LiteSpeed increases efficiency (serve more clients at the same time), performance (serves pages faster) and security (keeps your site running while it’s getting bombarded with requests). This all comes together for a faster and more pleasant website experience.

When will LiteSpeed be available?

WHC has begun rolling out LiteSpeed on Canadian Hosting, Reseller Hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting and expects to complete a full deployment by the end of September. Look for upcoming emails with more details about exact dates of the rollout on your account.

LiteSpeed web server will be available as an optional addon for Cloud and Dedicated servers at that time as well.

Until then, as always, Happy Hosting!
WHC Team

About the author: Marc Pilon

Marc is a SEO Copywriter, Research Analyst, Marketer and Boardgame Wizard at WHC. He focuses on everything from developing new online growth strategies, content creation, technical SEO, and outreach within the community.

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