LiteSpeed Web Server

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The LiteSpeed Web Server is a high performance and low memory consumption PHP web server with high scalability. It is built based on the best practices of the PHP hosting, utilizing the benefits of both Apache and NGINX implementations, and integrating its own optimizations.

The feature-rich structure of the LiteSpeed application server includes the following specifics:
  • an event-driven architecture (like NGINX) consumes fewer resources than Apache process-based model, ensuring better performance with minimum memory and CPU usage
  • full compatibility with commonly used Apache features including mod_rewrite, .htaccess, and mod_security
  • individual optimization for the most popular hosting platforms (e.g. WordPress, Magento, Drupal, Joomla, etc.)
  • support of the caching plugins, cutting-edge anti-DDoS features, built-in WAF security, etc.

Note: Being a commercial software, LiteSpeed Web Server cannot be distributed freely, i.e. requires the license to be applied to the platform. If working with this application server, you’ll be charged an additional fee for usage of the license mentioned above.

The creation of a new LiteSpeed Web Server instance in the Jelastic PaaS is straightforward.

1. Log in to the dashboard and click the New Environment button at the top of the page.

new environment button
2. Within the opened topology wizard, switch to the PHP engine tab and choose LiteSpeed Web Server as your application server.

litespeed application server wizard

Configure any other required parameters (cloudlets, disk space, regions, etc.) and proceed with the Create button.

3. After creation, you can view the default phpinfo data on the server by clicking Open in Browser next to your LiteSpeed server:

litespeed open in browser
4. To start managing the server, access the Admin Panel with the appropriate button in the Additionally list next to the layer (access credentials are sent via email after the node creation).

litespeed admin panel
Note: There are some specifics while working with the Jelastic PaaS implementation of the LiteSpeed via the admin panel:
  • to ensure container stability, the Jelastic-native redeploy feature should be used instead of the Actions > Version Manager functionality

    litespeed version management
  • the notification about the license key expiration in the Actions > Server Log Viewer should be ignored as the leasing is automatically managed by the platform

    litespeed license key expiration notice
The application deployment process is the same as for any other Jelastic application server.

License Pricing

Specifically for Jelastic PaaS, there was created a more flexible pricing model for LiteSpeed servers that suits dynamic cloud environments. You can start with free licenses using up to 2 GB per environment. Then the price will depend on the tiers according to the RAM usage.

RAM / Cloudlets ConsumptionPricing (USD)
up to 2 GB (16 cloudlets)free of charge
up to 8 GB (64 cloudlets)0.014$ per hour (10$ per month)
over 8 GB (64 cloudlets)0.022$ per hour (16$ per month)

Note: Pricing may vary depending on the country and chosen service provider. Herewith, all the account charges can be viewed via the Billing History in the dashboard.

litespeed license in billing history