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#1 sremick

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 10:26 PM

Just noticed the email about the shift from Apache to Litespeed. While I certainly welcome a speed increase, it does mean I have to take all the "Powered by Apache" links/buttons off my sites. :) Ah well.

I know, lame thing to lament over... but as someone who promotes FreeBSD and Apache a lot, it's a bummer to lose now a second "eat my own dogfood" item. ;) Oh well, bring on the snappier website I suppose. Hope it works out well. :)
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 02:32 AM

Just noticed the email about the shift from Apache to Litespeed. While I certainly welcome a speed increase, it does mean I have to take all the "Powered by Apache" links/buttons off my sites. :) Ah well.

I know, lame thing to lament over... but as someone who promotes FreeBSD and Apache a lot, it's a bummer to lose now a second "eat my own dogfood" item. ;) Oh well, bring on the snappier website I suppose. Hope it works out well. :)


I'm all for it anything that makes mdd's service better is a good change in my book.

Server Load seems to be down some and the pages load are very snappy.

I'm just surprised to see mike switch to Litespeed.. As before he mentioned the difference wasn't huge. I wonder what changed?

All in all a busy last couple of weeks for mdd. At least two out the three big peaces of news where good (new help desk and Litepseed).
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#3 MikeDVB

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 09:32 AM

LiteSpeed generally has a smaller Memory Footprint which is the primary reason for making the switch - that and their implementation of suPHP is a lot better than the Apache version - you can squeeze the same performance out of Apache but it generally requires a lot more resources to do so from my testing.
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 10:13 AM

LiteSpeed generally has a smaller Memory Footprint which is the primary reason for making the switch - that and their implementation of suPHP is a lot better than the Apache version - you can squeeze the same performance out of Apache but it generally requires a lot more resources to do so from my testing.


I remember you mentioning that Apache had a large resource foot point.

I admit I had to look up suphp as I wasn't sure what it did.

How hard was it to install?
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 12:03 PM

I came across this:

http://www.w3reports...php?itemid=1973

I'd be curious on this different perspective. Does none of that apply here?
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 12:22 PM

I came across this:

http://www.w3reports...php?itemid=1973

I'd be curious on this different perspective. Does none of that apply here?


I noticed a big change in the speed of my static pages, but none that I could notice in my dynamic pages. That could be attributed to my own setup. So, I did some further research. Seems like there is a 'new and improved' LiteSpeed since that article was written. Actually, there have been a LOT of new versions since that article! ;)

I could not find any very recent benchmark test results. But, here are some things that LiteSpeed does offer over Apache (many useful to me personally):
LiteSpeed Apache Comparisons
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 02:53 AM

I've noticed my PHP pages seems to load faster, perceptionally, at least. I don't really have any resource intensive pages nor a lot of visitors to really judge. Though my WordPress seems admin and frontend seems to load faster!
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#8 MikeDVB

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:32 PM

I came across this:

http://www.w3reports...php?itemid=1973

I'd be curious on this different perspective. Does none of that apply here?

To be honest, it looks to me like they are trying to save money by dropping LiteSpeed licenses (Apache is free, LiteSpeed is not - not by a long shot). LiteSpeed is a drop-in replacement for Apache and everything in cPanel that works on Apache will work on LiteSpeed without issues.

I noticed a big change in the speed of my static pages, but none that I could notice in my dynamic pages. That could be attributed to my own setup. So, I did some further research. Seems like there is a 'new and improved' LiteSpeed since that article was written. Actually, there have been a LOT of new versions since that article! ;)

I could not find any very recent benchmark test results. But, here are some things that LiteSpeed does offer over Apache (many useful to me personally):
LiteSpeed Apache Comparisons

This is true - the new 4.0.6 is amazing and the 4.1 RC adds some even better more amazing features. You can read up on it at http://www.litespeedtech.com/

As far as PHP performance - the actual processing of the pages on the server is around 50% faster - and it is faster when you make multiple PHP requests in a row or per second as it will leave the PHP process open to process multiple requests instead of where Apache would create a new process for each request and then kill it and make a new one for the next process, etc...
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:43 AM

I've written a blog post on my personal blog about LiteSpeed and Apache if anybody wants to check it out it can be found at:
http://www.mikedvb.c...2-2-in-my-eyes/
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