Improve WordPress Performance with LiteSpeed Web Server

LiteSpeed/ 12th Mar 2018/Jamie Hoyles

We recently wrote about the positives LiteSpeed can bring to your web hosting platform. This time we explore how it’s possible to improve WordPress Performance with LiteSpeed Web Server.

LiteSpeed is an alternate piece of web server software replacing the more commonly used Apache. There is a cost for LiteSpeed, however it can dramatically improve page speed, Time to First Byte (TTFB) and subsequently page rank and of course provide a better experience to a website’s visitors.

Improve WordPress Performance with LiteSpeed Web Server

The first step to implement the speed up is by enabling LiteSpeed on your Clook cloud / dedicated server or by moving onto our optweb platform. Once done it is simply a case of downloading and enabling the free LiteSpeed Cache plug in.

How to Improve WordPress Performance from the plug-in site:

“LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress (LSCWP) communicates with your LiteSpeed Web Server and its built-in page cache (LSCache) to deliver superior performance to your WordPress site.

LSCache is a server-level cache, so it’s faster than PHP-level caches. 

A page cache allows the server to bypass PHP and database queries altogether. LSCache, in particular, because of its close relationship with the server, can remember things about the cache entries that other plugins cannot, and it can analyze dependencies. It can utilize tags to manage the smart purging of the cache, and it can use vary cookies to serve multiple versions of cached content based on things like mobile vs. desktop, geographic location, and currencies.”

There is minimal configuration – The plug-in works “out of the box” – it’s default settings  are appropriate for most sites.

Great Compatibility – It is also compatible with most of your popular add-ons – Yoast, WooCommerce, WordFence, ContactForm7, etc.

Speed times will improve as statically cached web pages load much faster than the ones dynamically generated. In turn this enhances your site performance and speed.

It’s possible that your page rank will increase too. Google states that of two websites of with similar content and SEO quality, they will favour the one which loads faster and accordingly will rank it higher.

If you’d like to know more about LiteSpeed Web Server or are interested in activating a free trial (cloud/dedicated servers) then please give us a call on 03300 885 250 or email sales@clook.net.

If you have an accounts query it is likely Jamie will be the one to help you resolve it…! Away from the office he is a supporter of Tony Mowbray’s blue and white army, enjoys watching and playing cricket and appreciates a good meal out.

We have a very strong team here at Clook and we build on everyone's strengths and weaknesses, you have to be able to make a good brew too!

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