Jon Berry, the owner of Green Olive Tree, prides himself on solving complicated tech problems. For very high bandwidth applications or sites where page speed is critical, he uses LiteSpeed Web Server. He's seen how LSWS's efficient connection processing allows servers to serve more:
Fans2Cash is now a popular Facebook affiliate network. But when they were just starting out, Fans2Cash's owners came to Green Olive Tree with a problem. They were running the affiliate system and their content site, mobilelikez.com, "on a single underpowered cPanel server and were only getting around 10 Mbit peak traffic per day. The site operators were convinced that a lot of their traffic just wasn’t getting through." Jon switched them to LiteSpeed Web Server, guessing their WordPress site needed the superior PHP handling LSWS offers (as opposed to something like nginx). Immediately, they saw a 50% jump in traffic.
This was just the start, though. "Their growth speed was staggering," Jon says. Now they are on five application servers all running LSWS. Each of these servers routinely powers through 30 Mbit peak traffic (for a total of 150 Mbit) without any slowdowns. (See graph at right.) These traffic levels would be unimaginable with Apache on similar hardware. Jon says he's even seen them handle 90 Mbit peak traffic each "without a hiccup".
The Fans2Cash operators are thrilled with Green Olive Tree's management. Green Olive Tree has customized many different aspects, including recently optimizing the affiliate system, but LSWS has been integral to making the system work.