Better than a Reverse Proxy
Is nginx running as a reverse proxy a suitable replacement for LiteSpeed Web Server?
nginx doesn't address important performance and usability issues:
- Most hosting control panels are not compatible out-of-the-box with nginx as a reverse proxy.
LiteSpeed Web Server, on the other hand, is specifically designed for easy set up with control panels. Our control panel plugins can get you running LiteSpeed in less than 15 minutes.
- To set up nginx as a reverse you will need to reconfigure for each of your web applications.
Because many web application pages are behind rewrite rules, you will have to set these rewrite rules in nginx for each application. If you have multiple instances of an application, you may have to put multiple settings into nginx. These configurations may have to be updated every time you upgrade the application. LiteSpeed works off your current Apache configs, meaning it will be instantly compatible with your WordPress, Joomla!, Magento, etc. installations when you switch.
- nginx as a reverse proxy only helps static content.
Today's Internet is built on dynamic content. Even once nginx is set up as a reverse proxy, it will only serve the static portions of sites. To get real improvements, you need to make sure your dynamic content is served by an event-driven web server. This will reduce the number of processes created, cutting load and memory usage (as shown in our case studies). LiteSpeed is the only event-driven web server ready to take over all of Apache's duties with just a few clicks.
- Using a reverse proxy adds an extra layer.
If the rewrites noted above are not configured correctly, having nginx as a reverse proxy will actually slow down service. nginx will only serve a small portions of requests. The rest will be passed off to Apache and the extra layer will mean slower service than you would have had without nginx. LiteSpeed's Apache compatibility means no extra layers, just a smooth transition and blazing fast service.
If not configured correctly, nginx as a reverse proxy can actually slow down service, as it only serves a small portion of requests, and the rest have to pass through an extra layer before getting to Apache. LiteSpeed replaces Apache completely, meaning no extra layers, just a smooth transition and blazing fast service.