WordPress Performance Benchmark https://www.litespeedtech.com/images/logos/litespeed/litespeed-logo.png 2019-10-08 18:37:16 Which loads WordPress faster via HTTP/2: LiteSpeed Web Server, nginx or Apache? We ran a series of WordPress HTTP/2 benchmarks, to compare LSWS + LSCache, nginx + FastCGI, and Apache + W3 Total Cache. LiteSpeed WordPress is 12X Faster than nginx and 84X faster than Apache!

LiteSpeed WordPress is up to 12X Faster!

For WordPress, LiteSpeed delivers the goods faster than any other HTTP/2 server.

Up to 12 times faster than nginx!

We tested HTTP/2 implementations from LiteSpeed Web Server, nginx, and Apache, to see how they would compare when loading WordPress. LiteSpeed beat nginx by up to 12X, and blew Apache out of the water by a whopping 84X! The best available WordPress cache plugins were used for each server: LSCache for LiteSpeed, FastCGI Cache for nginx, and W3 Total Cache for Apache.

We followed the methodology laid out on http2benchmark.org, which means our results are verifiable and repeatable.


Summary

h2load -n 100000 -c 100 -t 1 -T 5 -m 10 -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' https://domain.com/wordpress/
Server Requests / Sec MB / Sec Failures Header Compression
LiteSpeed 69618.5 270.38 0 96.64%
Nginx 6025.3 24.5 0 26.54%
Apache 826.5 3.08 0 88.9%

LiteSpeed Web Server performs 12X faster than Nginx and 84X faster than Apache when loading WordPress.

wrk -c 100 -t 1 -d 5s -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' https://domain.com/wordpress/
Server Requests / Sec MB / Sec Failures Header Compression
LiteSpeed 28360.3 119.33 N/A N/A
Nginx 5730 24.15 N/A N/A
Apache 1000.56 4.09 N/A N/A

LiteSpeed Web Server performs 5X faster than Nginx and 28X faster than Apache when loading WordPress.


Test Environment

  • Server Tested:

    • LiteSpeed Web Server v5.4.1
    • nginx v1.16.1
    • Apache v2.4.41
  • WordPress:

    • WordPress version: 5.2.2
    • LiteSpeed cache: LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress
    • nginx cache: FastCGI Cache
    • Apache cache: W3 Total Cache
  • Client Machine:

    • Memory Size: 1GB
    • CPU number: 1
    • CPU Threads: 1
    • CPU Model: Virtual CPU 6db7dc0e7704
    • Disk: NVMe SSD
  • Server Machine:

    • Memory Size: 1GB
    • CPU number: 1
    • CPU Threads: 1
    • CPU Model: Virtual CPU 6db7dc0e7704
    • Disk: NVMe SSD
  • Network:

    • Traffic: 9.02 Gbits/sec
    • Latency: 0.302 ms
  • Cloud VM:

    • Vultr High Frequency Compute 1GB VM

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