Compare LiteSpeed Web Server Editions 2021-01-19 17:55:59 OpenLiteSpeed vs. LiteSpeed Enterprise. What's the difference? Which LiteSpeed Web Server should you use? Compare features of the enterprise and open source editions of our powerful web server.

Compare LiteSpeed Web Server Editions

From individual sites to shared hosting environments, LiteSpeed has a cutting-edge server product for you.

OpenLiteSpeed or LiteSpeed Enterprise?

  • OpenLiteSpeed

    OpenLiteSpeed, our free, open source web server, is most frequently used for individual sites that don't change often. This is because OpenLiteSpeed requires a restart to load any new .htaccess file.

    OpenLiteSpeed Advantages:
    • Powerful cache engine
    • Apache-compatible rewrite rules
    • CyberPanel and DirectAdmin compatibility
    • Unlimited worker processes
    • Open Source, FREE
    • Community support

  • LSWS Enterprise

    LiteSpeed Web Server, Enterprise edition, is ideal for shared hosting environments, where updates are frequent. LiteSpeed Web Server autodetects changes to .htaccess and adjusts as necessary without restart.

    LiteSpeed Web Server Advantages:
    • More powerful cache engine
    • Full Apache compatibility
    • Compatible with cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, CyberPanel and more
    • Number of worker processes based on license
    • Commercial, with FREE tier
    • Commercial support

Detailed feature comparison

Open Enterprise
 Basic Features
IPv4 and IPv6
Languages: PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python, NodeJS, JSP, etc.
SAPIs: LiteSpeed API, CGI, FCGI, AJPv13, Proxy
Unlimited IP and name-based virtual hosting
GZIP and Brotli compression
WebSocket Proxy
TLS v1.3
Runs on Linux, FreeBSD
CloudLinux CL LVE
 Apache Compatibility
Apache mod_rewrite rules
Standard mod_security v3 engine
Optimized commercial mod_security engine
Reads Apache's configuration files directly
Apache Hosting control panel compatible
Full .htaccess support
 Performance & Scalability
Event-Driven Architecture
high concurrent connection capacity
Tiny memory footprint
LiteSpeed's exclusive server API (LSAPI)
Separation of server and web applications
PageSpeed Support
Built-in page caching
Asynchronous I/O support
Advanced .htaccess caching
SSL Offloading
Anti-DDoS connection and bandwidth throttling
Anti SSL BEAST and negotiation attack capabilities
Strict HTTP request validation
Denies buffer-overrun attempts
mod_security compatibility
SSL client verification
reCAPTCHA Protection
CloudLinux CageFS compatibility
WordPress Brute Force Attacks Protection
chroot ability
 High Availability
Apply changes with zero downtime
Recovers from service failure instantly
Zero downtime server software upgrade
 Ease of Use
Intuitive WebAdmin console GUI
Virtual host templates for easy configuration
Real-time service monitoring
Integrated into CyberPanel, DirectAdmin
Version management
cPanel/WHM plugin / Plesk plugin
 Cache Plugin Support
Drupal 8
XenForo 1.x and 2.x
Magento 1.x and 2.x
 Advanced Features
Easily run multiple versions of PHP on one server
mp4/flv streaming
Stream logs to external logger
Geo-IP lookup
Custom log formatting
Node JS, Python/Django, Ruby/Rails app server support
ESI support
MS FrontPage Server Extensions
Rails shared hosting
Redis mass hosting