Why is Benchmarking WordPress so Hard?

December 1st, 2016 by Steven Antonucci

As promised, we’re going to be giving the hosting industry a tool for doing a proper “benchmark” as a means of evaluating your own WordPress capabilities in a standardized way. I’m going to start this post with a few definitions, since there has been a lot of misuse of the words and language in best practices.

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Prepare For the Holidays With LiteMage’s Newest Feature: Site Visitor Acceleration!

November 8th, 2016 by Rob Holda

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It’s no secret that the slower a page loads, the more likely a customer is to leave your site. With the newest enhancements to LiteSpeed Web Server and LiteMage Cache, you can rest easy knowing that all your visitors will experience the fastest load times ever!

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Can Your Magento Do This?

October 5th, 2016 by Steven Antonucci

We’re excited to share a quick LiteSpeed customer success story from one of our European partners running a large-scale Magento site supporting a popular television program.

Every week during the program, the Magento store is supported by a 6-node cluster front ended by a LiteSpeed Load Balancer with LiteMage cache. Stats from this past week are pretty amazing.

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In case your German is rusty, that’s almost 50,000 active users in this Magento store at peak usage.

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With the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching, we want to know…

Can your Magento do this?

Democracy and the Benchmark

September 19th, 2016 by Steven Antonucci

It seems like we’re entering the YouTube era of benchmarking.

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You know how you can go on YouTube and find someone who knows almost nothing about the subject they are posting a video about? Well, benchmarking these days is kind of like that…

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Improving DigitalOcean WordPress Droplet Performance with just One Click (With OpenLiteSpeed)!

August 10th, 2016 by Rob Holda

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LiteSpeed Technologies announces the release of a one-click script that quickly and easily supercharges your DigitalOcean Droplet’s WordPress setup. LiteSpeed’s cache performance delivers significant performance and scalability gains over the DigitalOcean default.

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The HTTPoxy Vulnerability has been taken care of by LiteSpeed, automatically!

July 18th, 2016 by Rob Holda

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Today, HTTPoxy was discovered in the wild. This vulnerability affects some server-side web applications that run in CGI or CGI-like environments, such as some FastCGI configurations. So far, the PHP, Python, and Go languages are known to be affected by this.

The vulnerability is caused by conflicting namespaces. A CGI or FastCGI-like interface sets environment variables based on HTTP request parameters. These can override internal variables that are used to configure the application. Further explanation of this bug can be found on the httpoxy web page.

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LiteSpeed Announces Load Balancer 2.0 (LiteSpeed ADC) with built-in LiteMage Cluster + PageSpeed Optimization

June 28th, 2016 by Rob Holda

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Introduction

It is a well-known fact that clustering Magento environments is technically complex. Adding Full Page Caching to a Magento cluster is even more difficult. Many people try to use PHP Full Page Caches with redis backends. This is not difficult, however the performance increase is not very good. Alternatively, introducing Varnish as the cache layer offers better performance. However, this creates a single point of failure, SSL termination issues, cache synchronization issues, and load balancing issues.

LiteSpeed Technologies proudly announces the industry’s first single layer, integrated, enterprise scale, application aware Application Delivery Controller (ADC).

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ols1clk: 1-Click Install OpenLiteSpeed With WordPress + MySQL!

May 4th, 2016 by Rob Holda

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Just when you thought installing OpenLiteSpeed couldn’t get any easier, it does! With our new ols1clk installation script, you can install OLS (and optionally MySQL and WordPress) with literally one click!

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OpenLiteSpeed Does It Again:
1.4.17 Retakes the Lead In Serving Small Static Files With Its Default Configuration

May 3rd, 2016 by Rob Holda

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Last month, we reported that we improved OpenLiteSpeed’s performance by fixing a bug we discovered thanks to a benchmark posted by Jarrod from rootusers.com.

Since then, an Nginx developer suggested some configuration tuning to make the Nginx results better. We found that some of those configurations are not likely to be used in a production environment. Notably:

  • sendfile was turned off
  • etag header was turned off

Our internal evaluation confirmed that Nginx was indeed faster with its benchmark-tuned configuration. That said, should these kinds of configurations be used in a production server?

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LiteMage Configuration Tricks:
How To Keep Your Cache Warm Indefinitely

April 27th, 2016 by Rob Holda

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LiteMage has many settings which can be fine-tuned to increase store performance. Today, let’s discuss a trick that nearly all stores can benefit from: keeping your public cache warm.

What is a warm cache?

A warm cache already contains your data, in this case objects and pages. When these are freshly stored in your cache, they can be served by LiteSpeed Web Server directly. This prevents PHP from being invoked and hitting the Magento backend, meaning your users can access these objects and pages faster. Thus, it would be ideal to keep your cache warm as long as possible. LiteMage can keep your cache warm indefinitely.

But how?

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