Last month we posted about our experiences at WHD.Global. Two weeks and thousands of miles later, we attended the Magento Imagine conference in Las Vegas. We’d like to again share our thoughts.
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In early January, we blogged about the great feedback that our LiteSpeed Cache Plugin for WordPress (LSCWP) was receiving. Since it’s official release on January 20th, LSCWP has continued to receive very positive feedback. Three months and 2,000 downloads later, we thought we’d share some of this feedback and how it has shaped the development of our LSCWP plugin.
Magento 2 introduced many improvements over Magento 1.9. Magento’s built-in PageCache module is now included in both Magento 2 Community and Enterprise Editions, the checkout process has been streamlined, the code modernized, performance improved, and table locking reduced. These improvements make Magento 2 faster and more stable than it’s predecessor, but it can still be made better.
For example, you could implement a faster full page caching solution, such as Varnish. Unfortunately, this can over-complicate your stack, requiring extra components such as an NGINX reverse proxy and a Varnish Cache Instance.
Now, there’s an easier way.
A few weeks back, Jarrod from rootusers.com posted a benchmark that demonstrated that when handling small static files, Nginx outperformed our OpenLiteSpeed Web Server, particularly during the 1 and 2 CPU Core tests. We decided to dig deeper and investigate these results.
For LiteSpeed, WHD brought with it many things: new sights, new tastes, new faces, and new developments.
Permit me to introduce myself.
My name is Steven Antonucci, and I am the head of Business Development for LiteSpeed Technologies. In essence, I own sales and marketing for LiteSpeed, but I have a very technical background. I’ve been around the industry for 28 years, holding a degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. For the past 17 years, I have worked for Mercury Interactive/HP Software directly in various sales and marketing and TECHNICAL roles…including the NYC lead performance architect for LoadRunner.
Before last years Magento Imagine conference, we announced a benchmark where we stated that LiteMage performed ~17-40x better than Turpentine + Varnish. This led to several people questioning the validity of our benchmark because LiteMage seemed too good to be true. A year later, we decided to revisit this benchmark with the latest version of each software to see where we stand.