The Ideal LiteSpeed Cache Settings 2023 (With CDN Setup Instructions)

Litespeed cache settings

In this guide, we’re configuring LiteSpeed Cache + CDN.

The “best” settings are different for each site and you should really go through each one yourself and test your results. What that said, this guide is intended to be more of a baseline.

There’s no reason to use any other cache plugin since LiteSpeed Cache has excellent reviews, extensive settings, and uses faster server-level caching. It’s definitely the best free cache plugin.

We’ll also be setting up’s CDN which is built for LiteSpeed. But just a heads up, the free plan only uses 6 PoPs while the paid (standard) plan uses all 81 PoPs with DDoS protection.

If you’re not using a LiteSpeed host yet, I like NameHero for US-based sites and ChemiCloud. Both are similar with LiteSpeed, NVMe storage (faster than SATA SSDs), MariaDB (faster than MySQL), and cPanel. But ChemiCloud has more data centers and 9/11 of them use NVMe SSDs.

  • ON – enable.
  • OFF – disable.
  • TEST / DEPENDS test your results, or it depends on other settings.
  • CONSUME RESOURCES –  indicates the setting may consume more server resources which can lead to 5xx errors + CPU overages on shared hosting and less powerful servers.
SG Optimizer WP Rocket LiteSpeed Cache
Price Free $59/year Free
Server-side caching x
Object cache integration x
Delay JavaScript x
Remove unused CSS x Inline Separate file
Critical CSS x
Host third-party code locally x x
Image compression x via QUIC
WebP x via QUIC
Image placeholders x x LQIP via QUIC
Add missing image dimensions x
Exclude viewport images from lazy load By class/type Helper plugin Automatically
Lazy render HTML elements x x
Preload links x
First time visit optimization x x Guest Mode
Control cache TTL x
Control preloading x
ESI (edge side includes) x x
Gravatar cache x x
Limit post revisions Delete all Delete all Keep some
CDN Google Cloud StackPath
CDN price $14.99/mo $7.99/mo $.02-.08/GB
CDN locations 176 73 81 (standard plan)
Full page caching x
Smart routing Anycast x Anycast
Load balancing x
DDoS protection x x
Bandwidth Unmetered Very limited Usage-based
New features Infrequent Infrequent Frequent
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1. Dashboard

LiteSpeed’s Dashboard shows the status of optimized images, CDN usage, CSS, etc. Measuring your PageSpeed scores here is more accurate than third-party browser tools such as GTmetrix.

Litespeed cache dashboard


2. General

  • Automatically Upgrade – ON likely maintained well enough to do this.
  • Domain Key – request a domain key and add it here, then link to
  • Guest Mode – ON improves load time for first time visitors by saving time reading cookies, looking for cache varies, and processing ESI. You can read more about Guest Mode + Guest Optimization here, but it has great feedback in Facebook Groups. This setting can consume resources if crawling is on and doesn’t work with Cloudflare APO.
  • Guest Optimization – ON aggressive page and image optimization for first time visits.
  • Server IP – click “Check my public IP from” and copy/paste your server IP here.
  • Notifications – ON turn on if you want notifications from LiteSpeed (i.e. new releases).

Litespeed cache general settings


3. Presets

You should really go through this tutorial and tweak settings yourself. But if you’re stuck on using a preset, I would use Extreme, but disable CSS/JS combine and test asynchronous CSS. LiteSpeed Cache saves your previous settings under “History” in case something goes wrong.

Litespeed cache configuration presets 1

You can download the settings I use in this tutorial (via Google Drive) then upload them in Presets → Import/Export. I would test it on a staging site and still go through them, including:

  • Request domain key
  • Add your server IP
  • Setup
  • Setup object cache
  • Localization files
  • HTML lazy load selectors
  • Clean database
  • Use “Tuning” settings to exclude files if they break your site
  • Use “Media Excludes” settings to manually exclude above the fold images


4. Cache


  • Enable Cache – On test your site in and look for x-litespeed-cache hit.
  • Cache Logged-in Users – Off only enable if you run a membership website or similar and have users logging in that need their own cache, otherwise it consumes resources.
  • Cache Commenters – Off creates a separate cache for people who leave a comment which is still pending, but also consumes resources if your blog gets lots of comments.
  • Cache Rest API – On used for many themes, plugins, and the WordPress Block Editor.
  • Cache Login Page – On saves server resources since the login page is a common target. Don’t change the login URL since LiteSpeed + optimize the default login page.
  • Cache favicon.ico – On caches favicon (the small logo image shown in the browser tab).
  • Cache PHP Resources – On caches static PHP files (i.e. CSS + JS) loaded by your theme. Only disable if you have dynamic CSS + JavaScript loaded in PHP, which you likely don’t.
  • Cache Mobile – Depends only enable if you serve different content on mobile/desktop, or use AMP, CCSS, UCSS, or Guest Mode and Guest Optimization (consumes resources). Since I recommend Guest Mode + Guest Optimization be turned on, this would also be on.
  • Cache URIs – not necessary for most websites since the “cache logged-in users” setting handles private cached URIs, and no pages on your site generally need to be force cached.
  • Drop Query String – marketing campaigns and tracking URLs often contain query strings where caching is ignored. The default list is usually fine, but if you have others, add them.

Litespeed cache cache control settings


  • Cache TTL – default settings are usually fine. Cache TTL is the amount of time LiteSpeed Cache keeps a cached file. Once it expires, it will create a new one. A shorter TTL is only needed if you update your site frequency and want to guarantee visitors will see the new cached version, but this will also consume more resources. A long TTL will save resources, but the cache won’t be refreshed as frequently, so visitors might not see the new content.

Litespeed cache ttl settings


  • Purge All On Upgrade – On purges cache when WordPress core/themes/plugins are upgraded to make sure your site displays properly. LiteSpeed says to leave this on as well.
  • Auto Purge Rules For Publish/Update – default settings are OK. Whenever you publish a post, your blogroll and other content may need to update, so they should also be purged.
  • Serve Stale – Off when turned on, the most recently purged (stale) copy of the page is served if the new cached version isn’t generated yet (enabling this consumes resources).
  • Scheduled Purge URLs – no need to add URLs here unless you need pages purged at specific time (during low traffic), in which case you would also set scheduled purge time.
  • Purge All Hooks – default settings are fine. When specific hooks are run, it will purge all. LiteSpeed says adding comment_post may be good to purge all when a comment is made.

Litespeed cache purge settings


Nothing to do here for most sites. You’re already controlling the cache in other LiteSpeed Cache settings, so there’s usually no reason to exclude things from the cache unless you have a reason.


  • Enable ESI – Off controls how specific elements on your dynamic pages are cached, whether it be publicly, privately, with a custom TTL, etc. Complicates things (LiteSpeed says it’s easier for a server to return full pages without messing with this). If ESI is off, there’s no need to change settings for admin bar, comment form, Nonces, or Vary Group. I’ve never used the ESI feature so I’ll be the one to admit I shouldn’t be giving advice on it.



  • Object Cache – On caches your database and great for WooCommerce/dynamic sites (I prefer Redis over Memcached). To pass the connection test, enable Redis or Memcached in your hosting account (only one). In cPanel, it’s in Select PHP Version → Extensions, then enable the Redis or Memcached extension. Save changes and recheck the connection test.
  • Method – Redis if that’s the extension you enabled in your host, otherwise Memcached.
  • Host – leave as localhost.
  • Port – leave as the default port.
  • Default Object Cache Lifetime – 360s is fine.
  • Username/Password – leave as-is (not needed).
  • Redis Database ID – leave unless you use Redis and need a different ID.
  • Global Groups – leave as-is (groups that should be cached at network level).
  • Do Not Cache Groups – leave unless you want to add groups excluded in object cache.
  • Persistent Connection – On connection is kept alive and can make Memcached faster.
  • Cache WP-Admin – Depends caching the admin can speed it up but also risks you seeing outdated data. You can enable it if your admin is slow, otherwise leave this off.
  • Store Transients – On recommended by LiteSpeed to get server status notifications.

Litespeed cache object cache settings

Redis memcached cpanel
You will need to activate Redis or Memcached in your hosting account to pass the connection test


  • Browser Cache – On not sure why this isn’t enabled by default.
  • Browser Cache TTL – 31557600 this is 1 year which is recommended by Google to “serve static assets with an efficient cache policy” and tells browsers how long cache is stored. WooCommerce/dynamic websites probably want to set this to 43800 (1 month).

Litespeed cache browser cache settings


  • Login Cookie – leave as-is (only needed if you have multiple WordPress installs and need the cache to distinguish who is logged into which WordPress site, not used for a multisite).
  • Improve HTTP/HTTPS Compatibility – Off only enable if you’re using both HTTP and HTTPS and are noticing issues with the cache. You can also try forcing SSL to solve issues.
  • Instant Click – On similar to the Flying Pages plugin and WP Rocket’s link preloading. When users hover over a link, the page will download in the background so by the time they click it, the page will appear to load instantly (enabling this can consume resources).

Litespeed cache advanced settings


5. CDN

  • CDN – On QUIC was built specifically for LiteSpeed and is a solid CDN with HTML caching (similar to Cloudflare APO). However, you need to use their standard plan (which costs $.02 – $.08/GB) if you want to use all 81 PoPs with DDoS protection. The free plan only uses 6 PoPs. QUIC is also needed for certain page/image optimizations, but it doesn’t resize images for mobile, so you may want to test ShortPixel Adaptive Images.
  • Use CDN Mapping – Off’s CDN and Cloudflare don’t use CDN mapping, so this would usually be off. The only time you should use it is if you’re using a CDN that uses a CDN URL like BunnyCDN. In this case, add the CDN URL and select the files to be served.
  • HTML Attribute To Replace – leave as-is since the CDN mapping setting is turned off.
  • Original URLs – leave as-is unless it’s a multisite with different domains + subdomains.
  • Included Directories – just the wp-content and wp-includes directories should be fine.
  • Exclude Path – leave as-is unless you want to exclude specific directories from above.
  • Cloudflare API – only needed if you’re using Cloudflare’s CDN instead of CDN.

How To Setup QUIC.Cloud

Quic. Cloud

Step 1: In the LSC General settings, request a domain key and add your Server IP.

Link to quic. Cloud

Step 2: Enable in the CDN settings (leave all other CDN settings as default).

Enable quic. Cloud cdn litespeed cache

Step 3: Go to your QUIC dashboard, sign up, click your domain, and go to CDN → Enable CDN.

Enable quic. Cloud cdn

Step 4: Choose a DNS method: Cloudflare’s DNS performs well on But while QUIC’s DNS isn’t listed, it has better integration with QUIC’s CDN with more accurate routing.

  • DNS: the easiest method is using’s DNS but this means you’ll be using AWS’s Route53 which is usually slower than Cloudflare’s DNS. They will copy your DNS records, then click “enable and add records” and they will assign you 2 nameservers. Login to your domain registrar and change nameservers to QUIC’s. Wait for QUIC to detect the change (i.e. 30 min.) and refresh the page. If successful, you’ll see “Using DNS” in QUIC.
  • Cloudflare: LiteSpeed has a video tutorial on this. You will change your CNAME in Cloudflare to the one provided by To do this, go to Cloudflare’s DNS settings and delete the A records for both your www and non-www domain. Next, create CNAME records for www and non-www domains. Make sure you use “DNS Only.” If you have Mail or MX records which use your root domain, you will need to create a subdomain and point the MX record to it. If you have issues, it may be caused by redirects in your .htaccess file.
  • CNAME: copy the address from and login to your hosting panel (i.e. cPanel). Go to Zone Editor → Manage and find your domain ( Click “edit” and change the record ( to the URL from Note this only works if your site is using the www version in your WordPress General settings.
Change nameservers to quic. Cloud DNS: you’re assigned 2 nameservers which you’ll change in your domain registrar
Cloudflare cname records with quic. Cloud
Cloudflare DNS: delete A records for www/non-www in Cloudflare, then replace with CNAME from QUIC’s
Cpanel zone editor
CNAME: paste’s CNAME record in cPanel → Zone Editor

Step 5: Verify’s CDN is working. You should see a confirmation message in your dashboard (i.e. Using DNS when using’s DNS). Eventually, you’ll see traffic is served through in the Analytics settings. You can also do an HTTP/3 Test.

Step 6: Configure the “CDN Config” settings in Here are a few tips:

  • Enable static cache (unless you’re using another CDN to cache static files).
  • Enable QUIC backend which lets QUIC connect to your server via QUIC and HTTP/3.
  • The Standard Plan gives you access to security and anti DDoS features with reCAPTCHA and WP Brute Force Defense, restricting XML-RPC, and includes settings for WordPress.

Step 7: Use the standard plan, not the free plan! Even if you don’t buy credits, you still get a certain amount of free credits (which depend on whether you’re using LiteSpeed Enterprise). The free plan only uses 6 PoPs without DDoS protection, while the standard plan uses all 81 PoPs with more features. Their credit-based system is a little confusing but it’s pretty much the same regional-based pricing as BunnyCDN. Credits are also needed for UCSS, CCSS, and LQIP.

Quic. Cloud cdn free vs. Standard plan free vs standard plan
Quic. Cloud cdn plans
Activate the standard plan and select your regions


6. Image Optimization

Configure the image optimization settings, then send an optimization request.

  • Auto Request Cron – On sends a request to optimize newly uploaded images.
  • Auto Pull Cron – On if the previous setting is turned on, this should be on too.
  • Optimize Original Images – On see LiteSpeed’s example, but likely turn this on.
  • Remove Original Backups – Off don’t remove unless you’re happy with the quality.
  • Optimize Losslessly – On I prefer lossless compression but you can try this yourself.
  • Preserve EXIF/XMP Data – Off removing EXIF data helps reduce your image sizes.
  • Create WebP Versions – On create WebP images to serve them in next-gen formats.
  • Image WebP Replacement – On enable this if you have the previous option enabled.
  • WebP Attribute To Replace – specify the element attributes to be replaced by WebP.
  • WebP For Extra srcset – On makes sure images in custom code are served as WebP.
  • WordPress Image Quality Control – 85 PSI tests images at 85% so that’s what I use.

Litespeed cache image optimization settings


7. Page Optimization

CSS Settings

  • CSS Minify – On removes unnecessary characters from CSS.
  • CSS Combine – Test Johnny makes some good arguments on why you shouldn’t combine especially if you have large CSS files. However, this is needed for UCSS to work. This is something that really depends on your website, so be sure to test your own results.
  • Generate UCSS – Off only use if CSS combine is turned on. UCSS helps remove unused CSS, but heavy CSS is often from themes/plugins which you can measure in the Chrome Dev Tools coverage report (see screenshot). If this is on, “cache mobile” should also be on. UCSS relies on (as well as CCSS) so you’ll want to be using QUIC if those are on.
  • UCSS Inline – Off this should always be off. Even if UCSS is enabled, it’s better to load it in a separate file vs. inline (explained by Vikas). This way, the separate file can be cached and doesn’t increase HTML size. Turning this on might give you better PageSpeed Insights scores, but it’s slower for actual visitors. Same reason remove unused CSS is faster in FlyingPress (which loads it in a separate file) compared to WP Rocket which loads it inline.
  • CSS Combine External and Inline – Off turn on if “combine CSS” is also on. This also combines external/inline CSS files which can often prevent your website from breaking.
  • Load CSS Asynchronously – Test – you’ll likely get FOUC or layout shift issues if this is enabled, but this is something I would definitely test and see how it impacts your speed.
  • CCSS Per URL – Off disable if previous option is off, especially if using a page builder.
  • Inline CSS Async Lib – Off CSS will be render-blocking, but you’ll avoid FOUC issues.
  • Font Display Optimization – default. Setting this to Swap can also cause FOUC issues. But if you see “ensure text remains visible during webfont load” in PSI, you can try Swap.

Litespeed cache css settings

JS Settings

  • JS Minify – On strips unnecessary characters from JavaScript.
  • JS Combine – Off don’t combine with HTTP/2 or large JS files.
  • JS Combine External and Inline – Off only enable if JS combine is enabled.
  • Load JS Deferred – Test delay will probably give you the best results, deferred is also good but can break your website, off is safest. If the defer option breaks your site, exclude problematic files under “JS Deferred Excludes” in the Tuning settings. Test them yourself.

Litespeed cache js settings

HTML Settings

  • HTML Minify – On strips unnecessary characters from HTML.
  • DNS Prefetch – open your third-party code report in PSI and look at all third-party domains loading on your site. Ignore CDN URLs + since they should use preconnect instead of prefetch. Next, eliminate all third-party code that is being delayed. The only domains you should prefetch are the ones left after that. Or you can see this list.
  • DNS Prefetch Control – On leave it on, but nothing to do if you added them manually.
  • HTML Lazy Load Selectors – similar to lazy loading images only it can be done for any below the fold element (#comments and #footer are common, WooCommerce related products, and Elementor sections loading near the bottom of the page). This video has the same steps for LSC. View your site → right click any element you want to lazy load → inspect → right click highlighted code → copy → copy selector → paste it into this field.
  • Remove Query Strings – Off somewhat outdated and shouldn’t impact load times.
  • Load Google Fonts Asynchronously – Off test carefully and view your GTmetrix Waterfall “fonts” tab to see the difference in your font load times. I like to keep it off.
  • Remove Google Fonts – Off only use if you’re hosting fonts locally and want to make sure any third-party fonts aren’t being loaded on your website, which they shouldn’t be.
  • Remove WordPress Emoji – On emojis aren’t good for load times, so turn this on.
  • Remove Noscript Tags – Off some people are still using old browsers. Keeping tags ensures better compatibility to make sure your website’s JavaScript is loaded correctly.

Litespeed cache html settings

Media Settings

  • Lazy Load Images – On you can also add a fade-in effect for smoother scrolling.
  • Basic Image Placeholder – use an image placeholder while the images are loading.
  • Responsive Placeholder – Depends on if using basic image placeholder (reduces CLS).
  • Responsive Placeholder SVG – specify the SVG to use as the responsive placeholder.
  • Responsive Placeholder Color – default gray color LiteSpeed Cache uses should be fine.
  • LQIP Cloud Generator – On a lower quality image (which is generated by will be used as the placeholder before the higher quality image is loaded. Test it yourself.
  • LQIP Quality – if the previous setting is enabled, this determines the lower quality image.
  • LQIP Minimum Dimensions – 150×150 pixels is fine. This is only for when LQIP cloud generator is turned on, and LQIP will only be used when images are larger than this size.
  • Generate LQIP In Background – On LiteSpeed says turning it off slows down page load.
  • Lazy Load Iframes – On lazy loading videos, maps, and other iframes improves speed.
  • Add Missing Sizes – On adds missing image dimensions to set explicit widths + heights.

Litespeed cache media settings


  • Viewport Images On – will detect images loading above the fold and automatically exclude them from lazy load for better LCP. Lazy load images must be on.
  • Viewport Images Cron On – they’re generated in the background via cron-based queue.

Litespeed cache vpi settings

Media Excludes

While the Viewport Images setting tries to exclude viewport images from lazy load for better LCP, you can manually exclude them to make sure. Since page builders load background images in CSS, they’re not lazy loaded by default, meaning you’ll need to use the data-no-lazy attribute.

  • Logo – add the image URL.
  • Sidebar images – add the image URL or class name.
  • Featured images – add the class name (i.e. class=”attachment-full size-full).
  • Background images – add the “data-no-lazy” attribute to background images.

Litespeed cache media excludes settings


  • Gravatar Cache – On great when you have lots of comments with Gravatars.
  • Gravatar Cache Cron – On you want it enabled if the previous setting is enabled.
  • Gravatar Cache TTL – the default setting of 604800 seconds (1 week) should be fine.
  • Localize Resources – On great feature to localize external JS files. Add them below.
  • Localization Files – open your third-party code report to see which JavaScript files are loading, then consider delaying them (Google Analytics, Tag Manager, reCAPTCHA, etc). I copied the list from LSC and added it below (see “popular scripts”). Instead of delaying Google Fonts, host them locally. Delaying ads can also affect revenue. See common issues.

Litespeed cache localization settings

### CDNs ###

### Popular Scripts ###

Most settings are if you want to exclude specific things from being optimized (CSS, JS, URLs, deferred JS, Guest Mode JS, and roles). You usually only need to do this if a specific setting breaks your site. For example, if you minify or combine CSS/JS and it breaks your site, find the problematic file (in your source code), then add them. Same concept for most other settings.


8. Database

In the Manage tab, you probably want to delete everything except post revisions and auto drafts, which are backups of posts that you may need in the future. You can also optimize tables.

DB Optimization Settings

  • Revisions Max Number – 10 gives you some backups while not adding too much bloat. I prefer to be more aggressive with 5, but it’s totally up to you how many revisions to keep.
  • Revisions Max Age – 0 makes sense to me (they will never be deleted). Sometimes I don’t update a post for a very long time, so automatically deleting the backups isn’t a good idea.

Litespeed cache db optimization settings


9. Crawler

This crawls your site for pages with expired cache and refreshes them. It consumes resources which is why it’s controlled at a server level and usually not allowed by most hosts, especially shared hosting (it’s usually only if you manage your own server). So, you usually don’t need to do anything. If you do manage your own server, you’ll want to enable the crawler and see WP Johnny’s instructions (in summary, he recommends enabling the crawler in the General settings, submitting your sitemap in Sitemap settings, then leaving all other settings as default).

Litespeed cache crawler settings


10. Toolbox

Most Toolbox settings are explanatory (purging, import/export, edit .htaccess, reports, debug, logs, beta test, etc). So I’ll just cover the heartbeat settings which control WordPress heartbeat.


  • Frontend Heartbeat Control – On control heartbeat in the frontend.
  • Frontend Heartbeat TTL – 0 you can usually disable it here, but test it.
  • Backend Heartbeat Control – On control heartbeat in the backend.
  • Backend Heartbeat TTL – 0 you can usually disable it here, but test it.
  • Editor Heartbeat – On controls heartbeat in the post editor.
  • Editor Heartbeat TTL – 120 you probably want things like autosaves, but increase it.

Litespeed cache heartbeat settings


11. Configure Perfmatters With LiteSpeed Cache

Perfmatters has a few optimizations not included with LiteSpeed Cache (bloat removal, script manager to reduce CSS/JS, and the preloading tab to preload fonts/images). Configure your LiteSpeed Cache settings normally, then disable everything in Perfmatters except the following:

General Settings – configure these normally, but don’t move your wp-login page or QUIC’s brute-force attack protection won’t protect it. Since LSC already limits Heartbeat, you don’t need to do this in Perfmatters, so you can leave it as “default.” Otherwise, many of these are optimizations related to WordPress core – something LiteSpeed Cache wouldn’t generally do.

Perfmatters settings with litespeed cache

Script Manager – disable plugins or CSS/JS files where they’re not used (reduces CSS/JS size). First, enable the script manager, then go to your script manager settings to enable test mode and display dependencies. Test mode lets you test the script manager without it breaking your site by only showing changes to logged in admins (just remember to disable this when you’re done to publish changes). Display dependencies shows you plugins using jQuery (try to avoid).

Jquery plugin dependencies 1

Next, view any page on your site and in the top menu, go to Perfmatters → Script Manager. Go through your list of plugins/CSS/JS files to see what doesn’t need to load on the page. You have several options on where to disable them. This is often done with page builder/WooCommerce plugins (which are notorious for loading everything). Two examples are disabling your contact form everywhere but the contact page or disabling social sharing plugins everywhere but posts:

Disable social sharing plugins perfmatters

Preloading – LSC can’t preload fonts/images, so you can use Perfmatters for this. You usually don’t need prefetch/preconnect since most third-party code will be hosted locally or delayed.

  • Fonts – copy your font files from a Waterfall chart and test preloading them. This only works when fonts are hosted locally and should only be done if they’re above the fold or are in CSS files. Preloading should reduce blocking time (brown bar in GTmetrix) and LCP.
  • Images – LSC excludes above the fold images from lazy load using the Viewport setting, but it doesn’t preload them. You can use Perfmatters to preload images (or use a plugin).
  • wp-block-library – if you use Gutenberg, try preloading wp-block-library. If you’re not using Gutenberg, consider disabling this file in your script manager to slightly reduce CSS.

I also recommend:

  1. Open your site in an incognito window.
  2. Open Chrome Dev Tools (Mac: Option + ⌘ + J, Windows: Shift + CTRL + J).
  3. Click the “Network” tab.
  4. Reload the page.
  5. View the file names (but don’t scroll down the page).
  6. These are part of your first load and are critical files to optimize, test preloading, etc.

Waterfall chart


12. Recommended LiteSpeed Hosts (And Bad Ones)

I recommend one of the LiteSpeed hosts below which IMO, are much better alternatives than the ones above. Several control panels also use LiteSpeed (RunCloud, CloudPages, GridPane).

FastComet is budget-friendly but doesn’t use NVMe and uses Memcached instead of Redis. NameHero is good for US sites with an NVMe-powered data center and Redis. ChemiCloud is similar to NameHero but has more NVMe data centers and can scale cores/RAM. Or Scala for US sites on shared/cloud hybrid with guaranteed resources. Scala doesn’t charge extra for a LiteSpeed license when you use their custom panel (sPanel) while NameHero charges $540/year on VPS plans and ChemiCloud’s charges $119.40/year on VPS plans. For a VPS, you’re probably better off at Scala/ChemiCloud.

FastComet FastCloud Extra NameHero Turbo WordPress ChemiCloud WordPress Turbo Scala Entry WP Cloud
Type Shared Shared Shared Hybrid
Cores/RAM 6 cores/6GB 3 cores/3GB 3 cores/3GB (scalable to 6/6) No limits
Storage type 35GB SATA Unlimited NVMe (US data center) 40GB NVMe (9/11 data centers) 50GB NVMe (US data center)
Database MySQL MariaDB MariaDB MariaDB
Object cache Memcached Redis Memcached Redis
Data centers 11 2 (US + EU) 11 3 (US + EU)
Server LiteSpeed LiteSpeed LiteSpeed LiteSpeed
Cache plugin LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache
CDN ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits) ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits) ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits) ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits)
Full page caching
Control panel cPanel cPanel cPanel sPanel
Email storage 2.048GB Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable
Inodes 500,000 500,000 500,000 Unlimited
Incidents 2022 DDoS attack on 3 data centers 2011 2-day node outage None None
Migrations 3 free 1 free 200 cPanel + 10 non-cPanel Unlimited free
Support B B B A
TrustPilot rating 4.9/5 4.6/5 4.9/5 4.9/5
Monthly price $5.49 (1-3 years) $9.98 (3 years) $5.99 (3 years) $14.95 (3 years)
Renewals $21.95/mo $19.95/mo $19.95/mo $24.95/mo
Litespeed apache cpu usage testNamehero vs siteground feedbackSiteground to namehero support feedbackDivi with nameheroChemicloud gtmetrix report
Scala hosting gtmetrix reportNamehero vs bluehost feedbackNamehero reviewSiteground to namehero scoresChemicloud vs sitegroundChemicloud pro feedbackChemicloud speed ui supportSiteground vs chemicloud comparison

The problem with most shared LiteSpeed hosts (like Hostinger, GreenGeeks, and WPX) is they use slower SATA SSDs and less resources like cores/RAM which results in forced upgrades from high usage. They have a history of poor downtimes/support, and aren’t reliable with incidents like WPX’s global outage, A2’s ransomware attack, and scam reports on Hostinger/GreenGeeks. WPX isn’t ideal for dynamic/international sites (they literally say they target a TTFB of <400ms) which has a lot to do with their limited data centers and no full page caching on the CDN (XDN). A2 Hosting’s LiteSpeed plans would be a decent option if they just had better uptimes/support.

Hostinger Business WordPress Plan GreenGeeks Pro Plan WPX Business Plan A2 Hosting Turbo Boost Plan
Type Shared Shared Shared Shared
Cores/RAM 2 cores/1.5GB 3 cores/2GB 1 core/1GB 3 cores/3GB
Storage “200GB” SATA Unlimited SATA 15GB SATA Unlimited NVMe
Database MariaDB MariaDB MariaDB MariaDB
Object cache Memcached Memcached x Redis
Data centers 8 4 3 4
Server LiteSpeed LiteSpeed LiteSpeed LiteSpeed
Cache plugin LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache W3 Total Cache LiteSpeed Cache
CDN locations 81 81 36 81
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  1. Dear Tom Dupuis,

    thank you for your great guide to LiteSpeed and

    I setted the CDN as you suggested, but I have a problem after just two days:
    “Used over 80% of your CDN bandwidth allotted
    Once you are over the limit, your site will bypass for the remainder of the month.”

    I have 200 credits, so not so bad, but I need more probably. Maybe I made a mistake and I can change setting.

    I am looking forward to hearing back from you,

    Giovan Giuseppe Ferrandino

    • Hi Giovan,

      See here where it says “because free quota refreshes on the 1st of every month, there is often a heavier-than-normal load on’s Online Services nodes at that time. In order to more fairly distribute the availability of Online Services, we may from time-to-time enable daily usage limits.” Since you just set it up, there may have been a heavier load than normal. That’s my guess.

  2. Hey Tom,

    thanks for this guide.
    I have question about installed Redis Object Cache plugin by and LiteSpeed Cache setting for Object cache. I suppose that Object Cache in LiteSpeed must be disable.
    Is this guide more general, or can I use it as it is for Rocket web hosting (with regard to their CDN etc.), please?

    Thank you for your work!

    • Hey Pavel, uses LiteSpeed for PHP processing, but they don’t use LiteSpeed servers (it’s a combination of Apache + Nginx). So if you’re using LiteSpeed Cache with them, you won’t be able to use LiteSpeed Cache’s “Exclusive Features” listed on the plugin page which yes, I assume is why the object cache setting would be disabled. I only recommend using LiteSpeed Cache if you’re on a LiteSpeed server, then FlyingPress in all other cases. Same setup I use… (with CF Enterprise) + FlyingPress, then if you need an asset unloading plugin, you can use Perfmatters or a free plugin like Asset CleanUp.

      Hope that clarifies everything but lmk if you have other questions.


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