Apache vs Ngix vs Litespeed for SSL configuration

We recently added SSL to our site and we are learning there are more steps to this than we thought. I have read that if you use SSL its a good idea to use SPDY which Yoast.com strongly recommends. That would require either Litespeed or Ngix for server side configuration as Apache does not support this yet. Does anyone know which one is better if we are using W3 Cache plugin with either of those or had any experience with either type of those servers.

We are using Wiredtree which are great but I have learned that there are servers that cater to just wordpress sites which ours is and will stay. Those add the ngix sever with SPDY support.

Our Server said they can add litespeed for 15 more dollars but I have never used this one before. Is litespeed on par with the ngix set up?

Any suggestions. And thank you so much in advace

  • Adam Czajczyk

    Hey Jason,

    I hope you're having a great day!

    As for SPDY it's sure the good idea but it's by no means necessary, especially taking into account that according to Google (SPDY's inventor) support for SPDY would be deprecated and it's going to be completely withdrawn in 2016 (http://blog.chromium.org/2015/02/hello-http2-goodbye-spdy-http-is_9.html) from Chrome browser. I wouldn't bother with SPDY then, as it's almost certain that the rest of the market will follow the Google steps...

    As for hosting issue, I'm not familiar with Wiredtree's services, therefore won't advise you on that in any way. I can point you though to this article: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/web-hosting-review-so-just-who-is-the-best/. It's also good to ask some fellow developers/startupers for their experience.

    Now there's the Apache vs. Nginx vs. Lightspeed comparison issue. I have not much experience with Lightspeed but I can say only good things about Nginx. It's fast, reliable and flexible. A lot of our community members switched to Nginx. The only drawback in comparison to Apache is that it will require you to gather an extensive knowledge of how does it work and how to configure it (or employ someone who already knows the stuff). While Apache usually comes with all the necessary features and tools pre-configured, Nginx can be sometimes a pain to setup.

    That said, I'm not quite sure if I should give you any ultimate advice on this. I hope those few thoughts well be of help to you and if you have any further question, don't hesitate to ask.

    Have a nice day!

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