5 Best Hosting For LiteSpeed

In the world of web servers, Apache is like the One Ring. One Ring to find them. One Ring to bring them. One Ring to rule them all.

That’s Lord of the Rings analogy, if you are still scratching your head.

Indeed, Apache is THE king of web servers market, with slightly over 54% market share. Even its close second in market share, Microsoft IIS server, is only 17.22%. That’s not a lot. And that also shows the ultimate domination of Apache.

Why? Because Apache is easy to use, open source and free, and it is rock solid. It is powering serious numbers (in hundreds of millions) of websites as well as super large scale sites. And it is available on every *nix OS too.

But Apache isn’t the only web server. We have pretty much already established that. There are a few other alternatives on *nix platform, both open source and commercial-wares. nginx is one of the popular open source web server, with 14% marketshare. But for most people who are used to Apache, LiteSpeed is probably the best since it is entirely interchangeable with Apache.

What do we mean by interchangeable? Basically, every configurations, web apps and whatnot that work with Apache will work with LiteSpeed, no addition configurations necessary. Every .htaccess files, every PHP configs and all, they will work. Out of the box. Simple as that.

Not only that, LiteSpeed is fast. Really fast. It can be about 3 to 6 times faster than Apache in delivering static pages, and about 50% faster to process PHP pages. Best part of it all? Standard edition is available for free. For serious web hosts though, Enterprise Edition is the way to go.

But even if you want to take advantage of LiteSpeed’s amazing speed advantage, you will be hard pressed to find a good web hosting company that uses LiteSpeed. So in order to help you, we have compiled 5 best hosting companies using LiteSpeed as web server.

Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price

1

crocweb_logo $2.95/mo Visit Site

2

hawkhost_logo $3.29/mo Visit Site

3

wirenine-logo $3.96/mo Visit Site

4

MDD-Hosting-logo $6.38/mo Visit Site

5

edgehosting-uk-logo £7/mo Visit Site

Winner – CrocWeb – From $2.95/month

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When you look at CrocWeb, it might remind you of HostGator. The logo, the blue-dominant color scheme, and wait a minute. Gator and Croc are basically the same! But if you are worried if they are same company, then fear not. We can guarantee that they are not the same. While HostGator is a gigantic hosting company that some loves and some hates, CrocWeb is a Canadian hosting company which is a home for 50,000 websites as of now. And CrocWeb is one of the rare companies using SSD for storage and LiteSpeed for web server. So why not Apache? Basically, LiteSpeed is a lot faster and also compatible with anything that will work on Apache.

The shared hosting services offered by CrocWeb looks quit promising. You can either opt for monthly, annual, biannual or tri-annual billing cycle. 10GB disk space and 100GB bandwidth is offered for only $2.95 a month when you sign up for three year plan. The “Baby Croc” plan offers 20GB of disk space an 200Gb of bandwidth and it costs only $4.95 per month. The “Adult Croc” plan will give you 50GB disk space and 500GB of data transfer limit and it is priced at only $6.95 per month when you sign up for three year plan.

They also offer 60 days money back guarantee so if you are not happy with their services, your paid fee will be refunded. 99.9% uptime is offered by CrocWeb which has become a tradition in shared hosting industry but 99.99% is still a better figure. Basically, 99.9% means that there will be 10.1 minutes potential downtime a week. Not too bad but then 99.99% reduces it down to just 1.01 minutes a week. Still, there aren’t major complaints about downtime so we guess CrocWeb is doing a good job.

Visit CrocWeb


2. HawkHost – From $3.29/month

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Okay, something is really up with some of these LiteSpeed hosting companies. They really seems to like magnificent animals like crocodiles and hawks. Heck, they even share the mascots in similar fashion! The funny name similarities aside, HawkHost is a reliable American-based web hosting company that uses LiteSpeed instead of Apache for its shared hosting and reseller hosting plans. Founded since 2004, the company offers 30 days money back guarantee and 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is decent and quite standard. Another unique thing about HawkHost is that they use CloudLinux OS, which allows fair system resource distribution and prevent single websites from taking up way too much resources. The combination of CloudLinux OS + LiteSpeed result in pretty good performance and speed, which we are now starting to love.

They specialize in shared hosting plans and offer different pricing packages for the ease of their customers. The cheapest shared hosting plans will cost only $3.29 per month and it offers 3000MB of disk space and 45GB of data transfer limit. You can also get 12000MB disk space and 180GB bandwidth by paying only $8.29 a month. The high-end plan by HawkHost will cost you just $10.79 per month and it comes with 24000MB data storage and 360GB of data transfer limit. The common features of these plans include unlimited email accounts, unlimited MySQL data bases, cPanel control panel, Free Site builder and 24/7 awesome customer support.

Visit HawkHost


3. WireNine – From $3.96/month

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With average support response time under an hour, WireNine is probably the cheapest shared hosting company to test LiteSpeed if you are not so sure about switching from Apache yet. Right now, they are having a promotion that will let you try out their services for 3 months for just $1. Yes, not even $1 a month. It is $1 for first three months. Established since 2004, WireNine is a small hosting company compared to others in this list. With only 24,000 websites on their servers, we can be ensured that we will get better attention from customer support team.

With 99.9% of uptime, cPanel control panel and one-click installation scripts WireNine is offering really impressive shared hosting plans. The starter plans starts from only $3.96 a month and it offers unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, one hosted domain, Shared SSL certificate and one free domain name. You can opt for business plan if you need more service features as it costs only $9.56 per month and offers unlimited disk space, bandwidth, domain hosting, free private SSL certificate and dedicated IP address along with one free domain name.

The pricing and services features are all good and promising but the uptime of 99.9% is fairly standard. Usually, we advise people to look for hosting companies with 99.95% or 99.99% uptime guarantee. Still, 99.9% means just 10.1 minutes potential downtime a week. Pretty insignificant for small websites.

Visit Rose Hosting


4. MDD Hosting – From $6.38/month

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MDD Hosting is the web hosting company that got us in touch with the awesomeness of LiteSpeed. And as such, we will forever remember them for being our first taste of LiteSpeed. And it has ranked decently on other lists too. But here, we just can’t rank them higher even though we wish we could. Why? For a simple reason: price. You see, when we rank hosting companies for each list, we have to consider price, performance, customer support, features available and reliability as factors. MDD Hosting rocks in other areas, but when it comes to pricing, it turns to be second most expensive in this list. Still, we can’t deny that they kick ass. The company has been around since 2007, and mainly focuses on delivering high performance and affordable shared hosting services, but they also have VPS and dedicated servers too.

Pricing for shared hosting plans range from $6.38 per month to $13.18 a month. The basic plan gives you 5GB storage and 250GB data transfer. No unlimited stuffs but good enough for portfolio sites. If you need more space and bandwidth, then you can easily upgrade. The highest-tier plan will give you 15GB storage and 750GB data transfer. What you get for all plans are more than sufficient enough for for any kind of web hosting, except file hosting like illegal pirated copies of movies or software. But we are sure you don’t want that.

One thing we can say for sure is that they are not overselling their resources. The resources they offer for each hosting plan is an indicator. This also indicates that each server is not saturated with too many accounts, so you will get better performance.

Visit StableHost


5. EdgeHosting – From £7/month

edgehosting-uk-logo

EdgeHosting is a UK based web hosting company that not only offers shared hosting but reseller and VPS hosting solutions as well. As they are based in UK, people from Europe and UK will totally love the speed they get from EdgeHosting. But according to our tests from Asia and US connections, the speed is quite fast for people outside of UK too. However, being a UK hosting also means that their pricing plans are in GBP, not USD. And that’s also main reason why EdgeHosting is ranked at the last here. But we have to clarify that we think all of these 5 hosting companies are amazing and reliable. So don’t let the ranking fool ya!

Three different shared hosting plans are offered by the company. The first plan is called EdgePlus and it costs only £7 a month. The plan features include 750MB disk space, 15GB bandwidth, 1 website and 2 MySQL databases. EdgePro plan costs around £10 per month and it offers 1.5GB disk space, 30GB bandwidth, 2 Websites and 4 MySQL databases. The last shared hosting plan is called EdgePremium and it comes for £15 per month. The plan offers 3GB disk space, 50GB bandwidth, 5 websites and 10 MySQL databases. The common features of all the shared hosting plans are unlimited email account, unlimited FTP accounts and Spam protection.

They offer cPanel control panel to their users which makes it a lot easier to manage your hosting account. With the help of Installatron, you can install WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many other third party applications with just one click of mouse. Oh and a surprising welcome is that they offer 99.99% uptime guarantee. And we are told that they are aiming for 100% time. Certainly welcome move! 99.99% uptime is guaranteed by EdgeHosting and now they are aiming for 100% uptime. As per their website, they will offer you a credit as an apology in case of extra downtime experience for any reason.

Visit EdgeHosting


Conclusion

LiteSpeed is really fast. We don’t know how it is when compared to nginx (which we will be doing a benchmark comparison soon), but we are certain that it is a lot faster than Apache. So you can take advantage of this by hosting larger websites even on shared hosting environment, although it is always best to get a VPS or dedicated server. If you want to look for alternatives, or want to check out other hosting companies running on Apache or nginx, then use hosting services comparison tool to find them and evaluate them yourself.


Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price

1

crocweb_logo $2.95/mo Visit Site

2

hawkhost_logo $3.29/mo Visit Site

3

wirenine-logo $3.96/mo Visit Site

4

MDD-Hosting-logo $6.38/mo Visit Site

5

edgehosting-uk-logo £7/mo Visit Site

 


Published on: July 26,2013.
Find him on Google+. Pete runs Best Hosting and wants to get detailed information to the readers. He is dedicated to being the best and providing the highest quality at anything he does.

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