What web server should I use for Magento?

What Web Server Should I Use for Magento?

Choosing the right web server for Magento is crucial for ensuring optimal performance, security, and scalability. The two most commonly used web servers for Magento are Apache and Nginx. Each has its own advantages and is suitable for different use cases. Additionally, for cPanel users, LiteSpeed with LiteMage is a powerful option.


  • Ease of Use: Apache is known for its ease of configuration and widespread documentation, making it accessible for beginners.
  • .htaccess Support: Supports .htaccess files, allowing directory-level configuration and easy URL rewrites.
  • Compatibility: Widely supported by hosting providers and has excellent compatibility with PHP and MySQL.
Configuration Example:
<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/magento
    ServerName yourdomain.com

    <Directory /var/www/html/magento/>
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


  • Performance: Known for its high performance and ability to handle a large number of simultaneous connections efficiently, making it ideal for high-traffic sites.
  • Resource Efficiency: Consumes less memory and CPU compared to Apache, making it more efficient in resource usage.
  • Static Content Handling: Excellent at serving static content (e.g., images, CSS, JavaScript) quickly, which is beneficial for Magento stores with rich media content.
  • Reverse Proxy: Can be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, and mail proxy server.
Configuration Example:
server {
    listen 80;
    server_name yourdomain.com;
    set $MAGE_ROOT /var/www/html/magento;
    include $MAGE_ROOT/nginx.conf.sample;

LiteSpeed with LiteMage (for cPanel Users)

  • High Performance: LiteSpeed is known for its performance and ability to handle thousands of concurrent connections with minimal resource usage.
  • LiteMage Cache: LiteMage Cache is a powerful full-page caching solution designed specifically for Magento, providing significant speed improvements.
  • Compatibility with cPanel: Easy to install and manage using cPanel, making it accessible for users with varying levels of technical expertise.
  • Security Features: Built-in anti-DDoS features and superior PHP performance.

Installation Steps for LiteSpeed with LiteMage on cPanel

Step 1: Purchase a LiteSpeed License

Purchase a LiteSpeed license suitable for your server from the LiteSpeed store.

Step 2: Install LiteSpeed Web Server
  • Log in to your cPanel server via SSH as the root user.
  • Download and run the LiteSpeed Web Server installer:
  • cd /root
    wget https://www.litespeedtech.com/packages/cpanel/lsws_whm_autoinstaller.sh
    sh lsws_whm_autoinstaller.sh
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Step 3: Configure LiteSpeed in WHM
  • Log in to WHM.
  • Navigate to Plugins > LiteSpeed Web Server.
  • Set LiteSpeed as the default web server and configure basic settings.
Step 4: Install LiteMage Cache Extension in Magento
  • Log in to your Magento Admin Panel.
  • Navigate to System > Web Setup Wizard > Component Manager.
  • Search for LiteMage Cache and install it.
Step 5: Configure LiteMage Cache
  • In the Magento Admin Panel, go to Stores > Configuration > Advanced > System.
  • Under Full Page Cache, set Caching Application to LiteMage Cache.
  • Save the configuration and clear the Magento cache.


Both Apache and Nginx are excellent choices for running a Magento store, and the decision ultimately depends on your specific needs and technical expertise. Apache offers ease of use and compatibility, while Nginx provides superior performance and efficiency. For cPanel users, LiteSpeed with LiteMage offers an excellent balance of performance, ease of use, and powerful caching capabilities. Evaluate your requirements and choose the web server that best aligns with your business goals and technical capabilities.