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LiteSpeed Cache for CS-Cart

Warning

This add-on is no longer under active development and is not supported. It has been tested with CS-Cart v4.11.2, and should work on both older and newer versions, but if you have difficulty getting it to work with your setup, we recommend you uninstall the plugin and follow the directions for using LSCache without a plugin.

What is LSCache?

LiteSpeed Cache (also called LSCache) is LiteSpeed's more efficient and highly customizable answer to Apache mod_cache and Varnish.

LSCache is built from the ground up and integrated into all LiteSpeed server products. It can:

  • dramatically speed up dynamic website content (like PHP pages)
  • provide more efficient handling of static content (like images)
  • reduce server load

Understanding Caching

If you are new to website caching, allow us to demystify a few basic concepts.

What is Caching?

Generally speaking, a cache is a mechanism for storing data in such a way that it is easier or faster to retrieve than the original source.

Web application sites consist of dynamic pages that are built with PHP or some other method. The pages of these sites don’t exist anywhere in the file system; they are constructed on-demand by the web app, and then served to the visitor as HTML. Generating these dynamic pages can be resource-intensive and slow.

There are actually several types of caches. LSCache is a "page cache." A page cache's job is to take this dynamically generated web page, and store it as a static HTML snapshot. That way, the next time the page is requested by a visitor, the snapshot can be served immediately. Serving a snapshot is much faster and uses far fewer resources than generating the page dynamically does.

How does LSCache Work?

Imagine you have an uncached page.

A visitor requests that page, and a few things happen:

  • LiteSpeed looks for the page among its stored cache objects and does not find it
  • LiteSpeed returns a "cache miss"
  • The web app dynamically generates a static HTML page while the visitor waits
  • LiteSpeed serves the static HTML page to the visitor
  • LiteSpeed stores the static HTML page as a cache object for later use

A few minutes later, another visitor requests that same page. Here's what happens:

  • LiteSpeed looks for the page among its stored cache objects and finds it
  • LiteSpeed returns a "cache hit"
  • LiteSpeed immediately serves the static HTML page to the visitor

Notice how the inefficient web app is not in the picture at all once the page has been cached? From this point on, until the cache object expires, any visitors who request that page will not have to wait around for the web app.

You can see why caching is good for your visitors, and good for your server load!

Server-Level Prerequisites

Obtain a LiteSpeed Web Server

You will either need LiteSpeed-powered hosting, or one of the following LiteSpeed server products in order to use LSCache:

Note

This add-on requires the use of ESI. OpenLiteSpeed does not support ESI at this time.

Configure the Server

LSCache must be set up at the server level before it can be made available to any sites on the server.

Tip

If you are a site owner and you don't have access to your server's admin functions, chances are your hosting provider has already done this setup for you, or can help you to complete it.

See Configure Cache Root and Cache Policy for instructions.

Install, Configure and Use the Plugin

Once you've set up your web server and configured the cache root and cache policies, you're ready to install the plugin. The plugin will allow you to configure and manage your LiteSpeed server's cache simply and easily, through your site's own familiar admin interface.

Start with Installation and follow the documentation menu to configure and use the plugin.

Additional Support

If you've read the documentation and still have questions, more help is available here:

Feedback

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Last update: March 12, 2022