Installation of OpenLiteSpeed with WordPress on Ubuntu Bionic Beaver

OpenLiteSpeed Overview

OpenLiteSpeed combines speed, security, scalability, optimization and simplicity in one friendly open-source package. The source code of the project is released under the GPLv3 license and available publicly on GitHub.

The application provides a web based administration interface, compatibility with Apache rewrite rules, as well as customised PHP processing for improved performance.


  • You have an account and are logged into
  • You have configured your SSH Key.
  • You have a virtual cloud instance running Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04)
  • You have sudo privileges or access to the root user.
  • You have a domain name configured and pointed to your instance.

Installing OpenLiteSpeed

1 . Start with downloading and installing the OpenLiteSpeed GPG key:

wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/lst_debian_repo.gpg
wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/lst_repo.gpg

2 . Add the OpenLiteSpeed repository to the APT packet manager:

echo "deb bionic main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openlitespeed.list

3 . Update the inventory of the apt packet manager:

apt update

4 . Install OpenLiteSpeed and PHP 7.3 via apt:

apt install openlitespeed lsphp73 lsphp73-mysql -y

5 . Configure PHP 7.3 with OpenLiteSpeed by creating a symlink to the PHP binary:

ln -sf /usr/local/lsws/lsphp73/bin/lsphp /usr/local/lsws/fcgi-bin/lsphp5

Setting up MariaDB

1 . Start by installing the MariaDB database server via apt:

apt install mariadb-server -y

2 . Run the setup utility to configure the MariaDB server and to set a password for the root user of it:


3 . Connect to MariaDB as root user with the password configured in the previous step:

mysql -u root -p

4 . The MariaDB shell displays:

Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 49
Server version: 10.1.40-MariaDB-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 Ubuntu 18.04

Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

MariaDB [(none)]>

5 . Create a SQL database for Wordpress and grant the required permissions to it:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO wordpress@localhost IDENTIFIED BY '<a_secure_password>';

6 . Leave the MariaDB shell:


Testing the OpenLiteSpeed Installation

1 . Start OpenLiteSpeed by running the following command:

/usr/local/lsws/bin/lswsctrl start

2 . A test site is running at http://instance_ip:8088. Open the test site in your browser. You can run differnt demo applications like a CGI-script, a check of the installed PHP version, password authentication, file upload and so on:

Accessing the OpenLiteSpeed Administration Interface

1 . Open the administration interface in your web browser at https://instance_ip:7080:

Login using the following credentials:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: 123456

Important: For security reasons, it is recommended to change the admin password by running the following script: /usr/local/lsws/admin/misc/

2 . The administration interface displays:

The status of OpenLiteSpeed is visible in the interface and you can configure additional settings.

Creating a Virtual Host in OpenLiteSpeed

1 . Enter the OpenLiteSpeed directory:

cd /usr/local/lsws

2 . Create an directory structure for the new virtual host. You can name it as you want. In this example it is called


4 . Open the OpenLiteSpeed configuration assistant in a web browser and click on Virtual Hosts to enter the virtual host configuration.

5 . The virtual host list displays. Click on + to create a new virtual host.

6 . Enter the details of the virtual host and click on the disk icon:

  • Virtual Host Name: An unique identifier for the virtual host, i.e. Wordpress
  • Virtual Host Root: The root directory of the virtual host, i.e. $SERVER_ROOT/
  • Config File: The path to the configuration file of the virtual host, i.e. $SERVER_ROOT/conf/vhosts/

7 . As the configuration file is not yet created, OpenLiteSpeed proposes to create a new one. Click on Click to create to let OpenLiteSpeed automatically generate a configuration file. Then Save the configuration by clicking on the disk icon:

8 . Go back to the virtual host configuration and click on the General-tab to configure the Document Root for the virtual host. Click on the disk icon to save the configuration once set:

9 . Click on the Rewrite tab in the virtual host configuration. Then activate the Enable Rewrite and Auto Load from .htaccess options and save the configuration:

Creating a Listener in OpenLiteSpeed

A listener defines the port on which the application launches. To make WordPress available on the standard HTTP port (Port 80), a new listener has to be configured in OpenLiteSpeed.

1 . Enter the Listeners section of the administration panel, then click on + to configure a new listener:

2 . Enter the details of the new listener:

  • Name: A name for the listener, i.e. Web
  • IP Address: Define an IP address to listen on, or select ANY to listen on all IP addresses configured on the instance.
  • Port: Set the port to listen on, i.e. 80 to listen on the standard HTTP port
  • Binding: Choose the OpenLiteSpeed child processes to bind the listener on. Leave the default value to bind the lister to all processes.
  • Secure: Select if a secured connection shall be used. A TLS/SSL certificate is required for a secure connection. Set the value to No to use plain HTTP.
  • Notes: This field can be used to add notes to a listener.

Once all values are set, save the configuration by clicking on the disk icon.

3 . Map the listener to a virtual host and set the domain name by clicking on + in the Virtual Host Mappings section:

4 . Choose the Virtual Host from the drop-down list (i.e. Wordpress) and enter the domain name to use for the virtual host. Once set, click on the disk icon to save the configuration:

5 . Launch a graceful restart of OpenLiteSpeed by clicking on the logo, then on the corresponding button:

Downloading and Installing WordPress

1 . Enter the web directory of the virtual host:

cd /usr/local/lsws/

2 . Download and unpack the latest WordPress release:

tar xvzf latest.tar.gz

3 . Set the ownership of the Wordpress folder and the files within it to the user nobody and the group nogroup. This is required so that OpenLiteSpeed can modify files within this folder:

chown -R nobody:nogroup wordpress

4 . Open a web browser and go to http://instance_ip/wordpress. The Wordpress installer displays. Choose the language for your blog and click on Continue:

5 . Wordpress displays some information about the tasks that will be performed by the automatic installer. Click on Let’s Go to move forward.

6 . Enter the information about the database to use. The database, as well as the login credentials have been created in an earlier step. Click on Submit to continue.

7 . Enter the details of your blog and click on Install Wordpress to launch the installation:

8 . Login to Wordpress to begin writing your blog:

You now have configured sucessfully a basic setup of OpenLiteSpeed and installed a Wordpress blog on it. For more information about OpenLiteSpeed, refer to the official documentation.

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