How to Purchase a LiteSpeed Web Server License


This document describes advanced procedures for how to install and manage the LiteSpeed Web Server on your cPanel & WHM server.

Before you execute the steps in this document, we strongly suggest that you understand the following information:

  • These documents do not account for any additional changes or customizations to your server.
  • We only tested the instructions in these documents on default installations of CentOS and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®.

If you need help with any of these processes, open a cPanel Technical Support ticket.

LiteSpeed Web Server

LiteSpeed Web Server is a drop-in replacement for Apache servers. LiteSpeed reads Apache configuration files directly and is compatible with the Apache .htaccess and mod_security rules. You can purchase a LiteSpeed Web Server license from the cPanel Store within WHM’s EasyApache 4 interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> EasyApache 4).

  • This document is for cPanel & WHM 78 and later. To install LiteSpeed Web Server in cPanel & WHM version 76 and earlier, follow the directions in LiteSpeed’s Auto-installer documentation.

  • When you purchase LiteSpeed Web Server through the WHM interface, the following actions occur:

    • You receive a LiteSpeed Web Server license.

    • The system installs your new LiteSpeed Web Server and configures itself to use the LiteSpeed Web Server.

    • The system switches from the Apache Web Server to LiteSpeed Web Server.

    • LiteSpeed Web Server replaces Apache on ports 80 and 443, which replaces Apache in your system.

  • To switch between LiteSpeed Web Server and Apache, use the LiteSpeed Web Server plugin (WHM >> Home >> Plugins >> LiteSpeed Plugin). For more information, read LiteSpeed’s cPanel plugin documentation.

  • LiteSpeed Web Server uses the lsphp binary. LiteSpeed Web Server does not use the system’s PHP-FPM implementation in WHM’s MultiPHP Manager interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> MultiPHP Manager).
  • Hosting providers can disable the LiteSpeed Web Server banner for their licensed servers from Manage2’s Update Company Information interface (Manage2 >> Company >> Update Company Information).

Purchase license

To purchase a LiteSpeed Web Server license and install LiteSpeed Web Server on your cPanel & WHM server, perform the following steps:

Initiate the license purchase process

On the server for which you wish to purchase a LiteSpeed Web Server license, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to WHM as the root user or as a reseller account with root-level privileges.

  2. Navigate to WHM’s EasyApache 4 interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> EasyApache 4). The LiteSpeed Web Server banner will appear at the top of the interface.

  3. The interface will display a license offer appropriate for your server’s hardware:

    • LiteSpeed Web Server - VPS License — For VPS (Virtual Private Server) servers that contain less than 8GB of RAM.

    • LiteSpeed Web Server - Dedicated License — For dedicated servers and VPS servers that contain more than 8GB of RAM.

  4. Click the license offer. A new interface will appear.


If the LiteSpeed Web Server banner does not appear in the EasyApache 4 interface, one of the following conditions exists on your server:

  • You already own a LiteSpeed Web Server license in the cPanel Store.

  • Your server already has LiteSpeed Web Server installed.

  • Your hosting provider disabled LiteSpeed Web Server purchases.

Log in to the cPanel Store

If you have already logged in to your cPanel Store account, the system will request access to this account. Verify that the interface displays the correct cPanel Store username and server name, and then click Allow Access. A new interface will appear.


To log in as a different cPanel Store account, click Sign In as a Different User and perform the necessary steps to log in to the desired cPanel Store account.

Verify and complete your purchase

When you purchase a LiteSpeed Web Server license through the WHM interface, you must choose between a VPS or Dedicated license type. Currently, you can only purchase monthly licenses through the WHM interface. The system will automatically detect the IPv4 address to license. Verify your license order, accept the legal agreements, enter or select the desired payment information, and then click Pay Now.

  • After the cPanel Store successfully processes your order, a confirmation message will appear, and you will receive an invoice email from the cPanel Store.
  • If the cPanel Store experiences problems with your order, an error message will appear. Also, you may receive emails from cPanel Customer Service to help you resolve the issue.


After you complete the purchase, your server will automatically download and install LiteSpeed Web Server. The LiteSpeed Web Server Installation interface will appear. This interface shows the installation’s progress.

The interface also displays an administrator username and password. You must record this username and password. The LiteSpeed Web Console in the LiteSpeed Plugin interface requires the username and password to log in.

When the installation completes, click Continue to LiteSpeed Plugin to access the LiteSpeed Plugin interface in WHM (WHM >> Home >> Plugins >> LiteSpeed Plugin).

After you successfully purchase a license, the LiteSpeed Web Server banner will no longer appear in WHM’s EasyApache 4 interface (WHM >> Home >> Software >> EasyApache 4).

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