Is litespeed server completely free?

Somewhere I read that LiteSpeed Server is completely free and that it can be used freely for wordpress installations, in another place I read that it is free up to a certain amount of RAM and Cores and yesterday in a video they mentioned that LiteSpeed Server is a “proprietary” tool and that to use it you need to pay. I’m doing tests in DO and I would like to try the LiteSpeed installer from the marketplace or perhaps install it manually but I don’t know if I will have to pay later or not, the single website that I will be creating will be an Online Store that will grow over time and will need more resources. Any help please?

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The one you saw on DigitalOcean Marketplace is OpenLiteSpeed, it’s a free version for everyone to use, no domain limit, no resource limit. So you don’t need to pay any for the software.

And LiteSpeed Web Server Enterprise version will need a license, which starts from $0/month with some limits (e.g. certain amount of RAM).

I hope it’s clear now.

Best, Eric

there is total 4 things you need to know

  1. LiteSpeed , depends on context, can be referred as “LiteSpeed Cache plugin” , or “LiteSpeed WebServer” or “OpenLiteSpeed”

  2. in above concepts , OpenLiteSpeed is total free and open sourced

  3. while LiteSpeed WebServer (refers as Enterprise edition) has license tier, there is a free license for server less than 2GB RAM

  4. LiteSpeed Cache plugin itself is free and open sourced , however it requires LSWS or OLS to work on caching , and page optimization (like css combine , js minify …etc) can also be working on non-LS server.