LiteSpeed Cache vs WP Rocket: Feature Comparison
Caching plugins like LiteSpeed and WP Rocket work by generating static HTML files of your WordPress pages and saving them to your server. This avoids heavy processing and database queries every time someone visits your site.
The general features included with both plugins:
- Full page caching – Saves full static pages to serve faster repeat visits
- Minification – Reduces HTML, CSS, and JS file sizes
- CDN support – Offloads static files to a content delivery network
- Browser caching – Tells browsers to store files locally and reuse them
Now let’s see how LiteSpeed and WP Rocket differ across those core caching features:
LiteSpeed vs. WP Rocket: Which Should You Use?
Now that we’ve compared the key features and tradeoffs, which plugin is better for your site? Here are a few quick recommendations based on different use cases:
Use LiteSpeed Cache if you:
- Want free, open-source caching
- Need to cache pages for logged-in users
- Have compatibility issues with other plugins and some page builders.
- Prefer low-level .htaccess control.
- Want server-side caching with Gzip and Brotli.
Use WP Rocket if you:
- Want the most straightforward setup process.
- Are a beginner in website optimization.
- Don’t need logged-in caching.
There’s no universally “better” choice between LiteSpeed and WP Rocket. Evaluate them based on your site’s specific needs. With all of the nuances of the different caching techniques and different environments, but most of all, if you do end up using cost as a factor, it is really difficult to simply do a comparison speed test.
With WP Rocket offering a free trial, and if your web host is on a LiteSpeed Web Server (to be able to get all of the features) you can easily compare them yourself. Give each a test run and see which one feels like the smoother fit.
LiteSpeed Cache FAQ
WP Rocket FAQ
As a disclaimer, I will say I have all of my websites hosted on a LiteSpeed web server, and so use the LSCache plugin and tend to favor that. Even though I do have WP Rocket as an affiliate. I will, however, say that if my web server was not LiteSpeed, I would definitely use WP Rocket
I created a plugin that helps by becoming one of your troubleshooting steps in LiteSpeed. With one click you can see your web page before the optimization so you can compare with the optimized version and see if the rendering issue you may have is related to LiteSpeed or something else. Feel free to leave me any feedback and a rating in the Google Web Store.