This post shows students and new users the steps to install Drupal CMS on Ubuntu Linux with OpenLiteSpeed ​​web server. When webmasters think of hosting a Drupal website, most will choose between Apache and Nginx web servers.

Few people have heard of OpenLiteSpeed, not because it’s bad, but because it’s not widely used and not popular yet. There are many good things that have been written about OpenLiteSpeed, and if you want to try it yourself, continue below.

OpenLiteSpeed ​​is an open source web server developed by LiteSpeed ​​Technology. It is designed to be lightweight and comes with an administration panel to easily manage the server from your favorite web browsers.

If you want to run your Drupal website on OpenLiteSpeed ​​instead of Apache or Nginx, continue below to learn how to install and run Drupal.

How to install OpenLiteSpeed ​​on Ubuntu Linux

We have written a post about installing OpenLiteSpeed ​​on Ubuntu Linux. Before installing Drupal, click the link below to install OpenLiteSpeed.

This post below shows you how to install OpenLiteSpeed, the latest version of PHP, and the MariaDB database server. Those three components are required to run Drupal.

How to install OpenLiteSpeed ​​on Ubuntu Linux

After installing OpenLiteSpeed, continue below.

How to download Drupal on Ubuntu Linux for OpenLiteSpeed

Now that OpenLiteSpeed ​​is installed, go ahead and download the package to install it. Run the following commands to download the latest version of Drupal.

cd /tmp
tar -zxvf tar.gz

After extracting the Drupal file, move the Drupal content to the default OpenLiteSpeed ​​VirtualHost directory.

sudo mv /tmp/drupal-* /usr/local/lsws/Example/drupal

Then run the following commands to change the permissions on the Drupal folder to run on OpenLiteSpeed.

sudo chown -R nobody:nogroup /usr/local/lsws/Example/drupal/
sudo chmod -R 755 /usr/local/lsws/Example/drupal/

How to create a Drupal database in Ubuntu

At this point, we are ready to create a Drupal database. As mentioned above, Drupal uses databases to store its content.

To create a database for Drupal, run the following commands:

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called wpdb


Next, create a database user named wpdbuser and set password

CREATE USER 'wpdbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON wpdb.* TO 'wpdbuser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


How to configure OpenLiteSpeed ​​to be compatible with Drupal

Next, log into the OpenLiteSpeed ​​admin panel to configure the Drupal settings.


Login with the administrator login details above.

After logging in, go to Virtual hosts ==> General tab and edit the Document root location section.

Then edit the Document root to point to the Drupal folder created earlier.

In the same General tab, edit the Index files section and replace index.html with index.php shown below.

Then go to Virtual hosts ==> Rweire Rules, Edit Rewrite control, then choose Yes to enable rewriting.

Save your change.

Next, below Virtual hosts ==> Rewrite, edit the Rewrite rules. Copy and paste below lines into ruler box, save.

ReWriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico
RewriteRule ^/ index.php [L]
<IfModule LiteSpeed>
CacheLookup on
After making all the above changes, reload OpenLiteSpeed.

Finally, open your web browser and search for the server’s hostname or IP address.


A Drupal setup wizard should appear. Follow the wizard to complete the setup.

Select the installation language and then click Save and continue.

On the next screen, choose the standard installation option to include commonly used features that are preconfigured.

These are the most popular options for most websites running Drupal CMS.

Then enter your database connection information and click Save and continue.

After that, enter the site information, including site name, site administrator email address, username and password, and continue.

When you’re done, Drupal should be installed and ready to go. Log in as an administrator and start setting up your site.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to install Drupal on Ubuntu Linux with the OpenLiteSpeed ​​web server. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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