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LiteSpeed Technologies

The following (verified) people have been significantly associated with this entity, either as a participant, contributor, promoter, or beneficiary, according to our OSINT research:

  • Usman Nasir (Programmer, Web Developer)
  • Colin McDermott (Consultant, SEO, Shill)
  • Syed Saadullah Shah (Blogger)
  • Lucas Rolff (Blogger, Web Developer)
  • Ronald Caldwell (Blogger)
  • Valentina Bistriceanu (Blogger, Fraudster, Sysadmin)
  • David Forbush (Blogger, Web Developer)
  • Stevo Novkovski (Entrepreneur, Web Developer)
  • Bob Perper (Marketer, Web Developer)
  • Gijo Varghese (Marketer, Web Developer)
  • Lauren Song (Executive)
  • Brad DeVaney (Designer, Web Developer)
  • George Wang (Entrepreneur, Executive, Programmer)
  • Johnny Nguyen (Blogger, Fraudster, Grifter)
  • Reviews:

    Usman is incredibly talented as a developer. He's also the "link" between Litespeed Technologies, CyberPanel, and his new server CloudPages, and he is now a core part of the marketing effort for Litespeed. Unfortunately he has decided to help in their propaganda efforts, like this: ... where he compared the speed of an optimized CyberPanel / OLS server with caching enabled, with a Nginx / VestaCP server with no caching enabled, just to make Nginx look horrible. This is a recurring theme with the Litespeed team -- publishing blatantly dishonest blog posts and forum posts everywhere with benchmarks showing Openlitespeed being literally 96x faster than Nginx, under the (fake) guise of being fair comparisions. Read More

    Colin banned from from /r/bigseo for talking about things like HSTS and security headers and full page caching, which he claimed had nothing to do with SEO ("On what planet is this suitable for an SEO forum?? ... Do you know what SEO what is? :-)"). Either he is a total wannabe guru (possible) or he just didn't like me talking about Nginx. Why? Well it looks like Colin is another "Litespeed/cPanel" guru who sells shared Litespeed hosting plans, so of course he doesn't want anyone to learn that you can setup your own $5 server using Nginx and it will be faster/more secure No wonder Search Candy's performance sucks: He doesn't even protect his site from DDOS attacks... xmlrpc is wide open ...another loser pretending to be an SEO guru on Reddit, and banning people who ask questions Update: apparently banning me from his subreddit was not enough, now Conor is slandering my open source script on Product Hunt because it's a direct competitor with Litespeed... this is what these Litespeed guys do, every time. Update #2: the whiny little douche that he is, Colin complained to Reddit admins about me exposing his censorship on this page and they suspended my account despite no relation to Reddit whatsoever... this is how corrupt these little douchebag Reddit moderators are Update #3: Colin is now reporting this web page to Google Headquarters to try and remove it from search results! Lol unbelievable, yet another total hypocrite who thinks he can ban and trash-talk anyone he wants, but blows a fuse when someone else does it to him Update #4: Colin is now slandering me on IndieHackers and Reddit (yes, after he banned me and I can't respond)... all this because he censored me and doesn't want the world to know. Update $5: thank you Product Hunt for banning Colin from the SlickStack page. Update #6: Colin is now abusing his position as a Reddit moderator by creating the /r/SlickStack subreddit and violating my copyright, and then spamming the subreddit with harassing posts about me: ... this is the perfect example of everything that is wrong with Reddit! Update #7: now months later (Jan 2022) Colin is still going around Reddit posting harassing comments about me on random pages... he's been banned from several subreddits already Read More

    Why is Syed posting poorly written propaganda for Litespeed Technologies? Does Litespeed pay bloggers to write this stuff or what? There are dozens of examples just like this with web designers who don't understand web servers "passionately" endorsing Litespeed, but they can't provide any technical reasons besides sharing the fake benchmarks that Litespeed published on their homepage. Read More

    You know that LiquidWeb is going downhill when their marketing guys like Ronald begin shilling for Litespeed servers, claiming that is "10x faster than Nginx" on their company blog... jesus, really? I remember when LW was like the most cutting edge web host around, like 15 years ago... they could have been a market leading cloud company or anything really, but instead just stayed in Michigan and never updated their approach and are just another cPanel shared hosting company these days. The benchmarks shared by Ronald are fake, they were published by Litespeed company and disabled caching in Nginx to make sure that Litespeed was the winner in the benchmark... pathetic Read More

    Why does Valentina try so hard to hide her name and ownership of the ChemiCloud web hosting company, based in Romania? Yet another shady ass hosting provider that is a "partner" with Litespeed Technologies, and ranks some very high ranking blog posts claiming that Litespeed is faster than open source software like Nginx (complete bullshit) and running an anonymous web hosting company. Edit: She is using the fake alias "Michael Thomas" as the owner of CCHosting now, and even on their cPanel expertise certificates: They claim blatant propaganda like that Nginx is only good for "Ruby" software, and that it has no server-level caching... they also publish blatantly dishonest benchmarks where they disabled FastCGI caching in Nginx but enabled LS Cache in Litespeed to make it seem 2x faster than Nginx Read More

    Gijo upvoted SlickStack on Product Hunt, followed me, loved my free script... I joined his Facebook group in return called WP Speed Matters and out of the blue, he found out that I criticized Rank Math SEO for embedding spyware (and sending me death threats) and he banned me from his group (mmm okay?) and told everyone in the group I was "racist" after hearing this from Johnny Nguyen (WPJohnny) who keeps repeating this because he is jealous of my Nginx skills or something... You can't make this shit up. The Rank Math SEO / Litespeed cult is real, and scary. We are at the point where sensitive egos and RACISSSMMM has invaded open source software! god help us Read More

    Johnny is a typical shill for a few Wordpress related brands like Rank Math SEO, Litespeed, and Swift Performance who doesn't actually know anything about computer programming or code development, so he just exchanges affiliate links and quid-pro-quo "endorsements" with other like-minded scammers. He didn't like that my company released 50+ free WordPress plugins (and the SlickStack script) for Nginx servers because Litespeed apparently performs worse than Nginx... so he started trolling my posts on Facebook groups saying I'm racist for having exposed all the fraud and spyware (and even a death threat) that Rank Math SEO was engaged in. More here: Wow: Just when you thought whiny virtue-signaling might stay out of the open source community, shills like Johnny showed up. It's really sad that your parents survive the Vietnam War and come to America, and then you decide to slander everyone as "racist" that is not helping you gain more affiliate link clicks. Thankfully 99% of Vietnamese refugees don't act like this! Update: Johnny is now leaving anon comments on his own blog claiming that I'm a "neo Nazi" among other smears. He doesn't even have the balls to trash talk a competitor using his real name... just straight to fraud, every time... the funniest part about his blog is that nearly every argument he posts he has previously taken a different or conflicting position on the subject in years past... he's like the Kamala Harris of WordPress Update Aug 2022: Johnny is now partnering with Mark Sea, the crypto scammer from China that I exclusively exposed, to post dozens of comments on WPJohnny and promote trademark infringing websites like and (thankfully, the web hosts shut them down after I alerted them). Johnny has lost already a dozen "positive" reviews on various blogs after my aggressive exposure of his fraudulent marketing, fraudulent "VPS hosting", and calling anyone "racist" who criticizes his Litespeed / Rank Math SEO shill gang... but he's too stupid to stop. ...after years of fraudulent reviews and spam, the WordPress community now sees thru the Litespeed / Rank Math scams, and Nginx and open source software are seeing a big resurgence in popularity (thankfully). Johnny is also now impersonating me in his blog comments, using email addresses... I asked him to stop, but he refused. Update May 2023: Johnny is now trying to stealth change his branding to "BlaqPanel" after "JohnnyVPS" got exposed as shill junk Read More

    *The vast majority of people listed in this database are just “normal” business people, therefore no negative connotation is insinuated nor should misdeeds be assumed based on existing in our business directory. Our underlying goal is exposing misdeeds and fraud, but to accomplish this we often must first identity “honest” business people. This is because of things like similar names, impersonation, copyright infringement, and other reasons. Thus, the vast majority of people in our database are not being accused of anything shady. For this reason, profiles are now “noindexed” by default until comments exist on any given profile, since many of them are unnotable.

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