Is there any way to use lighttpd as a replacement or as a complement for Apache on shared hosting?


Not unless the host installs it. Most/all shared hosts do not allow users to setup their own server or other persistent processes.

You must use a (virtual) Private server to do this

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As has already been stated; You will need a dedicated server (or a virtual dedicated server) to install and use an alternative HTTP server, or other persistent process.

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