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Black Friday Has Come Early

November 14, 2019

Black Friday has come early to Varial Hosting!

Not only are we kicking off the festivities two weeks early, but we’re also offering multiple sales this year!

Offer #1:
Get 50% off your first year of hosting when ordering our Small Hosting plan using the coupon code BFHOSTING. Click here to add this offer to your cart!

Offer #2:
Get $5 off when registering a .CA domain name using the coupon code BFDOTCA. Click here to add this offer to your cart!

Offer #3:
The best of both worlds! Get 50% off your first year of hosting AND $5 off a .CA domain name using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY. Click here to add this offer to your cart!

Act quick! This offer ends on Cyber Monday (December 2, 2019) and is valid for new orders of our Small Hosting plan on annual billing cycles and single year .CA domain registrations only.

Get $5 Off .CA Domain Transfers

October 14, 2019

Fellow Canadians! Put down your poutine and check out this amazing limited time offer.

Until the end of October if you transfer your existing .CA domain name to Varial Hosting using the coupon code CATRANSFER you can save $5.00 off your order!

Sale Pricing
$21.99CAD – $5.00 = $16.99CAD

Ordering a domain transfer will not only transfer its registration from your current registrar to Varial Hosting, but will also renew the domain for an additional year from its current expiry date.

To transfer a domain name you must first unlock the domain with your current domain registrar and obtain its transfer authorization (EPP) key. If you have any questions about preparing your domain for transfer please contact us at

Click here to get $5 off when transferring your .CA domain name to Varial Hosting!

*Offer applies to single year .CA domain transfers only. Registrations and renewals do not apply and are billed at regular rates. Offer expires October 31, 2019.

WordPress Begins Warning of Future PHP 7 Requirement

August 26, 2019

Last week WordPress began displaying a PHP Update Required warning in the administrative dashboards of all websites running WordPress v5.1+ that have their hosting accounts configured to use PHP 5.6 or lower.

WordPress plans to increase the minimum version of PHP required to run upcoming versions of the software to PHP 7 in the near future. At this time no date or specific version of WordPress has been announced for when this requirement change will occur.

WordPress have noted that nearly half of all WordPress websites in the world have not upgraded to PHP 7 yet, so they are treating this warning as advanced notice to encourage users to upgrade their PHP version before they make it a requirement. Early developer discussions have noted that this requirement change could occur as early as December 2019, but ultimately the success of this warning campaign will dictate when they implement this requirement change.

How Does This Affect Me?

All customer websites will continue to function on their current WordPress versions.

This requirement change will only affect one’s ability to upgrade to future versions of WordPress if your hosting account is configured to use PHP 5.6 or lower.

While we have offered the ability for our customers to change their PHP version at any time through their cPanel control panel for many years, the vast majority of customers are currently using PHP 5.6.

If you wish to upgrade to new versions of WordPress in the future, manually changing your PHP version from your cPanel control panel will be required to meet WordPress’ future requirements. PHP 7.3 is the latest version of PHP and the version that WordPress recommends users upgrade to.

If you wish to keep your website on your current WordPress version or only install minor version upgrades and security fixes, changing your PHP version is not required. While PHP 5.6 is discontinued and no longer supported by its developers, we offer special, hardened versions of PHP that continue to receive security fixes by our operating system vendor.

Of course, relying on outdated software is never advised, so keeping up to date with your WordPress and PHP versions is highly recommended.

Considerations Before Changing PHP Versions

PHP 7 is a major improvement over PHP 5 that offers dramatic performance gains, however code written for PHP 5 is not always compatible with PHP 7 and code updates are often required to meet PHP 7 compatibility.

The good news is that PHP 7 has been available for over 3 years so most web applications, plugins, and themes have been updated to be compatible with the latest PHP versions.

However if you have not updated your website in many years, you may need to update WordPress and your themes and plugins prior to changing your PHP version to ensure they have been updated for PHP 7 compatibility.

When changing your PHP version through your cPanel control panel, it will change the PHP version used across your entire account, so if you host multiple websites or applications from your hosting account, all will need to be compatible with PHP 7 or you could encounter issues.

Don’t fret though, if you encounter any problems after changing to PHP 7, you can simply change back to PHP 5.6 to get things working again.

How To Change Your PHP Version

Changing your PHP version is easy! Simply log into your cPanel control panel and click on the “Select PHP Version” icon located under the Software heading.

On the next page click on the dropdown list and select 7.3 or your desired PHP version. Then click on “Set as current” to change your PHP version.

Lastly we recommend clicking on the “Result to default” button after changing your PHP version to select all of our default and recommended PHP modules.

If you previously adjusted any PHP options for your last PHP version, you can apply them again by clicking on the “Switch to PHP options” button and making any changes you require. This step is only required if you previously made changes through this interface.

Now that you have changed your PHP version in cPanel, any PHP processes previously running within your account must exit before your version change will be applied. Please allow up to 15 minutes for your PHP version change to take affect.

Need Help?

Did we lose you at PHP? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Simply contact our Support department and we’ll be happy to change your PHP version for you.

Massive Improvements to HTTP/2 Performance

August 13, 2019

Your website just got faster!

Extensive optimizations have been made to our web servers that have improved HTTP/2 performance by over 500%!

In benchmarks taken from, a WordPress site using our LiteSpeed Cache plugin loads up to 78X faster than a WordPress site running on the open source Apache web server with the W3TotalCache plugin enabled (a popular configuration with most other hosting companies).

This is the benefit of our next generation hosting platform!

HTTP/2 is used only when accessing websites over HTTPS.

Have you switched your website from HTTP to HTTPS yet? Put this to the top of your list to resolve “Not Secure” browser warnings and to reap these amazing performance improvements!

Need help switching to HTTPS? We now offer a professional HTTP to HTTPS conversion service for WordPress websites to Varial Hosting customers.

Get 50% off .DESIGN domain names

August 12, 2019

Calling all designers!

.DESIGN domain names are now available at Varial Hosting and until the end of the year we are giving you 50% off all new .DESIGN domain registrations when ordering with the coupon code 50OFFDESIGN.

Sale Pricing
$73.99CAD – 50% off = $36.99CAD
$54.99USD – 50% off = $27.49USD

Click here to get 50% off a new .DESIGN domain name!

*Offer applies to the first year of new .DESIGN domain name registrations only. Transfers and renewals are not eligible and are billed at regular rates. Offer expires December 31, 2019.

Get 90% off .CO domain names

July 17, 2019

For one week only we are having a huge sale on .CO domain name registrations! Use the coupon code GODOTCO on our order form to get 90% off your new .CO domain name!

Sale Pricing
$46.99CAD – 90% off = $4.70CAD
$34.99USD – 90% off = $3.50USD

Click here to get 90% off a new .CO domain name!

*Offer applies to the first year of new .CO domain name registrations only. Transfers and renewals are not eligible and are billed at regular rates. Offer expires July 25, 2019.

WordPress 5.2 is Now Available

May 8, 2019

WordPress 5.2 has just been released and includes a new recovery mode that can help users repair malfunctioning websites.

Ever update a plugin only for it to break your site, leaving only a blank white page?

Should this ever occur, WordPress 5.2 now includes a recovery mode that identifies and pauses problematic themes and plugins, allowing users to repair their websites without having to call in their website developer or our support staff for assistance.

WordPress 5.2 also introduces plugin compatibility checks to ensure that your PHP version meets the minimum version required by the plugin before it can be activated.

Speaking of PHP versions, WordPress 5.2 increases the minimum PHP version required to use the software to PHP 5.6. Fortunately, all of our servers use PHP 5.6 at a minimum, so unless you manually changed your account to use an older PHP version, you will be ready for this upgrade!

Varial Hosting customers who have automatic upgrades enabled through Installatron will be automatically upgraded to this new version. All other users may manually upgrade using Installatron or from their WordPress administrative areas.

cPanel Updated to v78 Across All Servers

April 9, 2019

The latest major release of cPanel is now available to all Varial Hosting customers. Version 78 features improvements to the Email Accounts interface and a new tool called Email Deliverability to manage DKIM keys and SPF records. As previously announced, v78 also removes SquirrelMail from our Webmail options due to the project being abandoned by its original developers. The next time you log into Webmail, SquirrelMail users will be asked to select between our RoundCube (our personal favourite) and Horde Webmail applications.

More details on all the new changes can be found at:

.CA Registry Maintenance

February 5, 2019

The .CA registry will be performing scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 7:00am to 5:00pm CST to upgrade its backend platform. During these hours it will not be possible to register, renew or transfer a .CA domain or make contact information or name servers changes.

All existing .CA domains will continue to function as normal and will not experience any downtime related to this maintenance.

MultiPHP Manager Replaced with PHP Selector on Hermione

February 1, 2019

We have replaced cPanel’s MultiPHP Manager tool with CloudLinux’s PHP Selector on our Hermione server.

Available PHP versions remain the same, only the tool used to change your PHP version has changed.

Customers can change their PHP version and adjust their PHP options using this tool, which is now used across all of our servers.