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LiteSpeed Web Server Now Available to All Customers

May 24, 2017

With all of our customers now migrated to new servers we would like to showcase one of the underlying technologies of our next generation hosting platform that gives an incredible performance boost to your websites.

LiteSpeed is a highly efficient, commercial web server and replacement for the popular Apache web server used by most hosting companies.

We selected LiteSpeed for our next generation platform as it is up to 9 times faster than Apache when serving static content, 3 times faster when serving secure SSL connections and up to 50% faster when serving PHP requests. It is also one of the first web servers to support the new HTTP/2 protocol.

What’s really cool about LiteSpeed is that it includes a powerful server side cache that can supercharge your website, making it load hundreds of times faster and reach many more visitors.

In fact, benchmark tests show WordPress loading over 4000 times faster on our new platform when LiteSpeed Cache is enabled!

Varial Hosting customers can easily speed up their WordPress sites by installing this simple plugin or by purchasing one of our optimized WordPress hosting plans.

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Varial Hosting Has Gone Local

May 17, 2017

We are excited to announce that all Varial Hosting customers are now being hosted from servers physically located in our new Saskatoon data center.

When developing our next generation hosting platform it quickly became apparent that having our servers closer to home would help us scale and deploy new features faster. With websites loading thousands of times faster on our new platform we wanted all customers to reap its rewards so we spent the past year and a half carefully migrating clients to new servers and relocating equipment from Montreal to Saskatoon.

With this work completed we are thrilled to now have all of our web hosting services be provided from our hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

With this exciting news, we have also partnered with a global content delivery network allowing all customers to speed up their websites by distributing content across 100 data centers throughout the world. When enabled, international visitors will be served content from the data center closest to their location, reducing loading times for a truly global solution.

Stay tuned as we have many exciting new features to reveal in the coming weeks!

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Varial to Sponsor FUZE Conference, May 17 in Saskatoon

May 10, 2017

FUZE Conference 2017 is just one week away and we are thrilled to be the web hosting sponsor of the event for the fourth year in a row!

FUZE will be held at TCU Place in Saskatoon on Wednesday, May 17th. This year’s conference is focused on helping marketing professionals navigate economic uncertainty and a changing political landscape.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Meena Sandhu (UBC)
  • Albert Jame (zu)
  • Nykea Behiel (Vendasta)
  • Andrew Chau and Jeff Adamson (SkipTheDishes)

We hope to see you there!

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Zeus Server Shutdown Notice

May 7, 2017

Now that the migration of all customers from our Zeus server to our new Sirius server has been completed we are making plans to shutdown and decommission our old Zeus server.

On Monday, May 22, 2017 we will stop all services that are running on our Zeus server.

If you are using a 3rd party DNS service to point your domains to our servers and have not yet updated your IP address from 108.163.168.170 to 69.27.124.150 to complete the migration, your service will cease to function on this date until this change is made.

Similarly any attempts to directly connect to Zeus’ IP address 108.163.168.170 after May 22nd will no longer function.

All data will be wiped from the server on Monday, May 29th when Zeus is fully taken out of service.

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Zeus Server Migration Progress

May 6, 2017

The transfer of all customers from our Zeus server to our new Sirius server has been completed.

If your domain names are connected to our name server addresses ns1.varialhosting.com, ns2.varialhosting.com, ns3.varialhosting.com and ns4.varialhosting.com (or our older diy-dns.com or diywebhosting.ca name servers), your migration was fully automated and no action is required of you. Your domains will begin to resolve to the new server within 24 hours.

If you are using a 3rd party DNS service to point your domains to our servers you must manually update your IP address from 108.163.168.170 to 69.27.124.150 to complete the migration. This change should be made immediately to avoid an interruption of your service.

Over the coming weeks we will begin to add many exciting new features to bring our Sirius server inline with the feature set of our next generation hosting platform.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at support@varialhosting.com for assistance.

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New Email Features: iOS Push Mail, Fast Email Searching and Email Disk Usage Tool

April 26, 2017

Woohoo! Three exciting new email features have just been rolled out to all Varial Hosting customers.

iOS Push Mail

If you have an iOS device you can now receive push notifications when new mail arrives rather than having your device poll our servers.

The Mail app on your device will need to be force closed and restarted in order to start receiving push notifications.

Fast Email Searching

Searching you mailbox using iOS, Outlook, Thunderbird or Webmail just got a lot faster with the introduction of our new IMAP full-text search indexing service. Search away with significantly improved speeds!

Email Disk Usage Tool

Has the size of your mailbox gotten out of hand? Our new Email Disk Usage tool can help you to quickly remove old emails or large messages to free up storage space. This tool can be accessed from your cPanel or directly within Webmail.

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WordPress Cache Plugin Updated to v1.0.15

April 20, 2017

LiteSpeed Cache, the caching plugin allowing Varial Hosting customers on our next generation hosting platform to achieve lightning fast Wordpress performance has just been updated to version 1.0.15. This new version includes bug fixes and several new features.

Customers can update this plugin through their WordPress admins or install it by following this guide: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/wordpress/#caching

Changelog:

v1.0.15

  • [NEW] Added Purge Pages and Purge Recent Posts Widget pages options.
  • [NEW] Added wp-cli command for setting and getting options.
  • [NEW] Added an import/export options cli command.
  • [NEW] Added wpForo integration.
  • [NEW] Added Theme My Login integration.
  • [UPDATE] Purge adjacent posts when publish a new post.
  • [UPDATE] Change environment report file to .php and increase security.
  • [UPDATE] Added new purgeby option to wp-cli.
  • [UPDATE] Remove nag for multiple sites.
  • [UPDATE] Only inject LiteSpeed javascripts in LiteSpeed pages.
  • [REFACTOR] Properly check for zero in ttl settings.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed the 404 issue that can be caused by some certain plugins when save the settings.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed mu-plugin compatibility.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed problem with creating zip backup.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed conflict with jetpack.
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Zeus Server Migration Scheduled for May 6, 2017

April 5, 2017

Beginning Saturday, May 6, 2017 all customers hosted on our Zeus server will be migrated to a new web hosting server as part of our commitment to provide all existing customers with a free upgrade to our next generation hosting platform that we recently launched last year.

The migration to our next generation hosting platform will be completed in two stages:

1. Server Migration / Operating System Upgrade

Our Zeus server currently uses aging server hardware and a last generation operating system. We will take this opportunity to migrate all customers currently hosted on our Zeus server to a new, significantly more powerful server that features the latest Linux operating system.

Our new Sirius server is physically located in our new Saskatoon data center. We have deployed our Sirius server with a similar configuration as Zeus to eliminate compatibility issues at this stage.

2. Feature Additions / Server Software Upgrades

Once all customers are migrated to our new Sirius server we will gradually begin to add new features and upgrade server software to bring it inline with the feature set of our next generation hosting platform so all customers may enjoy the vast performance and security improvements our new platform offers. Customers will be notified when major features are introduced or when changes are scheduled that require customer attention.

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT ME???

If your domain names are connected to our name server addresses ns1.varialhosting.com, ns2.varialhosting.com, ns3.varialhosting.com and ns4.varialhosting.com (or our older diy-dns.com or diywebhosting.ca name servers), your migration will be fully automated and no action is required of you. Your domains will begin to resolve to the new server within 24 hours of being migrated.

If you are using a 3rd party DNS service to point your domains to our servers you must manually update your IP address from 108.163.168.170 to 69.27.124.150 with your DNS provider to complete the migration. This change should be made on Sunday, May 7th after your account has been copied over to the new server to avoid an interruption of your service.

No website downtime is anticipated however we ask that you do not update your websites on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th while the migration occurs. We will begin at 6:00am MST on Saturday and expect it to take up to 24 hours to copy all data to the new server and complete the migration for all customers.

Once your account has been migrated you may experience a delay receiving new mail until your domain is resolving to the new server. If you require urgent access to your email you can directly login to Webmail on the new server at https://sirius.varialhosting.com/webmail/ to view new mail you have received until you are able to connect to your email normally. If your email accounts are connecting over SSL please accept any certificate warnings if prompted.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at support@varialhosting.com so we can help to ensure that your server migration will be as smooth as possible.

We will be posting updates during the migration at https://varialhosting.com/support/zeus-migration/ if you wish to follow along with our progress.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we hope you enjoy the many performance and security improvements coming your way!

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Ares Server Shutdown Notice

March 26, 2017

Now that the migration of all customers from our Ares server to our new Sirius server has been completed we are making plans to shutdown and decommission our old Ares server.

On Monday, April 10, 2017 we will stop all services that are running on our Ares server.

If you are using a 3rd party DNS service to point your domains to our servers and have not yet updated your IP address from 108.163.173.34 to 69.27.124.150 to complete the migration, your service will cease to function on this date until this change is made. Customers with dedicated IP addresses have been provided with alternate instructions.

Similarly any attempts to directly connect to Ares’ IP address 108.163.173.34 after April 10th will no longer function.

All data will be wiped from the server on Monday, April 17th when Ares is fully taken out of service.

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Ares Server Migration Progress

March 25, 2017

The transfer of all customers from our Ares server to our new Sirius server has been completed.

If your domain names are connected to our name server addresses ns1.varialhosting.com, ns2.varialhosting.com, ns3.varialhosting.com and ns4.varialhosting.com (or our older diy-dns.com or diywebhosting.ca name servers), your migration was fully automated and no action is required of you. Your domains will begin to resolve to the new server within 24 hours.

If you are using a 3rd party DNS service to point your domains to our servers you must manually update your IP address from 108.163.173.34 to 69.27.124.150 to complete the migration. This change should be made immediately to avoid an interruption of your service. Customers with dedicated IP addresses have been contacted with alternate instructions.

Over the coming weeks we will begin to add many exciting new features to bring our Sirius server inline with the feature set of our next generation hosting platform.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at support@varialhosting.com for assistance.

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