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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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Ares Server Migration Scheduled for March 25 & 26, 2017

February 22, 2017

Beginning Saturday, March 25, 2017 all customers hosted on our Ares 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 Ares server currently uses a Linux operating system which will soon reach its end of life and must be upgraded. We will take this opportunity to migrate all customers currently hosted on our Ares 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 and its upgraded operating system introduces many highly requested features like TLS 1.2 encryption and the ability to install SSL certificates without the need for a dedicated IP address.

We will deploy our Sirius server with a similar configuration as Ares 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 108.163.173.34 to 69.27.124.150 with your DNS provider to complete the migration. This change should be made on Sunday, March 26th after your account has been copied over to the new server to avoid an interruption of your service. Customers with dedicated IP addresses will be contacted with alternate instructions.

No website downtime is anticipated however we ask that you do not update your websites on Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th while the migration occurs. We will begin at 12:00am MST on Saturday and expect it to take up to 48 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/ares-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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.NET Domain Price Change

January 31, 2017

Effective January 31, 2017 pricing for new .NET domain registrations and transfers will change to reflect a recent increase in price of the .net TLD by its registry operator.

Domain names expiring within the next 30 days will renew at existing rates. No changes will be made to existing renewal invoices.

Domains expiring after March 2, 2017 will renew at the following rates:

.NET:

Was $19.99CAD >> Now $21.99CAD
Was $14.99USD >> Now $16.99USD

If you have any questions or concerns please contact billing@varialhosting.com for clarification.

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Granger Server Migration Completed

January 22, 2017

The transfer of all customers from our Granger server to our new Lockhart 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 69.27.124.146 to 69.27.124.220 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.

Granger Shutdown Notice

With customers now migrated off of Granger we are making plans to shutdown the server in order to repair its storage array.

On Monday, February 6th all services will be stopped on Granger and the server will be permanently shutdown.

If you are using a 3rd party DNS service to point your domains to our servers you must update your IP address before this date to prevent an interruption of your service.

Similarly any attempts to directly connect to Granger’s IP address 69.27.124.146 after February 6th will no longer function.

 

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Weasley Server Migration Completed

January 15, 2017

The transfer of all customers from our Weasley server to our new Snape 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, diywebhosting.ca or poppenhosting.com 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 69.27.124.133 to 69.27.124.204 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.

Weasley Shutdown Notice

With customers now migrated off of Weasley we are making plans to shutdown the server in order to repair its storage array.

On Monday, January 30th all services will be stopped on Weasley and the server will be permanently shutdown.

If you are using a 3rd party DNS service to point your domains to our servers you must update your IP address before this date to prevent an interruption of your service.

Similarly any attempts to directly connect to Weasley’s IP address 69.27.124.133 after January 30th will no longer function.

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Urgent Granger Server Migration Scheduled for January 21, 2017

January 13, 2017

A recent issue has occurred affecting the storage array of our Granger server that has caused multiple hard drives to fail at once. This is extremely rare and something that should normally never happen. We have replaced the failed hard drives with new ones, however the RAID array has failed to repair itself. This is incredibly disappointing as this server hardware was recently purchased and is only a year old.

While our Granger server is online and functioning, it is now without any additional drive redundancy. As your data and website stability is of the utmost importance to us we have made the decision to urgently migrate all customers hosted on our Granger server to our new Lockhart server beginning Saturday, January 21, 2017.

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 69.27.124.146 to 69.27.124.220 with your DNS provider to complete the migration. This change should be made on Sunday, January 22nd after your account has been copied over to the new server to avoid an interruption of your service. Customers with dedicated IP addresses will be contacted with alternate instructions.

No website downtime is anticipated however we ask that you do not update your websites on Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd while the migration occurs. We will begin at 6:00am CST on Saturday and expect it to take 24 hours or longer 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://lockhart.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/granger-migration/ if you wish to follow along with our progress.

 

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