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Scheduled Maintenance: MariaDB (MySQL) Upgrades on Hermione and Snape [Completed]

May 2, 2022

In the evening of Saturday, May 14, 2022 we will be upgrading the MariaDB (MySQL) database server on our Hermione and Snape servers from MariaDB 10.2 to MariaDB 10.3.

Websites utilizing MariaDB/MySQL databases will be temporarily unavailable for approximately 10-15 minutes until the upgrades are completed on each server.

As both MariaDB 10.2 and MariaDB 10.3 are optimized replacements for MySQL 5.7, we do not anticipate compatibility issues for our customers.

This document will be updated with our progress as the upgrades are performed.

Progress:

Hermione – Completed
Snape – Completed

PHP 8.1 Now Available

April 21, 2022

PHP 8.1 is now available to all Varial Hosting customers.

PHP 8 builds upon the great improvements brought forward in PHP 7 and introduces several new features for developers which you can read about at: https://www.php.net/manual/en/migration81.php

To change your PHP version, simply log into your cPanel and follow this guide: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/hosting/#changephp

Please be aware that not all web applications and PHP extensions are compatible with PHP 8.1 at this time. For best compatibility we recommend using PHP 7.4 until development of PHP 8 matures.

WordPress 5.9 is Now Available

January 26, 2022

WordPress 5.9 has just been released and introduces full site editing and the first default block theme, Twenty Twenty-Two.

Using full site editing and compatible block themes, you can now easily customize the look and feel of your entire website using a visual drag-and-drop interface right within WordPress.

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.

New Mailing Address for Cheque Payments

January 15, 2022

Effective January 15, 2022 our new business mailing address is:

Varial Technologies, Inc.
PO Box 32107 RPO Erindale
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7S 1N8

If you pay your invoices by cheque or money order, please send your payment to our new mailing address going forward. Customers paying by credit card, PayPal or Interac eTransfer can disregard this notice.

Temporary mail forwarding has been established so if you have recently mailed a cheque to our old address it will be redirected to our new address.

2021 Year in Review

December 31, 2021

I’d like to start by thanking you for supporting small business. With the web becoming increasingly centralized year over year, thank you for selecting Varial Hosting as your independent hosting provider.

The pandemic has been hard on us all, both personally and professionally. While we’ve had a few bumps, we’re incredibly thankful that our business has remained strong and stable. We are striving to be as accessible as possible to our customers, to make your website and email one thing you don’t have to worry about during these difficult times.

In fact, our 24/7 support ticket response time average for 2021 was just 22 minutes!

This year we introduced PHP 8.0 support, made major improvements to our email spam scanner and deployed new servers that feature significantly faster SSD storage.

We’ve also kept prices low for our customers, despite further massive price increases by our software vendors. Keeping our services affordable is of the highest priority to us.

Our staff have been working from home since March 2020 and this is a change that we will be making permanent. In the new year we will be moving out of our sales and support office and transitioning to an entirely remote work force.

The only thing that will change for our customers is our mailing address (to be announced soon). Our servers will remain physically located in our Saskatoon data center and you will continue to receive the same quality of support that you’ve come to expect from us.

Being able to spend more time with our families while working from home has been a blessing. Thank you for bearing with the occasional barking dog or crying baby during our calls.

Here are a few new features we’re excited to launch in the new year:

  • PHP 8.1 support
  • Automated malware scanning and cleanup of WordPress databases
  • Migration of all remaining MySQL database servers to MariaDB (an optimized replacement)

We are hopeful that life will be a little easier in the coming year and we are always a quick call or email away if you need us.

Have a Happy New Year and a safe and healthy 2022!

Ryan Smith
CEO
Varial Hosting

Removal of CloudFlare Content Delivery Network

November 22, 2021

Over the weekend CloudFlare made breaking changes to their hosting partner program without providing advanced notice.

Effective immediately it will no longer be possible for Varial Hosting customers to manage CloudFlare services through your cPanel control panel and we will no longer be offering CloudFlare’s content delivery network as an option that can be enabled for new hosting plan orders.

I use CloudFlare, what does this mean for me?

All CloudFlare services will continue to function and will remain enabled for websites currently using their content delivery network.

However, to manage your CloudFlare services you must now login at cloudflare.com as you can no longer access your CloudFlare content delivery network settings through your cPanel control panel. This will be necessary for tasks like purging your CloudFlare cache.

If you do not know your CloudFlare login you can request a password reset from their website.

How do I completely disable CloudFlare?

While existing users can continue to use the CloudFlare content delivery network without interruption, if you would like to completely disable CloudFlare, please contact our Support department and we’ll modify your domain’s DNS records to remove CloudFlare for you.

How do I enable CloudFlare on a new website?

If you wish to enable CloudFlare’s content delivery network on a new website you must now sign up for an account at cloudflare.com and follow their setup instructions. CloudFlare offers both free and paid product tiers.

You will be required to change your domain’s name servers and use CloudFlare for DNS management in order to use their service. It is no longer possible to enable CloudFlare on a new website without switching to their DNS service.

PHP 8.0 Now Available

November 19, 2021

PHP 8.0 is now available to all Varial Hosting customers.

PHP 8 builds upon the great improvements brought forward in PHP 7 and introduces several new features for developers which you can read about at: https://www.php.net/manual/en/migration80.php

To change your PHP version, simply log into your cPanel and follow this guide: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/hosting/#changephp

Please be aware that not all web applications and PHP extensions are compatible with PHP 8.0 at this time. For best compatibility we recommend using PHP 7.4 until development of PHP 8 matures.

Black Friday Sale: 50% off WordPress Hosting

November 12, 2021

Our annual Black Friday sale is here!

Save 50% on your first year of WordPress hosting when ordering our Small Hosting plan using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at varialhosting.com/wordpress.

This offer is available through to Cyber Monday and is valid for new orders of our Small Hosting plan on annual billing cycles only.

Click here to get 50% off your first year of WordPress hosting!

.COM Domain Price Increase

July 21, 2021

Effective July 21, 2021, pricing for new .COM domain name registrations and transfers will change to reflect an increase in price of all .COM domain names as announced by Verisign and ICANN, the operators of the .COM TLD.

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

.COM domains expiring after August 20, 2021 will renew at the following rates:

Was $16.99CAD >> Now $18.99CAD/year
Was $12.99USD >> Now $13.99USD/year

cPanel Upgraded to v94 Across All Servers

March 26, 2021

The latest major version of cPanel is now available to all Varial Hosting customers. While most changes are backend improvements, RoundCube Webmail users will be excited to discover its new, modern theme that has been designed to be responsive when viewed on devices of all form factors.