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

October 1, 2020

On October 17, 2020, we will be upgrading the MariaDB database server on our Hermione and Snape servers from MariaDB 10.1 (based on MySQL 5.6) to MariaDB 10.2 (based on MySQL 5.7). MariaDB will be run with strict mode disabled for best compatibility.

Prior to the upgrades, database servers will be briefly taken offline in order to make a complete backup of all customer databases. Websites utilizing MariaDB/MySQL databases will become temporarily unavailable until the MariaDB upgrades have completed on each server.

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

Progress:

Hermione – Completed
Snape – Completed

WordPress 5.5 is Now Available

August 12, 2020

WordPress 5.5 has just been released and focuses on speed, search and security.

This new version of WordPress introduces support for lazy-loaded images, XML sitemaps and automatic theme and plugin updates.

Significant improvements have also been made to WordPress’ block editor, such as inline image editing, new block patterns and even a block directory to help you to install new block types.

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.

.ORG Domain Price Increase

June 30, 2020

Effective June 30, 2020 pricing for new .ORG domain registrations and transfers will change to reflect a recent increase in price of the .org 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 July 30, 2020 will renew at the following rates:

Was $20.99CAD >> Now $23.99CAD/year
Was $15.99USD >> Now $17.99USD/year

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

cPanel Upgraded to v86 Across All Servers

March 19, 2020

The latest major version of cPanel is now available to all Varial Hosting customers. New features for end users include the ability to force the redirection of domains to a website’s secure HTTPS version, an updated Webmail interface allowing users to perform additional actions upon login and File Manager access when accounts are exceeding their storage limit to help users free up disk space.

More details on all the new changes can be found at:
https://releases.cpanel.com/

Resellers: NS1 name server IP change

March 19, 2020

Customers with reseller hosting plans who are utilizing our custom DNS name server feature in order to use custom name server addresses like ns1.yourdomain.com instead of ns1.varialhosting.com please note that our NS1 name server IP has changed from 167.114.2.246 to 51.79.70.71.

If you are utilizing our custom DNS name server feature please immediately update your NS1 IP address at both the DNS and domain registrar level to: 51.79.70.71

This change must be made before April 30, 2020.

If you have questions or require assistance with this, please feel free to contact us and we can help you with these changes.

Varial Featured on Website Planet

February 20, 2020

Website Planet recently interviewed our CEO to learn more about our next generation hosting platform and what makes our optimized WordPress hosting plans so popular.

Check out the interview here!

Scheduled Maintenance: MySQL Upgrades on Lockhart, Malfoy & Sirius [Completed]

February 12, 2020

On March 1, 2020, we will be upgrading the MySQL database server on our Lockhart, Malfoy and Sirius servers to MySQL 5.6 as support for all previous versions will be discontinued by cPanel upon their next major release due at the end of Q1 2020.

Significant work has been performed by our staff over the past two years to prepare customer accounts for compatibility with newer MySQL versions, which will allow us to upgrade our database servers at a more frequent pace in the future.

Prior to the upgrades, database servers will be briefly taken offline in order to make a complete backup of all customer databases. Websites utilizing MySQL databases will become temporarily unavailable until the MySQL upgrades have completed on each server.

Additional MySQL upgrades will be scheduled later in 2020 to switch to MariaDB (an optimized replacement for MySQL) to meet feature parity with our more recently deployed servers.

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

Progress:

Lockhart – Completed
Malfoy – Completed
Sirius – Completed

PHP 7.4 Now Available

December 11, 2019

For the early adopters out there, PHP 7.4 is now available across all of our servers.

PHP 7.4 builds upon the great improvements brought forward in PHP 7 and introduces several new features for developers which you can read about at: http://php.net/manual/en/migration74.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 7.4 at this time. For best compatibility we recommend using PHP 7.2 or 7.3 until development of PHP 7.4 matures.

Transfer your .COM or .CA domain name and save $5

December 3, 2019

Do you have domains purchased through other companies that you’d like to consolidate with us?

Until the end of 2019 if you transfer your existing .COM or .CA domain name to Varial Hosting using the coupon code 5OFFTRANSFER you can save $5.00 on your order!

To transfer a domain name you must first unlock the domain with your current domain registrar and obtain its transfer authorization (EPP) key. Transferring a domain name will renew your domain for an additional year from its current expiry date. You will not lose any time remaining on it!

If you have any questions about preparing your domain for transfer please contact us at sales@varialhosting.com.

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

>>> Click here to add this offer to your cart! <<<

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. Regular $99.99, now just $49.99!
Click here to add this offer to your cart!

Offer #2:
Get $5 off when registering or transferring a .COM domain name using the coupon code BFDOTCOM. Regular $16.99CAD/$12.99USD, now just $11.99CAD/$7.99USD!
Click here to add this offer to your cart!

Offer #3:
Get $5 off when registering or transferring a .CA domain name using the coupon code BFDOTCA. Regular $21.99CAD/$16.99USD, now just $16.99CAD/$11.99USD!
Click here to add this offer to your cart!

Offer #4:
The best of both worlds! Get 50% off your first year of hosting AND $5 off a .COM or .CA domain name using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY. Save $55!
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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 .COM and .CA domain registrations and transfers only.