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Next Generation QUIC Protocol Now Supported

October 20, 2017

QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) is a next generation internet protocol developed by and in use across most of Google’s services. It improves upon HTTP/2 by reducing the time it takes to begin serving content.

By replacing TCP with UDP, and encrypting the majority of its payload, QUIC shortens the handshake process by a factor of two or three, all while maintaining data security. </end technical mumbo jumbo>

Today you can use QUIC on more than just Gmail as it is now available to all Varial Hosting customers!

To start using QUIC your website just needs to be accessed over HTTPS from a supported browser.

That’s all there is to it! Enjoy faster page loading times!

QUIC is enabled by default in Google’s Chrome browser and support has been recently added to the Opera browser as an optional setting.

(Please note that QUIC is not yet supported on websites that have the CloudFlare content delivery network enabled.)

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Migrating R1Soft Backups to New Server

October 11, 2017

We are in the process of migrating backups taken using our R1Soft continuous data protection software to a new, more powerful server, to allow for additional storage space and faster backups and restores.

Backups will be taken using a secondary system while this migration occurs for added customer protection.

A full replication of each server will be required, a process that will take up to 48-72 hours per server, afterwards daily backups of changed files and databases will continue as normal.

Migration Progress:

Lockhart – Completed
Malfoy – Completed
Potter – Completed
Sirius – Completed
Snape – Completed

If you require a restore from a backup during this time, please contact Support for assistance.

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Varial to Sponsor CFCR FM-Phasis and Nuit Blanche Saskatoon

September 27, 2017

For several years Varial has been the domain name sponsor of CFCR’s FM-Phasis fundraising drive and the Nuit Blanche Saskatoon arts festival. We are pleased to once again support both of these incredible organizations with their community events this year.

CFCR’s FM-Phasis fundraising campaign runs Saturday, September 30 to Friday, October 13 with many exciting live concerts being held in venues across Saskatoon.

Saskatoon will host its fourth annual Nuit Blanche festival on Saturday, September 30 from 7:00pm to 1:00am. The festival is free and open to all ages. For the first time Nuit Blanche will be staged throughout Riversdale, Broadway and Downtown Saskatoon.

If you live in #YXE, you don’t want to miss these awesome events!

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WordPress Cache Plugin Updated with Support for Edge Side Includes

September 1, 2017

LiteSpeed Cache, the caching plugin allowing Varial Hosting customers to achieve lightning fast Wordpress performance has just been updated to version 1.2.0.1. This new version includes a major new feature, support for edge side includes (ESI)!

What are Edge Side Includes?

ESI allows you to serve both public and privately cached content together on one page. In other words, ESI allows you to designate parts of your page as separate fragments that are treated differently from the rest of the page.

For example, if you use WordPress’ Recent Posts widget, normally all pages would be purged and recached whenever a new post is published in order for that widget to display the most up to date information. With ESI enabled, all pages remain cached with and only the widget fragment needing to be purged and recached.

If you use WooCommerce, you can now cache your entire website but leave your shopping cart widget uncached so it always stays up to date for each individual visitor.

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

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.COM and .CA Domain Price Changes

August 31, 2017

Effective August 31, 2017 pricing for new .COM and .CA domain registrations and transfers will change to reflect recent increases in price by the registry operators of these domains.

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 September 30, 2017 will renew at the following rates:

.COM:

Was $15.99CAD >> Now $16.99CAD
Was $12.99USD >> Now $12.99USD (No change!)

.CA:

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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How to use the official cPanel iPhone and Android Apps

August 30, 2017

Earlier this year cPanel released official mobile apps for iPhone and Android, that allow Varial Hosting customers to easily access their cPanel control panel and Webmail interfaces from their mobile devices.

To get started simply download the cPanel app from the links below or search for “cPanel” in your device’s app store:

Download for iOS
Download for Android

Once downloaded open the cPanel app and press on the + icon at the top left to add an account.

On the next screen you will need to enter your cPanel login information.

Under the Name field, you can type anything to identify the account, such as cPanel.
Under the Address field, type cpanel.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with your actual domain name).
Ensure the Service field is set to cPanel.
Next, type in your cPanel username and password. When you hit Connect you will be logged into your cPanel control panel.

You can also use the cPanel app to connect to your email account’s Webmail interface.

To connect to your email, repeat the above process but enter your Webmail login information instead.

Under the Name field, type anything to identify the account, such as Webmail or your email address.
Under the Address field, type webmail.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with your actual domain name)
Next, select the Service field and change it to Webmail.
Finally, type in your email address as your username and its password. When you hit Connect you will be logged into your Webmail.

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How to make your WordPress website faster

August 1, 2017

Are you getting the most out of your WordPress website?

WordPress is one of the most popular web applications in the world and powers nearly 80% of all websites hosted on our servers.

We love WordPress and its explosive growth has changed how we think about hosting and made us strive to create a platform that greatly improves both its performance and security.

Last year we launched our next generation platform and optimized WordPress hosting plans, where we pre-install WordPress for new customers and configure it for peak performance and security, but did you know that all Varial Hosting customers can benefit from our powerful new features?

How to make your WordPress website faster:

Regardless of what hosting plan you are subscribed to, all Varial Hosting customers can greatly improve the speed of their WordPress websites by installing this simple plugin, which will enable our server side cache.

When a visitor accesses your website, normally WordPress will use PHP and MySQL to build your site on each and every page they visit. This uses a lot of server resources and will often take a second or two to display depending on the complexity of your website.

When caching is enabled, WordPress will only use PHP and MySQL to build your website the first time a page is requested. Afterwards our server will save and deliver a prebuilt version of that page, which takes only fractions of a second to load. By enabling server side caching you can make your WordPress website load hundreds, if not thousands of times faster!

As our caching feature is built directly into our web server, it will also outperform other popular WordPress caching plugins like WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache which still rely on PHP to function.

Want to speed up your website but not sure where to begin? Simply contact our Support department and we’ll install this plugin for you free of charge!

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PHP 7.1 Now Available

July 30, 2017

For the early adopters out there, PHP 7.1 is now available across all of our servers.

PHP 7.1 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/migration71.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 plugins are compatible with PHP 7 at this time. For best compatibility we recommend using PHP 5.6.

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Celebrate Canada Day with 15.0% off Web Hosting and .CA Domain Names

June 30, 2017

We are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with a big bowl of poutine and a sale on web hosting and .CA domain names.

Throughout the month of July we are offering a one-time 15.0% discount on .CA domain names and any of our Canadian web hosting plans when ordering using the coupon code OHCANADA.

Click here to save 15.0% on your order! Want to maximize your savings? Select a longer billing term for even more money off!

Happy Canada Day, eh!

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All Servers Now Protected by Imunify360

June 29, 2017

Earlier this month we enabled free SSL certificates for all customers to much applause and today we have another powerful new security feature to unveil to help protect your websites.

Imunify360 is an advanced firewall developed by our operating system vendor, CloudLinux.

Website attacks have become incredibly sophisticated. We used to be able to easily block brute force attacks by identifying that a visitor has submitted an incorrect password too many times in a short period. Today it is much harder to block these types of attacks as hackers no longer use a single machine but employ massive botnets of hundreds of thousands of infected computers to conduct attacks. Rather than seeing failed login attempts repeatedly coming from a single IP address, we now only see one or two login attempts before the attack switches to a different IP address. This makes it very hard to distinguish legitimate users from hackers and to prevent these attacks from reaching your website since the attacker’s IP address constantly changes every few seconds.

Imunify360 steps in by providing information on botnets and where these attacks are coming from. It uses herd immunity and artificial intelligence to detect new threats and protect all servers running the software. When one server is under attack it can alert other servers, protecting them before the threat ever reaches them.

We’ve been beta testing Imunify360 for several months and have found that our server load has been significantly reduced since we no longer have the overhead of serving websites to these bad visitors and botnets. This means your websites will even load faster as a result!

Now let’s say you’ve legitimately forgot your password and found yourself blocked by our firewall and are now unable to access your website or email. Imunify360 also helps by providing a self-service unblocking tool our customers can use to unblock their IP address without needing to contact our support department.

If you are ever presented with the above page when attempting to visit your website you can simply click the “I’m not a robot” checkbox at the bottom of the page to unblock your IP and proceed to your website.

Easy peasy!

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