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.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!
Click here to add this offer to your cart!

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.

Get $5 Off .CA Domain Transfers

October 14, 2019

Fellow Canadians! Put down your poutine and check out this amazing limited time offer.

Until the end of October if you transfer your existing .CA domain name to Varial Hosting using the coupon code CATRANSFER you can save $5.00 off your order!

Sale Pricing
$21.99CAD – $5.00 = $16.99CAD

Ordering a domain transfer will not only transfer its registration from your current registrar to Varial Hosting, but will also renew the domain for an additional year from its current expiry date.

To transfer a domain name you must first unlock the domain with your current domain registrar and obtain its transfer authorization (EPP) key. If you have any questions about preparing your domain for transfer please contact us at sales@varialhosting.com.

Click here to get $5 off when transferring your .CA domain name to Varial Hosting!

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

WordPress Begins Warning of Future PHP 7 Requirement

August 26, 2019

Last week WordPress began displaying a PHP Update Required warning in the administrative dashboards of all websites running WordPress v5.1+ that have their hosting accounts configured to use PHP 5.6 or lower.

WordPress plans to increase the minimum version of PHP required to run upcoming versions of the software to PHP 7 in the near future. At this time no date or specific version of WordPress has been announced for when this requirement change will occur.

WordPress have noted that nearly half of all WordPress websites in the world have not upgraded to PHP 7 yet, so they are treating this warning as advanced notice to encourage users to upgrade their PHP version before they make it a requirement. Early developer discussions have noted that this requirement change could occur as early as December 2019, but ultimately the success of this warning campaign will dictate when they implement this requirement change.

How Does This Affect Me?

All customer websites will continue to function on their current WordPress versions.

This requirement change will only affect one’s ability to upgrade to future versions of WordPress if your hosting account is configured to use PHP 5.6 or lower.

While we have offered the ability for our customers to change their PHP version at any time through their cPanel control panel for many years, the vast majority of customers are currently using PHP 5.6.

If you wish to upgrade to new versions of WordPress in the future, manually changing your PHP version from your cPanel control panel will be required to meet WordPress’ future requirements. PHP 7.3 is the latest version of PHP and the version that WordPress recommends users upgrade to.

If you wish to keep your website on your current WordPress version or only install minor version upgrades and security fixes, changing your PHP version is not required. While PHP 5.6 is discontinued and no longer supported by its developers, we offer special, hardened versions of PHP that continue to receive security fixes by our operating system vendor.

Of course, relying on outdated software is never advised, so keeping up to date with your WordPress and PHP versions is highly recommended.

Considerations Before Changing PHP Versions

PHP 7 is a major improvement over PHP 5 that offers dramatic performance gains, however code written for PHP 5 is not always compatible with PHP 7 and code updates are often required to meet PHP 7 compatibility.

The good news is that PHP 7 has been available for over 3 years so most web applications, plugins, and themes have been updated to be compatible with the latest PHP versions.

However if you have not updated your website in many years, you may need to update WordPress and your themes and plugins prior to changing your PHP version to ensure they have been updated for PHP 7 compatibility.

When changing your PHP version through your cPanel control panel, it will change the PHP version used across your entire account, so if you host multiple websites or applications from your hosting account, all will need to be compatible with PHP 7 or you could encounter issues.

Don’t fret though, if you encounter any problems after changing to PHP 7, you can simply change back to PHP 5.6 to get things working again.

How To Change Your PHP Version

Changing your PHP version is easy! Simply log into your cPanel control panel and click on the “Select PHP Version” icon located under the Software heading.

On the next page click on the dropdown list and select 7.3 or your desired PHP version. Then click on “Set as current” to change your PHP version.

Lastly we recommend clicking on the “Result to default” button after changing your PHP version to select all of our default and recommended PHP modules.

If you previously adjusted any PHP options for your last PHP version, you can apply them again by clicking on the “Switch to PHP options” button and making any changes you require. This step is only required if you previously made changes through this interface.

Now that you have changed your PHP version in cPanel, any PHP processes previously running within your account must exit before your version change will be applied. Please allow up to 15 minutes for your PHP version change to take affect.

Need Help?

Did we lose you at PHP? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Simply contact our Support department and we’ll be happy to change your PHP version for you.