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WordPress Cache Plugin Updated to v2.0

March 9, 2018

LiteSpeed Cache, the caching plugin allowing Varial Hosting customers to achieve lightning fast Wordpress performance has just been updated to version 2.0. This new version includes big improvements to image optimization, bug fixes and more.

Customers can update this plugin through their WordPress admins or install it by following this guide:



  • [NEW FEATURE] Image Optimization Added level up guidance.
  • [REFACTOR] Image Optimization Refactored Image Optimization class.
  • [IAPI] Image Optimization New European Image Optimization server (EU2).
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Image Optimization Manual pull action continues pulling until complete.
  • [IMPROVEMENT] CDN Multiple CDNs can now be randomized for a single resource.
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Image Optimization Improved compatibility of long src images.
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Image Optimization Reduced runtime load.
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Image Optimization Avoid potential loss/reset of notified images status when pulling.
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Image Optimization Avoid duplicated optimization for multiple records in Media that have the same image source.
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Image Optimization Fixed issue where phantom images continued to show in not-yet-requested queue.
  • [BUGFIX] Core Improved compatibility when upgrading outside of WP Admin. (@jikatal @TylorB)
  • [BUGFIX] Crawler Improved HTTP/2 compatibility to avoid erroneous blacklisting.
  • [BUGFIX] Crawler Changing Delay setting will use server variable for min value validation if set.
  • [UPDATE] Crawler Added HTTP/2 protocol switch in the Crawler settings.
  • [UPDATE] Removed unnecessary translation strings.
  • [GUI] Display translated role group name string instead of English values. (@Richard Hordern)
  • [GUI] Added Join LiteSpeed Slack link.
  • [GUI] Import / Export Cosmetic changes to Import Settings file field.
  • [INTEGRATION] Improved compatibility with WPML Media for Image Optimization. (@szmigieldesign)

Varial Reviewed by and Awarded Perfect Grade

February 7, 2018 recently reviewed our web hosting service and awarded us a perfect grade after testing our speed, uptime and customer service.

We have been added as an Approved Host to their database and given the following grades:

Support = A
Sales = A
Plans/Features = A
Usability = A

Final Grade = A

Click here to view our full report card.


.NET Domain Price Change

February 1, 2018

Effective February 1, 2018 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 3, 2018 will renew at the following rates:


Was $21.99CAD >> Now $23.99CAD/year
Was $16.99USD >> Now $17.99USD/year

If you have any questions or concerns please contact for clarification.


Happy New Year from Varial Hosting

January 1, 2018

January 1st is always an exciting day.

It’s a chance to look back at what has been accomplished and a day to set goals and make plans for the next 365 days.

We had an exciting 2017 and have started on our to-do list for the upcoming year, so we’d like to share our highlights and roadmap ahead with you.

Faster servers. Faster support.

Day or night our support ticket response time average for 2017 was 18 minutes. This blows away industry standards and was even a pleasant surprise to us!

We’ve often heard that the quality of our support is the reason why our clients recommend us, so we’ll always strive to answer your questions as quickly and effectively as possible.

Along with our support, our servers also got faster. We completed the migration of all customers to our next generation hosting platform, bringing many exciting new features like server side caching for WordPress to all of our clients!

We also helped the web become a little more secure by providing free SSL certificates to all domains hosted with us. With the Internet moving towards an encrypted web, Google now ranks websites using SSL certificates higher in their search results!

The road ahead.

As we dive into 2018 we have identified three key areas we plan to focus our attention on:

Feature parity between all servers

Customers who have been with us for a while may find that their default PHP and MySQL versions don’t match up with what we install on our newest servers. Updating all servers so they feature the exact same software configuration is of the highest importance to us. A considerable amount of work is required to ensure compatibility and prepare for this upgrade, so our staff will be working hard throughout the year to complete this. Plenty of advanced notice will be given before server software is upgraded.

New features and better documentation

We will continue to improve our next generation hosting platform and already have several new features in the works, but one thing that could use some love is our documentation and tutorial videos. We plan to revamp the support materials available on our website to keep up all of the big changes we’ve been making.

Marketing and expansion

We’ve invested heavily in our next generation hosting platform and are ready to grow! We hope to expand our customer base and the size of our company through extensive marketing efforts. Expect to see us much more active on social media and placing the occasional advertisements.

We hope you had a happy holiday and your new year is filled with love and prosperity!


Black Friday 50% Off Hosting Sale

November 23, 2017

Our annual Black Friday sale is back!

Get 50% off your first year of web hosting when ordering using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at

This offer is available through to Cyber Monday and is valid for new orders on annual billing cycles only.

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


Varial Featured on

November 17, 2017 recently chatted with our CEO Ryan Smith on the origins of our company and the development of our optimized WordPress hosting platform.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about our company and our quest to make web hosting easier for all, click here to read the article!


WordPress 4.9 is Now Available

November 16, 2017

WordPress 4.9 has just been released and brings with it major customizer improvements, code error checking, and more!

Varial Hosting customers who have automatic upgrades enabled through Installatron will be automatically upgraded to this version within the next 24 hours. All other users may manually upgrade using Installatron or from their WordPress admins.


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.)


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.


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!