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Change of Domain Registration Partner

May 15, 2018

After 15 years as our domain registrar, eNom has announced a change to their business model and major price increases coming to all of their partners.

The planned price increases are so drastic that we would have to substantially increase our domain rates, which would put us in a position where we do not feel we could offer competitive pricing.

Instead of increasing our customer’s pricing, we have sought out a new domain registration partner.

Effective immediately, .com/net/org/ca domains will now be registered through our new partner, Public Domain Registry.

As customer domains come due for renewal our staff will facilitate the process of transferring the domains to our new partner. To allow time for the domains to be transferred, your next domain renewal invoice will be sent two weeks early.

Upon completion of the domain transfer, you may be asked to confirm your email address with the registry. Please complete this step if you receive an email requesting it.

While changing our domain registration partner is very time consuming for our staff, this decision has been made in our customer’s interests to avoid an increase in our domain rates and keep all of our customers at their current pricing.

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Varial to Sponsor FUZE Conference, May 17 in Saskatoon

May 10, 2018

FUZE Conference 2018 is just one week away and we are thrilled to be a sponsor of the event for our fifth year in a row!

FUZE will be held at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon on Thursday, May 17th.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Costa Maragos (U of R/CBC)
  • Dustin Ratzlaff (unINK)
  • Andrew Potter (Wyant Group)
  • Mona Elesseily (Page Zero Media)

We hope to see you there!

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How to Avoid a “Not Secure” Warning on Your Website

May 1, 2018

Web browser developers are strongly pushing for an encrypted web and are taking actions to encourage website owners to begin using HTTPS.

The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari now display a “Not Secure” warning when visiting a login or payment page over HTTP. This is to alert the user that the information they are submitting is being sent over an unencrypted connection.

To remove the “Not Secure” warning, these pages should be accessed over HTTPS instead so the information is transmitted over a secure, encrypted connection from the user’s browser to the server. To use HTTPS, your website must have a valid SSL certificate installed for your domain name.

We got you!

The good news is that Varial Hosting provides free SSL certificates for all domains hosted on our servers! Free SSL certificates have been provided for over a year and are ready for our customers to begin using.

For example, Varial customers can log into their cPanel and Webmail interfaces securely over HTTPS from the following locations:

https://cpanel.yourdomain.com/
https://webmail.yourdomain.com/

* Replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name.

You can also log into your WordPress administrative area securely over HTTPS from an address like:

https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/

Make the switch

The next step is to use HTTPS across your entire website. This not only offers a security advantage, but can improve search engine rankings and speed up your website by enabling the next-generation HTTP/2 and QUIC protocols which are available only to HTTPS websites.

Switching your website to HTTPS may be as easy as typing in https://www.yourdomain.com/ instead of http://www.yourdomain.com/ in your browser.

However, it unfortunately is not always that simple. Changes to your website code may be required to make your website compatible with HTTPS.

We recommend reading over the following articles for more information on preparing your website for HTTPS compatibility:

Why is the lock icon not displaying or my website loading incorrectly when accessed over HTTPS?
– How do I redirect all visitors to HTTPS?

If you require assistance updating your existing website for HTTPS / SSL compatibility, please consult a web design firm. Varial Hosting does not provide support for updating a customer’s website code.

The ugly

In a bold move, Google has announced that in version 68 of their Chrome browser (due later this year), they will begin to label all pages accessed over HTTP as “Not Secure”. This will force the hand of website owners to switch to HTTPS to avoid scaring away visitors with this glaring warning.

If your website is not currently taking advantage of HTTPS, we recommend making the switch at your earliest convenience!

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