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Varial Reviewed by FindMyHost.com and Awarded Perfect Grade

February 7, 2018

FindMyHost.com 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.

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.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:

.NET:

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

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

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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!

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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 varialhosting.com.

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!

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Varial Featured on HostingAdvice.com

November 17, 2017

HostingAdvice.com 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!

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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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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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Varial Celebrates 14th Anniversary with Free SSL Certificates for All Customers

June 1, 2017

Today we celebrate our 14th year in business with a gift to all of our customers.

One feature we’ve been frequently asked about this year has been HTTPS / SSL support for customer websites. While this has always been possible through the purchase of a traditional SSL certificate, which would typically set you back a hundred dollars and require a manual installation, we’re about to make enabling HTTPS a lot easier.

Today we are launching a fully automated system to install and renew free SSL certificates to all domains hosted on our servers.

If you are not familiar, a SSL certificate is what is required to enable HTTPS on your website, the protocol which makes all communication between your browser and your website encrypted. If you see the https:// in the address bar of your browser and a lock icon next to it, you are browsing a secure, encrypted website.

While SSL certificates had mainly been used by eCommere websites, the Internet is moving towards an encrypted web for better security and Google even ranks websites using HTTPS higher in their search results.

We’ve been quietly beta testing this feature for over a year so SSL certificates have already been issued for all eligible domains hosted with us.

If you’d like to make the switch to HTTPS we recommend reading our SSL Certificate FAQ for more information on how they function, potential issues to watch out for and guidelines on how to make your website code compatible with HTTPS / SSL.

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