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Massive Improvements to HTTP/2 Performance

August 13, 2019

Your website just got faster!

Extensive optimizations have been made to our web servers that have improved HTTP/2 performance by over 500%!

In benchmarks taken from http2benchmark.org, a WordPress site using our LiteSpeed Cache plugin loads up to 78X faster than a WordPress site running on the open source Apache web server with the W3TotalCache plugin enabled (a popular configuration with most other hosting companies).

This is the benefit of our next generation hosting platform!

HTTP/2 is used only when accessing websites over HTTPS.

Have you switched your website from HTTP to HTTPS yet? Put this to the top of your list to resolve “Not Secure” browser warnings and to reap these amazing performance improvements!

Need help switching to HTTPS? We now offer a professional HTTP to HTTPS conversion service for WordPress websites to Varial Hosting customers.

cPanel Updated to v78 Across All Servers

April 9, 2019

The latest major release of cPanel is now available to all Varial Hosting customers. Version 78 features improvements to the Email Accounts interface and a new tool called Email Deliverability to manage DKIM keys and SPF records. As previously announced, v78 also removes SquirrelMail from our Webmail options due to the project being abandoned by its original developers. The next time you log into Webmail, SquirrelMail users will be asked to select between our RoundCube (our personal favourite) and Horde Webmail applications.

More details on all the new changes can be found at:
https://releases.cpanel.com/

.CA Registry Maintenance

February 5, 2019

The .CA registry will be performing scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 7:00am to 5:00pm CST to upgrade its backend platform. During these hours it will not be possible to register, renew or transfer a .CA domain or make contact information or name servers changes.

All existing .CA domains will continue to function as normal and will not experience any downtime related to this maintenance.

MultiPHP Manager Replaced with PHP Selector on Hermione

February 1, 2019

We have replaced cPanel’s MultiPHP Manager tool with CloudLinux’s PHP Selector on our Hermione server.

Available PHP versions remain the same, only the tool used to change your PHP version has changed.

Customers can change their PHP version and adjust their PHP options using this tool, which is now used across all of our servers.


Varial Wins HostAdvice Great Uptime Award

January 22, 2019

HostAdvice have been secretly monitoring our server uptime over the past couple months and have just informed us that we have won their Great Uptime award!

Feel free to view our HostAdvice profile and leave a review if you are so inclined.

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Scheduled Maintenance: EasyApache Upgrade on Lockhart (Completed)

January 16, 2019

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 9:00am CST, we will be upgrading our Lockhart server to cPanel’s new EasyApache 4 web stack.

During the upgrade process websites hosted on this server may become temporarily unavailable until this maintenance has completed. Website downtime is expected to be brief.

No customer interaction is required.

If you have any questions or concerns following the upgrade, please contact our Support department.

Scheduled Maintenance: EasyApache Upgrade on Malfoy (Completed)

January 16, 2019

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:00am CST, we will be upgrading our Malfoy server to cPanel’s new EasyApache 4 web stack.

During the upgrade process websites hosted on this server may become temporarily unavailable until this maintenance has completed. Website downtime is expected to be brief.

No customer interaction is required.

If you have any questions or concerns following the upgrade, please contact our Support department.

Scheduled Maintenance: EasyApache Upgrade on Sirius (Completed)

January 10, 2019

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:00am CST, we will be upgrading our Sirius server to cPanel’s new EasyApache 4 web stack.

During the upgrade process websites hosted on this server may become temporarily unavailable until this maintenance has completed. Website downtime is expected to be brief.

No customer interaction is required.

If you have any questions or concerns following the upgrade, please contact our Support department.

Scheduled Maintenance: EasyApache Upgrade on Snape (Completed)

January 4, 2019

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 12:00pm CST, we will be upgrading our Snape server to cPanel’s new EasyApache 4 web stack.

During the upgrade process websites hosted on this server may become temporarily unavailable until this maintenance has completed. Website downtime is expected to be brief.

No customer interaction is required.

If you have any questions or concerns following the upgrade, please contact our Support department.

Happy Holidays from Varial Hosting

December 21, 2018

As we gear up for some much needed family time we’d like to wish all of our lovely customers a Happy Holidays and thank you for supporting our business. Whether you have been with us for one month or 15 years, we appreciate you!

Please note that our office will be closed and telephone assistance unavailable from December 22 to January 1st, but as always email support will be available 24/7 over the holidays if you need us.

Before we grab some eggnog and get our Santa hats on, we’d like to quickly recap the past year, and bring attention to all of the new features implemented and hard work we’ve done in 2018.

First, we crunched the numbers and would like to boast that day or night, our support ticket response time average for 2018 was 20 minutes! We believe that providing quick, quality support is one of the most important aspects of running a web hosting business and is something that we strive to do our best at.

And now, on to the features!

With WordPress representing over 75% of all web applications installed on our servers, you may be excited to hear that WordPress 5.0 has just been released and brings with it a new block based editor and default theme.

Additionally, WordPress 5.0 has been made compatible with PHP 7.3 which is now available across all of our servers.

We’ve also recently updated cPanel to version 76, which is notably the last version of cPanel that will include SquirrelMail for Webmail users and support cPanel’s legacy web stack.

Earlier this month we changed the default version of PHP across all servers to a hardened version of PHP 5.6 that will continue to be maintained and receive security fixes from our operating system vendor. This change will make it significantly easier for us to switch to cPanel’s new, modular web stack, which we plan to complete over the next few weeks.

This will leave us with one last task in our goal to reach feature parity between all servers, upgrading MySQL! We will be working hard in 2019 to ensure that all customer accounts are ready for the switch to MariaDB, the new database server currently in use on our newest web hosting servers.

We also launched a new backup system, introduced server side caching for Joomla and Drupal and debuted a cutting-edge malware prevention tool.

But two things really consumed a lot of our time in 2018.

When our domain registration partner of 15 years announced a change to their business model and drastic price increases, we sought out a new domain registration partner in order to continue to offer competitive rates and keep pricing the same for our customers. Every day our staff have been manually transferring customer domains to our new partner as they come due for renewal.

In July, Google made a controversial change to the Chrome browser and began labelling all websites accessed over HTTP as “Not Secure”. This sparked a rush for customers to switch their websites to HTTPS to avoid scaring away visitors with this warning. We received so many questions about this that we launched a HTTP to HTTPS conversion service for WordPress to help our customers with this change.

Are you still using HTTP? Make switching to HTTPS one of your New Year’s Resolutions!

Lastly, we’d like to note that in addition to credit card, PayPal, Interac e-Transfer and cheque or money order payments, we now accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a means to pay your invoices. While we don’t expect many customers to pay in this manner, we’ve been mining cryptocurrencies for some time and thought that allowing our customers to pay with them only made sense.

Stay warm, stay safe, and have a wonderful holiday season.

See you in 2019!