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WordPress Cache Plugin Updated to v1.1.0

June 6, 2017

LiteSpeed Cache, the caching plugin allowing Varial Hosting customers to achieve lightning fast Wordpress performance has just been updated to version 1.1.0. This new version includes bug fixes and several new features.

Customers can update this plugin through their WordPress admins or install it by following this guide: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/wordpress/#caching

Changelog:

v1.1.0

  • [NEW] Added a crawler – this includes configuration options and a dedicated admin page. Uses wp-cron
  • [NEW] Added integration for WPLister
  • [NEW] Added integration for Avada
  • [UPDATE] General structure of the plugin revamped
  • [UPDATE] Improved look of admin pages
  • [BUGFIX] Fix any/all wp-content path retrieval issues
  • [BUGFIX] Use realpath to clear symbolic link when determining .htaccess paths
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed a bug where upgrading multiple plugins did not trigger a purge all
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed a bug where cli import_options did not actually update the options
  • [REFACTOR] Most of the files in the code were split into more, smaller files
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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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LiteSpeed Web Server Now Available to All Customers

May 24, 2017

With all of our customers now migrated to new servers we would like to showcase one of the underlying technologies of our next generation hosting platform that gives an incredible performance boost to your websites.

LiteSpeed is a highly efficient, commercial web server and replacement for the popular Apache web server used by most hosting companies.

We selected LiteSpeed for our next generation platform as it is up to 9 times faster than Apache when serving static content, 3 times faster when serving secure SSL connections and up to 50% faster when serving PHP requests. It is also one of the first web servers to support the new HTTP/2 protocol.

What’s really cool about LiteSpeed is that it includes a powerful server side cache that can supercharge your website, making it load hundreds of times faster and reach many more visitors.

In fact, benchmark tests show WordPress loading over 4000 times faster on our new platform when LiteSpeed Cache is enabled!

Varial Hosting customers can easily speed up their WordPress sites by installing this simple plugin or by purchasing one of our optimized WordPress hosting plans.

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New Email Features: iOS Push Mail, Fast Email Searching and Email Disk Usage Tool

April 26, 2017

Woohoo! Three exciting new email features have just been rolled out to all Varial Hosting customers.

iOS Push Mail

If you have an iOS device you can now receive push notifications when new mail arrives rather than having your device poll our servers.

The Mail app on your device will need to be force closed and restarted in order to start receiving push notifications.

Fast Email Searching

Searching you mailbox using iOS, Outlook, Thunderbird or Webmail just got a lot faster with the introduction of our new IMAP full-text search indexing service. Search away with significantly improved speeds!

Email Disk Usage Tool

Has the size of your mailbox gotten out of hand? Our new Email Disk Usage tool can help you to quickly remove old emails or large messages to free up storage space. This tool can be accessed from your cPanel or directly within Webmail.

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WordPress Cache Plugin Updated to v1.0.15

April 20, 2017

LiteSpeed Cache, the caching plugin allowing Varial Hosting customers on our next generation hosting platform to achieve lightning fast Wordpress performance has just been updated to version 1.0.15. This new version includes bug fixes and several new features.

Customers can update this plugin through their WordPress admins or install it by following this guide: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/wordpress/#caching

Changelog:

v1.0.15

  • [NEW] Added Purge Pages and Purge Recent Posts Widget pages options.
  • [NEW] Added wp-cli command for setting and getting options.
  • [NEW] Added an import/export options cli command.
  • [NEW] Added wpForo integration.
  • [NEW] Added Theme My Login integration.
  • [UPDATE] Purge adjacent posts when publish a new post.
  • [UPDATE] Change environment report file to .php and increase security.
  • [UPDATE] Added new purgeby option to wp-cli.
  • [UPDATE] Remove nag for multiple sites.
  • [UPDATE] Only inject LiteSpeed javascripts in LiteSpeed pages.
  • [REFACTOR] Properly check for zero in ttl settings.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed the 404 issue that can be caused by some certain plugins when save the settings.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed mu-plugin compatibility.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed problem with creating zip backup.
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed conflict with jetpack.
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WordPress Cache Plugin Updated with WooCommerce Support

March 25, 2016

WooCommerce is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world and now Varial Hosting customers can have the best of both worlds — amazing WordPress performance and WooCommerce support!

The caching plugin allowing customers on our next generation hosting platform to achieve over 4000X faster WordPress performance has just been updated to version 1.0.3. The plugin will now exclude WooCommerce’s Cart, Checkout and My Account pages from caching with no extra configuration required.

Customers can update this plugin through their WordPress admins or install it by following this guide: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/wordpress/#caching

Changelog:

v1.0.3

  • Added a Purge Front Page button to the LiteSpeed Cache Management page.
  • Added a Default Front Page TTL option to the general settings.
  • Added ability to define web application specific cookie names through rewrite rules to handle logged-in cookie conflicts when using multiple web applications.
  • Improved WooCommerce handling.
  • Fixed a bug where activating lscwp sets the “enable cache” radio button to enabled, but the cache was not enabled by default.
  • Refactored code to make it cleaner.
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WordPress Cache Plugin Updated for New Platform

March 9, 2016

The caching plugin allowing customers on our next generation hosting platform to achieve over 4000X faster WordPress performance has just been updated to version 1.0.2.

Customers can update this plugin through their WordPress admins or install it by following this guide: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/wordpress/#caching

Changelog:

v1.0.2

  • Added a “Use Network Admin Setting” option for “Enable LiteSpeed Cache”. For single sites, this choice will default to enabled.
  • Added enable/disable all buttons for network admin. This controls the setting of all managed sites with “Use Network Admin Setting” selected for “Enable LiteSpeed Cache”.
  • Exclude by Category/Tag are now text areas to avoid slow load times on the LiteSpeed Cache Settings page for sites with a large number of categories/tags.
  • Added a new line to advanced-cache.php to allow identification as a LiteSpeed Cache file.
  • Activation/Deactivation are now better handled in mullti-site environments.
  • Enable LiteSpeed Cache setting is now a radio button selection instead of a single checkbox.
  • Can now add ‘$’ to the end of a URL in Exclude URI to perform an exact match.
  • The _lscache_vary cookie will now be deleted upon logout.
  • Fixed a bug in multi-site setups that would cause a “function already defined” error.

v1.0.1

  • Added Do Not Cache by URI, by Category, and by Tag. URI is a prefix/string equals match.
  • Added a help tab for plugin compatibilities.
  • Created logic for other plugins to purge a single post if updated.
  • Fixed a bug where woocommerce pages that display the cart were cached.
  • Fixed a bug where admin menus in multi-site setups were not correctly displayed.
  • Fixed a bug where logged in users were served public cached pages.
  • Fixed a compatibility bug with bbPress. If there is a new forum/topic/reply, the parent pages will now be purged as well.
  • Fixed a bug that didn’t allow cron job to update scheduled posts.
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