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cPanel Upgraded to v94 Across All Servers

March 26, 2021

The latest major version of cPanel is now available to all Varial Hosting customers. While most changes are backend improvements, RoundCube Webmail users will be excited to discover its new, modern theme that has been designed to be responsive when viewed on devices of all form factors.

CloudFlare cPanel Plugin Removal Notice

February 24, 2021

Our content delivery network partner CloudFlare has discontinued development of their cPanel plugin and its code will soon no longer be compatible with new versions of our cPanel control panel.

Upon upgrading to the next major release of cPanel (expected end of Q1 2021), customers will no longer be able to directly manage their CloudFlare settings through cPanel.

Instead, customers with CloudFlare enabled will need to login at https://dash.cloudflare.com/login to manage their settings directly from CloudFlare’s website.

Upcoming Changes to Default Spam Scanner Settings

February 3, 2021

Last fall we introduced a new, highly-anticipated feature for our MailScanner spam scanner — the ability to automatically move spam emails to a special Spam folder within your email accounts.

This allows customers to keep their inboxes free of spam, while providing a convenient way to review emails that have been flagged as spam.

Currently our MailScanner spam scanner is configured to deliver low-scoring spam and update the subject line of the email to identify it as potential spam.

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, we will change the default settings of our spam scanner to automatically move low-scoring spam emails to a Spam folder within your email accounts.

The Spam folder can either be accessed through Webmail or with an IMAP email client on your computer/device to allow you to easily review emails that have been flagged as spam.

To prevent your email accounts from growing excessively large, emails within your Spam folder will be automatically purged after 60 days.

Please note that your spam scanner settings will only be changed on April 1st if you are currently using our default settings. If you have made any modifications to your MailScanner settings in the past your custom settings will remain in place and this change will not be applied to your account unless you manually update your MailScanner settings in cPanel to enable the new SpamBox feature.

PHP 7.4 Now Available

December 11, 2019

For the early adopters out there, PHP 7.4 is now available across all of our servers.

PHP 7.4 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/migration74.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 PHP extensions are compatible with PHP 7.4 at this time. For best compatibility we recommend using PHP 7.2 or 7.3 until development of PHP 7.4 matures.

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/

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.


cPanel Updated to v74 Across All Servers

September 5, 2018

The latest major release of cPanel is now available to all Varial Hosting customers. Version 74 includes improvements to the new Git Version Control feature, improved domain validation to reduce hiccups when issuing SSL certificates and automated spammer detection to prevent spam from sending from our servers.

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

Stop Malware with Proactive Defense

August 2, 2018

One of the biggest innovations in website security is now available to all Varial Hosting customers!

Unlike traditional approaches that scan and remove malware from infected websites, Proactive Defense analyzes the behaviour of PHP code in realtime and stops dangerous executions, preventing malware from running in the first place.

Thousands of malware samples were analyzed to develop heuristics to distinguish malicious behavior from legitimate activity. By analyzing running PHP code and detecting dangerous executions in realtime, Proactive Defense is able to stop both known and zero-day malware in its tracks!

Top security researcher Patrick William of Rack911 Labs has said this of Proactive Defense:

“After extensively testing Proactive Defense, we’re confident that it will stop almost all malware in realtime. Combined with the other features of Imunify360, there is nothing else on the market that offers such a high level of security.”

After weeks of testing, not a single false positive has been reported and Proactive Defense has now been enabled as part of our Imunify360 security package for all Varial Hosting customers!

Introducing JetBackup

May 30, 2018

For many years, R1Soft has been our primary tool for daily backups of our servers and disaster recovery.

R1Soft has many benefits over cPanel’s native backup system as it supports fast incremental backups of changed files and full bare-metal restores of entire servers. Unfortunately the software is not without its problems as the longer you seem to use it the slower and less reliable your backups become.

Over the last few years we’ve migrated our R1Soft backups to three different storage servers to combat its issues but problems with it continue to persist. Backups have gone from taking 1-2 hours per server to 6+ hours, with frequent failures requiring a full block scan that can take over 24 hours to complete.

Due to these pressing issues we have decided to replace R1Soft with an alternate solution called JetBackup, which we’ve been testing across our servers for over a year.

JetBackup shares many similarities to cPanel’s native backup system but with many advancements. JetBackup supports incremental backups to remote servers, allows for self-service restores of files and databases through a customer’s cPanel control panel, and is lightweight and uses minimal system resources. More importantly, JetBackup has proven to be more reliable than R1Soft in backing up our servers.

We have set up a brand new storage server for JetBackup and initial replications of our servers are underway. The initial backup will take up to 7 days per server to complete, with subsequent incremental backups then being taken daily. Once initial backups have completed a new JetBackup section will be available in cPanel, allowing customers to directly download and restore their backups.

Once all servers have been backing up with JetBackup for several weeks, we will then disable R1Soft, making JetBackup our primary backup solution going forward.

JetBackup Migration Progress:

Hermione – Completed
Lockhart – Completed
Malfoy – Completed
Potter – Completed
Sirius – Completed
Snape – Completed