On July 23, 2018, Google will make the bold move to prominantly label all websites viewed in Chrome over HTTP as “Not Secure”.
Unfortunately much of the web is not ready with over 30% of all websites not supporting HTTPS.
When a website is accessed over HTTPS, information is transmitted over a secure, encrypted connection from the visitor’s browser to the server. 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.
With web browsers now alerting visitors when websites are viewed over HTTP, our customers have been scrambling to switch to HTTPS to avoid scaring away visitors with a “Not Secure” warning.
As such, we have been bombarded with questions on how customers can convert their existing websites to use HTTPS. The answer is unfortunately complicated, and highly depends on how your website has been coded.
Some websites can simply be accessed over HTTPS instead of HTTP and will display the SSL lock icon without issue, however many websites will require changes to their code to be compatible with HTTPS.
To assist our customers with this transition, we are introducing a HTTP to HTTPS Conversion service for WordPress websites hosted on our servers.
Our HTTPS conversion service for WordPress includes the following:
- Backup existing website before making any changes.
- Ensure a free SSL certificate has been installed for your domain.
- Reconfigure WordPress to use HTTPS across all pages.
- Convert any hardcoded HTTP references in your database to HTTPS.
- Convert any hardcoded HTTP references in your active WordPress theme to HTTPS.
- Update .htaccess file for compatibility and to redirect all pages from HTTP to HTTPS.
- Maximum 2 hours of our staff’s time to complete the conversion.
(We will notify you before proceeding if we anticipate your conversion to take longer.)
We are offering this service to Varial Hosting customers for a $99.99 one time fee.
To order please contact our Sales department at email@example.com to begin the process.
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.
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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.
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Happy Canada Day, eh!
Boy, do we have a big Black Friday sale in store for you!
Register a new .com, .net or .org domain name for only $2.99 when using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at varialhosting.com.
Offer begins at midnight on Black Friday and is available through to Cyber Monday.
This promotion is valid for new one-year .com, .net and .org domain registrations only. Domain transfers and multi-year registrations do not qualify. Domains will renew at regular rates.
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Today marks our 13th anniversary so we are celebrating with a sale and a look back at the amazing year we’ve had!
Our next generation hosting platform and optimized WordPress hosting plans were launched with great success in February and hundreds of customers are now enjoying the huge performance and security improvements our new platform offers.
Not only does our next generation platform include server side caching, a content delivery network and automatic WordPress upgrades, but we’ve even opened a second data center location in our hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to house all of our new servers.
So what’s in store for the rest of the year?
We have committed to providing all existing customers with a free upgrade to our next generation hosting platform and will be migrating customers to new servers, beginning with our Apollo server this weekend and completing for all customers this fall.
We also plan to extend our server side cache to support other popular web applications and will closely integrate our billing website and customer control panel to create a more unified experience.
With the sales pitch out of the way, here’s what you really came here for — a bargain!
Over the month of June we are offering a recurring 10% discount on domain names and any of our hosting plans when ordering using the coupon code LUCKY13.
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