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Varial Hosting Launches Next Generation Platform & Optimized Wordpress Hosting Plans

February 12, 2016

After over a year of development and testing we are very excited to announce that today we have launched our next generation platform and optimized Wordpress hosting plans!

So what's the big fuss about?

The best way to explain our excitement is with numbers.

Yesterday we ran a comparison between our old and new platforms using a benchmarking tool and the results simply blew us away!

To test we installed the latest version of Wordpress in new accounts on both our old and new hosting platforms. We then simulated 20 visitors simultaneously loading the default Wordpress homepage 50 times for a total of 1,000 pageviews and recorded exactly how long this took.

On our old platform this test took 645.06 seconds which resulted in 1.55 requests per second. This test quickly caused the account to hit its resource usage limits so the speed of the test was restricted by the CPU limit of its hosting plan.

We then conducted this same test on our new platform with server side caching enabled. This test completed in 0.147 seconds resulting in 6808.23 requests per second. CPU usage barely registered during this test.

This test completed 4,388 times faster using our optimized Wordpress hosting plans running on our next generation platform!

Pricing for our new hosting plans start at $9.99/month or $99.99/year and are now available at varialhosting.com.

WordPress Cache Plugin Released for Next Generation Platform

February 2, 2016

WordPress Cache

Want to supercharge your WordPress hosting?

We're just weeks away from the public launch of our next generation hosting platform and we're thrilled to announce the release of a WordPress plugin that will allow customers to easily enable and manage their server side cache on our new platform and make your websites load significantly faster.

For installation instructions please refer to: https://varialhosting.com/support/faq/hosting/#wpcache

Beta testers: If caching was previously enabled on your account through .htaccess please contact support@varialhosting.com to have this disabled prior to installation.

PHP Upgraded to 5.5.31 on New Platform

January 15, 2016

Our default version of PHP has been upgraded to version 5.5.31 on our next generation hosting platform (Weasley server).

PHP 5.5.31 is primarily a bug fix and security release and compatibility issues are not anticipated. More information on PHP 5.5.31 can be found at: http://php.net/archive/2016.php#id2016-01-07-2

Note that alternate versions of PHP 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and 7.0 are available for clients to switch to using the "Select PHP Version" tool in your cPanel.

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