Varnish is a website accelerator tool, which has been gaining a lot of popularity lately, because it can increase the loading speed of any site, sometimes even by 100 percent, depending on the content itself. This tool is sometimes called an HTTP reverse proxy too and is used to reduce the overall load on the physical server and to improve the access speed for the website visitors. Every time a visitor loads a page on a given Internet site, the browser request is taken care of by the web server and the requested info is served as a reply. If Varnish is activated, it caches the pages that the visitor browses and if any of them is opened again, it is fetched by Varnish and not by the server directly. The performance boost comes from the fact that the accelerator handles the web requests substantially quicker than any web server, which leads to much faster browsing speeds for the website visitors. If any content is edited in the meantime, the cached webpages will also be ‘refreshed’ the next time somebody tries to access them.
Varnish in Cloud Hosting
If you host your sites under a cloud hosting account with us, you’ll be able to add Varnish with a few clicks of the mouse from your hosting Control Panel. The platform is available as an optional upgrade with all our web hosting plans and you can select the number of the sites that will use it and the maximum storage space that will be used for the cached data. The two features that can be upgraded in the Upgrades section of the Control Panel are the amount of system memory and the number of instances and they are not tied directly to each other, so you can decide if you need a lot of memory for one single large site or less memory for several smaller ones. You can unlock the full potential of the Varnish caching platform in case the websites use a dedicated IP address. Using the Control Panel, you can quickly start/reboot/shut down an instance, delete the cached files independently for each website which employs Varnish or see a comprehensive log.
Varnish in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Linux semi-dedicated hosting packages that we are offering will allow you to employ Varnish once your new account is active, as the content caching platform is available by default. 64 MB of system memory will be allocated to Varnish the second your account is activated, so you can make use of this load distribution software as soon as your site has been published online. If you are in need of more system memory, you can get 32 megabytes at a time from the Hepsia hosting Control Panel’s Upgrades section and it will be allocated to your semi-dedicated machine straight away. You can also increase the number of the websites that employ Varnish, or the so-called ‘instances’, which are not bound directly to the amount of memory that you use, which means that you will enjoy more freedom. The caching platform will immensely reduce the load on the semi-dedicated machine generated by your websites, so your website visitors can enjoy fast-opening pages. You will be able to manage the Varnish platform with ease through your Hepsia Control Panel using fast-access controls. You’ll be able to start/shut down any of the instances that you have, to clear the cached data for any of your websites or to view system log files.
Varnish in Dedicated Hosting
In case you order a dedicated server with the Hepsia Control Panel, you’ll get the Varnish data caching platform at no extra fee and you’ll exert total control over it via a pretty simple-to-use GUI – you will be able to start, to stop or to reboot an instance, to browse a detailed log, to delete the cached data for any Internet site and much more. The Varnish platform will have several GB of virtual memory at its disposal, so even if you run frequently visited Internet sites with lots of visitors, you will notice the substantially better page loading times and the less load on the server. This will happen shortly after you start using Varnish, as it will require some time to cache the content that users open. You can get the most out of the platform’s potential in case the Internet sites that are using it also use a dedicated IP address, but due to the fact that your dedicated server comes with several IPs by default, you won’t need to pay anything on top of your monthly fee for the machine itself.