Varnish is a web accelerator, which has been gaining a lot in popularity lately, as it can increase the speed of any Internet site, at times even by 100%, based on the content. This tool is sometimes called an HTTP reverse proxy too and is used to reduce the overall load on the server and to enhance the access speed for the site visitors. Each time a visitor loads a page on a given site, the web browser request is taken care of by the web server and the requested data is delivered as a reply. If Varnish is activated, it caches the web pages that the site visitor browses and in case any of them is loaded for a second time, it is fetched by Varnish and not by the server directly. The performance boost is due to the fact that the accelerator handles the browser requests significantly quicker than any web server, which results in much faster browsing speeds for the site visitors. In case any data is changed in the meantime, the cached web pages will also be ‘refreshed’ the next time somebody tries to open them.

Varnish in Cloud Hosting

Varnish is available as an optional upgrade with each of our Linux cloud packages. You can add it to your hosting account via the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which is offered with all shared packages and you’ll get a quite user-friendly interface, which will give you full control over the content caching platform. Using 1-click quick-access buttons, you can reboot or terminate any of the instances, i.e. Varnish will no longer be enabled for a certain Internet site. You can also view a detailed system log file or clear the cache for any of the Internet sites. When you add Varnish to your shared web hosting package, you’ll be able to choose the total amount of system memory that will be available to you for data caching purposes and the number of the sites that will use Varnish. You can always add more memory in increments of 32 MB and, for top performance, you can allocate a dedicated IP to the websites that will use Varnish. This will permit you to take full advantage of your websites and to have plenty of pleased website visitors.

Varnish in Dedicated Web Hosting

You can use Varnish to speed up any site that’s hosted on a dedicated server from our company if the Hepsia Control Panel is installed on the machine. Not only will you get the platform ready to be used at no extra charge, but you’ll also have total control over it through Hepsia’s easy-to-navigate GUI. It will take just one single mouse click to start or shut down an instance or to delete the cached data associated with any website that’s using the Varnish platform and in case you’re more knowledgeable, you can also view the platform’s system logs. Varnish comes with at least 3 GB of memory for website content caching purposes, so even in case you host an immense number of sites on your dedicated machine and they all use the platform, the difference in their overall performance will be observable. You will simply have to wait for a little while until Varnish caches whatever webpages the site visitors open on their end. The Varnish platform performs best if the websites use a dedicated IP address, but considering the fact that our servers come with three free IP addresses, you will have all that you need.