Varnish is a web app accelerator tool, which has been gaining a lot in popularity lately, because it can increase the load speed of any website, at times even by 100%, depending on the content. This tool is occasionally called an HTTP reverse proxy as well and is used to reduce the overall load on the physical server and to accelerate the access speed for the site visitors. Whenever a visitor accesses a page on a particular site, the web browser request is taken care of by the web server and the requested info is served as a response. If Varnish is enabled, it caches the web pages that the visitor browses and in case any of them is loaded again, it is served by Varnish and not by the web server directly. The boost in the overall performance is due to the fact that the accelerator handles the web requests significantly faster than any web server, which results in much faster browsing speeds for the visitors. If any content is modified meanwhile, the cached pages will also be ‘refreshed’ the next time someone attempts to open them.

Varnish in Shared Web Hosting

If you host your websites under a shared web hosting account with us, you will be able to activate Varnish with a few mouse clicks from your hosting Control Panel. The content caching platform is available as an upgrade with all our plans and you can select how many sites will use it and the total storage space that will be available 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 directly linked to each other, so you can choose whether you want a lot of memory for a single large website or less memory for several smaller ones. You can use the full potential of the Varnish caching platform in case the websites use a dedicated IP address. Using the hosting Control Panel, you can easily start/reboot/delete an instance, delete the cached data independently for each site that employs the Varnish platform or see an in-depth log file.

Varnish in Dedicated Servers Hosting

In case you order a dedicated server with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, you will obtain the Varnish platform at no extra cost and you will exert complete control over it via a quite easy-to-navigate graphical interface – you’ll be able to start, to delete or to restart an instance, to browse an in-depth system log, to delete the cache for any site and much, much more. The Varnish caching platform will have several gigabytes of system memory at its disposal, so even if you manage resource-hungry websites with numerous visitors, you will notice the considerably better website load times and the lowered load on your server. This will become a fact soon after you begin using Varnish, since it will require a certain amount of time to cache the content that people access. You can make the most of the platform’s capability in case the sites that are using it use also a dedicated IP, but owing to the fact that your server includes several IP addresses by default, you will not need to pay anything on top of your monthly fee for the server itself.