Varnish can immensely improve the capabilities of your websites. Learn how to make best use of its power.
Varnish is a website accelerator tool, which has been gaining a lot in popularity lately, because it can increase the load speed of any website, sometimes even by 100%, depending on the content. This tool is occasionally referred to as an HTTP reverse proxy too and is used to decrease the overall load on the physical server and to boost the access speed for the website visitors. Each time a visitor accesses a page on a given website, the web browser request is handled by the web server and the requested content is served as a reply. If the Varnish accelerator is enabled, it caches the web pages that the visitor browses and in case any of them is accessed again, it’s delivered by Varnish and not by the server directly. The boost in the performance is due to the fact that the accelerator handles the web requests tremendously quicker than any web server, which results in much faster browsing speeds for the visitors. In case any content is changed in the meantime, the cached webpages will also be updated the next time someone tries to open them.
Varnish in Shared Web Hosting
You can take advantage of Varnish’s potential and improve your sites’ load speed regardless of the shared web hosting
package that you’ve selected and you can activate and configure the content caching platform with a few clicks of the mouse from the easy-to-use graphical interface offered by our avant-garde Hepsia hosting Control Panel. During the procedure, you will be able to select two separate things – how many Internet sites will employ the Varnish caching platform, i.e. the number of instances, and how much data will be cached, in other words – the amount of memory. The latter is available in increments of 32 megabytes and is not tied to the number of instances, so you can add more instances and less memory and the other way around. If you have a lot of content on a particular website and you get lots of website visitors, more system memory will give you a better result. You may also consider employing a dedicated IP address for the websites that will use Varnish. Hepsia will offer you simple one-click buttons for switching off or restarting any instance, for clearing the cache for each Internet site and for viewing in-depth logs.
Varnish in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Linux semi-dedicated hosting
offered by our company will allow you to use Varnish as soon as your new semi-dedicated server account is active, since the content caching platform comes by default. 64 MB of system memory will be assigned to Varnish the second your account is enabled, so you can take advantage of this workload distribution software as soon as your site has been launched. If you’re in need of more system memory, you can order 32 megabytes at a time from the Upgrades section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and it will be allocated to your semi-dedicated server in an instant. You can also increase the number of the sites that use Varnish, or the so-called ‘instances’, which are not bound directly to the amount of system memory that you use, which means that you’ll have more flexibility. The platform will seriously decrease the load on the machine that your websites produce, so your site visitors can enjoy fast-opening web pages. You will be able to manage Varnish without efforts through your Hepsia Control Panel using fast-access buttons. You’ll be able to start/remove any of the instances that you have, to clear the cached files for any of your Internet sites or to see system logs.
Varnish in Dedicated Servers Hosting
In case you order a dedicated server
with the Hepsia Control Panel, you will acquire the Varnish content caching platform at no extra cost and you’ll exert complete control over it through a very user-friendly GUI – you will be able to start, to discontinue or to restart an instance, to check an elaborate system log, to clear the cache associated with any Internet site and much, much more. The Varnish caching platform will have several GB of virtual memory at its disposal, so even if you have high-demand Internet sites with a large number of visitors, you will notice the significantly better website loading speeds and the reduced load on your dedicated server. This will become a fact shortly after you begin using the Varnish platform, since it will need some time to cache the site content that people access. You can get the most out of the platform’s capability in case the sites that are using it use also a dedicated IP, but due to the fact that your server comes with a couple of IPs by default, you will not have to pay anything on top of your monthly fee for the server itself.