Varnish is a content caching platform, which is occasionally referred to as an HTTP reverse proxy. It is a web application accelerator that can increase the load speed of a website by up to one thousand percent, depending on the content itself. Whenever a visitor opens any page on a site that uses Varnish, the platform caches the page and delivers it instead of the web server when the visitor loads it again. Thus, the web browser request from the visitor is not processed by the web server and the page will load substantially faster, as the Varnish caching platform can serve data many times faster than any web server software. The end result will be a significantly faster loading site, which leads to an improved visitor experience. When any of the cached web pages is updated on the actual website, the info that Varnish keeps in its system memory is ‘refreshed’ as well, so the site visitors won’t end up seeing out-of-date data.

Varnish in Shared Hosting

Varnish is available as an optional upgrade with each of our Linux shared packages. You can add it to your hosting account via the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which is available with all shared hosting packages and you’ll get a rather simple-to-use graphical interface, which will grant you full control over the caching system. Using 1-click quick-access buttons, you can restart or deactivate any of the instances, in other words – Varnish will no longer be activated for a specific site. You can also check an exhaustive log or erase the cache for any of the websites. When you add Varnish to your shared web hosting plan, you will be able to select the maximum 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 megabytes and, for maximum performance, you can allocate a dedicated IP address to the websites that will use Varnish. This will enable you to get the most out of your sites and to have numerous happy website users.

Varnish in Dedicated Hosting

In case you order a dedicated server with the Hepsia Control Panel, you will get the Varnish caching platform at no extra fee and you’ll have complete control over it through a quite user-friendly interface – you will be able to start, to delete or to restart an instance, to view a detailed log, to delete the cached content associated with any site and much more. The Varnish platform will have several GB of system memory at its disposal, so even if you run traffic-hungry websites with a large number of visitors, you will notice the much faster web page load times and the decreased load on the server. This will become a fact shortly after you begin using Varnish, since it will need some time to cache the content that visitors access. You can take full advantage of the platform’s capability in case the Internet sites that are using it also use a dedicated IP address, but owing to the fact that your dedicated server comes with a couple of IP addresses by default, you will not have to pay anything on top of the monthly charge for the machine itself.