Varnish is a data caching platform, which is occasionally called an HTTP reverse proxy. It’s a web accelerator tool that can boost the loading speed of a site by up to one thousand percent, depending on its content. Every time a visitor opens any page on a website that uses Varnish, the platform caches the page and delivers it instead of the web server in case the visitor loads it again. In this way, the web browser request from the visitor is not processed by the server and the web page will open tremendously faster, since the Varnish platform can deliver information many times faster than any server software. The end result will be a much faster loading website, which leads to an immensely improved browsing experience. In case any of the cached pages is updated on the actual Internet site, the information that Varnish stores in its memory is updated too, so the website visitors won’t end up seeing old content.

Varnish in Shared Hosting

If you host your websites under a shared hosting account with us, you will be able to activate Varnish with a few clicks of the mouse via your Control Panel. The platform is available as an upgrade with all our shared packages and you can select how many websites 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 number of instances and the amount of memory and they aren’t linked directly to each other, so you can choose whether you want lots of memory for one single large site or less memory for multiple smaller ones. You can unleash the full potential of the Varnish platform in case the websites use a dedicated IP address. Using the Control Panel, you can easily start/reboot/terminate an instance, delete the cached data independently for each website which uses Varnish or check an exhaustive system log.