Varnish is a content caching platform, which is sometimes referred to as an HTTP reverse proxy. It is a website accelerator that can accelerate the load speed of a website by up to 1000%, depending on its content. Each 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 accesses it again. In this way, the web browser request from the visitor is not handled by the web server and the page will open considerably faster, as the Varnish caching platform can deliver data many times faster than any server software. The end result will be a much faster loading site, which leads to an enormously improved browsing experience. In case any of the cached pages is updated on the live site, the information that Varnish keeps in its system memory is updated as well, so the users will never see old content.

Varnish in Shared Web Hosting

You can use Varnish’s potential and optimize the speed of your sites irrespective of the shared web hosting plan that you have selected and you can add and configure the data caching platform with a couple of mouse clicks via the user-friendly interface offered by our innovative Hepsia hosting Control Panel. During the process, you’ll be able to select two different things – how many sites will employ the Varnish platform, i.e. the number of instances, and how much content will be cached, i.e. the amount of system memory. The latter comes in increments of 32 MB and is not bound to the number of instances, so you can add more instances with less memory and vice versa. If you have a lot of content on a particular website and you gain plenty of site visitors, more system memory will give you better results. You may also consider employing a dedicated IP address for the websites that will use the Varnish platform. The Hepsia Control Panel will offer you easy one-click controls for switching off or rebooting any instance, for erasing the cache associated with each website and for viewing in-depth logs.