Varnish is a content caching platform, which is occasionally called an HTTP reverse proxy. It’s a web accelerator that can accelerate the speed of a website by up to 1000 percent, depending on the content itself. Every time a visitor accesses 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 opens it again. In this way, the browser request from the visitor is not handled by the web server and the page will load substantially faster, as the Varnish platform can serve data many times faster than any web server software. The end result will be a substantially faster loading page, which leads to an immensely improved visitor experience. In case any of the cached pages is updated on the actual site, the data that Varnish stores in its memory is updated as well, so the site visitors won’t see old info.

Varnish in Cloud Hosting

You can take advantage of Varnish’s potential and improve your sites’ speed regardless of the cloud hosting package that you have chosen and you can activate and set up the platform with a couple of mouse clicks via the intuitive GUI offered by our next-gen Hepsia Control Panel. During the process, you will be able to select two different things – how many sites will use Varnish, i.e. the number of instances, and how much content will be cached, in other words – the amount of system memory. The latter comes in increments of 32 megabytes and is not bound to the number of instances, so you can order more instances with less memory and vice versa. In case you’ve got a lot of content on a given site and you get lots of website visitors, more system memory will guarantee you a better result. You may also consider employing a dedicated IP address for the websites that will use the Varnish caching platform. The Hepsia Control Panel will offer you simple 1-click controls for shutting down or restarting any instance, for erasing the cache for any website and for checking detailed system logs.