I know you chose to use nginx fastcgi instead, but I have had great luck with Varnish too. For instance, I run a server on Cloudways that I have been running for over a year and I did not use Varnish with it at first. I left it disabled. Once I enabled Varnish, it sped up things so much faster. I backed up and copied the server over to RunCloud, but it doesn't load as fast. I am not taking advantage of any of the other caching layers on Cloudways (Redis, Memcached, etc.) and I am only using their Apache + Nginx + MariaDB setup with Varnish.
You could make it easier for us by writing a tutorial like this:
For some reason, Varnish delivers everything faster to the customers.
I ran it for awhile without Varnish and it was about the same speed as the RunCloud clone I setup.
I believe that Varnish works better for some people depending on their type of WP install and that it should be an option.
I have had the same experience. I think Varnish should be an option or at least have a full/easy integration tutorial ready and set up to use it. Varnish does wonders for huge WooCommerce websites in ways that NGINX cant. I am not sure why, but Varnish seems to work much better for me on my bigger WC websites with many plugins. NGINX just doesn't do it. I use GCP for all my servers and the ones on Cloudways with Varnish only are faster when I have a lot of data and plugins.
If you need proof, I can set something up. I guess this would be best for WooCommerce websites running the Apache + Nginx setup. When I use Varnish with Apache + Nginx, it is faster than using the Runcloud Hub. Maybe because your FastCGI only works with Nginx-only servers? I dunno. I just know that Varnish (with HTTPS setup correctly) works much better for me when using WooCommerce on large websites with Apache + Nginx. It is a lot faster than anything else I have ever seen.
Yeah would like an important caching tool like Varnish in the RC Stack.
Your competitor like Cloudways have it installed by default!
I do like to have this Stack. (Ngnix + Apache + Varnish + Redis Object Cache). This is the best stack for me. (Personally I'm using it on Cloudways).
Must needed feature for developers who prefer varnish.
Varnish is pretty much a requirement for Magento 2 websites. This would be a great addition.
Clooudways is the only one out there that have Varnish. Nobody else.
I had tons of issues because of it.
Real-world data and all the Benchmark tests done by millions of developers concluded that Varnish is not better than NGINX Cache; Nothing can beat Nginx cache.
Instead of using a Hybrid stack, switch to Nginx only and see the magic.
yes, I need varnish too for other web applications not just wordpress.
we need varnish for magento projects.
Please add support for varnish. Just as in cloudways.
Varnish is a must on RunCloud