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Where our team discusses website performance, scalability and security. We write about Varnish Cache, Modsecurity, CDNs, section.io releases, and our team.

How Akamai's Greatest Asset Became a Fatal Flaw

Danny Randa | February 08, 2017 | Performance, CDNs 101

It’s no secret that Akamai is the elephant in the room in any conversation regarding CDNs. It is the grandfather of the industry, and pioneered the art of bringing content closer to end users to improve browsing experience for people all around the world. Their first-mover advantage allowed Akamai to build an infrastructure still unmatched in size and scale by any of their competitors.

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Ecommerce Clothing and Shoe Stores Gain Performance Benefits

Chad Bock | February 08, 2017 | , Performance

Fusion Retail Group in Australia is the parent company to several brands including Diana Ferrari clothing, shoes, and accessories, Colorado shoes, and Williams shoes. Recently these brands all over-went website updates with a focus on improved user experience to stand out in a competitive market. Quality images and detailed product descriptions were a clear need, but Fusion also wanted to focus on the speed of their websites as a fundamental element of improving UX and achieving higher conversion rates.

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How Scalability and Bots Impact Product Launches

Roxana Elliott | February 08, 2017 | Security, Performance, Marketing

Have you ever gone to an ecommerce site right as a highly anticipated launch was occurring and found yourself locked out or inventory immediately gone? Flash sales or new product launches can be both a blessing and curse for ecommerce sites: While they bring motivated visitors who are ready to purchase quickly, they can also be plagued by scalability issues, bots holding product up in shopping carts, and malicious traffic that aims to re-sell items on a third-party site such as eBay.

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section.io adds Threat X, an Intelligent WAF

Roxana Elliott | February 01, 2017 | Security

Today we’re excited to announce that we have added Threat X, an intelligent Web Application Firewall, to section.io’s choice of reverse proxies. At section.io we’re committed to bringing you a choice of the best-in-class solutions for website performance and security. That’s why we let you choose which unmodified, open-source version of Varnish Cache works with your application, and now you have the choice between two WAFs: Threat X, which is a next-generation intelligent WAF backed by a team of security experts, and ModSecurity, a leading open-source WAF.

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CDNs Will Not Remain Relevant in a Software World

Stewart McGrath | January 24, 2017 | CDNs 101

For nearly 20 years, use of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) has been a smart way to deliver web traffic. CDNs promise faster, more secure and more scalable web applications. However, modern software development practices and the definition of networks and infrastructure using a software-centric approach are making legacy CDNs increasingly less relevant. “Software is eating the world” and CDNs have forgotten to come to the table.

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5 Tips to Lower Your Bounce Rate

Danny Randa | January 20, 2017 | Performance, Marketing

Bounce rate is one of the most important metrics a marketing manager can consider: it is the percentage of visitors who leave your site after viewing just one page, and a good indicator of how your content and site usability is resonating with your audience. The average bounce rate is around 50%, and anything under 40% is considered to be very good. A bounce rate of 70% or over is high for most pages on a website, although if the first interaction a user has is on a blog article then a higher bounce rate is more expected.

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Bot Traffic and Page Views

Roxana Elliott | January 17, 2017 | Performance

Some of the questions we get often at section.io are “What counts as a page view?” and “How does bot traffic impact my website?” At section.io and most other Content Delivery Networks, a page view is counted as any page that serves an HTTP response with a status code of 200 (meaning the page has been correctly delivered) and content type matching text/html. Importantly, this includes bot traffic that is not typically counted in the page view statistics for Google Analytics or other metrics services:

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How Private-Public Key Encryption Keeps Data Safe

Roxana Elliott | January 11, 2017 | Security

You may have noticed that over the past few months more and more websites have started to use HTTPS, the secure version of the communications protocol HTTP, for all of their pages. In Google’s Chrome browser, sites not using HTTPS now include an “information” icon next to address which states “Your connection to this site is not secure. You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords or credit cards), because it could be stolen by attackers.”

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Hello from CJ

CJ Brewer | January 09, 2017 | Culture

Today I embark on a new journey with section.io who empower developers to increase scalability and improve performance for their web applications. Having started my own company and developed the product from the ground up, I understand the importance of building up your CDN alongside your application and section.io allows you to do just that! The product for my previous company was a two-sided marketplace, and we had some pretty angry customers when our content was not being delivered in a timely fashion. In fact, we ended up losing those customers.

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Demystifying Website Performance and Its Impact on Revenue

Chad Bock | January 06, 2017 | CDNs 101, Caching

Last month we presented a webinar with our partner Magento on website performance and its impact on revenue. Website performance is a crucial element of any website’s success and is particularly important for ecommerce sites who rely on the speed of their website to convert customers, encourage larger cart sizes, and ultimately gain more revenue.

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