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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.

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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The difference between a 502, 503 and 504 error

Roxana Elliott | January 03, 2017 | CDNs 101, Caching

We all come across website errors at some point, and every website out there has inevitably experienced their share of 404 and 500 status codes, which are shown when a URL is not found either due to their typo or a broken link (404), and when there is a general server error (500).

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How We Manage Remote Work and International Teams

Roxana Elliott | December 21, 2016 | Culture

When I first started at section.io, which is located in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, I got a lot of questions about my commute and how I was dealing with it. This is because I live in Denver, about 30 miles south of Boulder and connected by one major highway that can get very congested.

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The Varying Levels of DDoS Protection

Melissa Kilbourne | December 19, 2016 | CDNs 101, Security

A DDoS attack is a distributed denial of service attack. This means that an attack is coming from multiple places with a high volume of requests with the intent to bring your site down. With section.io we offer a few different levels of DDoS protection to our customers in the event of an attack.

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Under the Hood - What Reverse Proxy is your CDN using?

Danny Randa | December 16, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching, Varnish Cache

One of the most remarkable things about the CDN market in the 20 years since Akamai launched the first Content Delivery Network is how little attention has been paid to the technology these companies are built on. When you consider the function they serve, it is somewhat understandable. Your website is slow, you pay for a CDN and suddenly it is faster. You don’t really care how it works as long as you get the desired result.

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Content Delivery Network Architecture

Roxana Elliott | December 14, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching

Content Delivery Networks can often seem shrouded in mystery: They appear on countless lists as one of the top ways to improve website performance, and there are many Content Deliver Network companies globally, but the basics of how CDNs actually accomplish all that they promise (such as improved website speed, ability to handle more visitors, and protection from attacks) are still unknown to many.

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How CDNs Could Hurt Your Website Uptime

Roxana Elliott | December 12, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching

Content Delivery Networks are usually thought of for their benefits - they bring content closer to global end-users, reduce stress on origin servers, and add caching and security features that speed up websites and protect them from malicious traffic.

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