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If you operate a website, a massive wave of traffic can be a very appealing idea. However, such a wave can also knock your site offline, or leave it crawling at slow speeds.

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Website Milliseconds Matter – But Why?



The evidence is conclusive; website page load time matters. The faster your website the more revenue your website will generate. Amazon and Google have studied this phenomenon. We have studied it and recently FT.com produced a great summary of their findings.

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Long TTFB with HTTP2 in WebPageTest



WebPageTest is a common tool that is used by us and our clients to examine site performance. It generates a beautifully detailed waterfall with great information on each request.

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Announcing free hosted DNS



We have recently released two new features that make it easier to utilize section.io’s CDN for your website. There are two requirements to start serving traffic over section.io:

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Announcing free Automated HTTPS Certificates



We have recently released two new features that make it easier to utilize section.io’s CDN for your website. There are two requirements to start serving traffic over section.io:

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Canonical bare domains and cookies



Suppose you bought the domain name “example.com” for your website. Will your visitors enter www.example.com or just the bare domain example.com in their browser’s address bar to access your site?

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Cross-site request forgery and caching



As summarised by OWASP, Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is “an attack that forces an end user to execute unwanted actions on a web application in which they’re currently authenticated”.

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My section.io anniversary



As at today I’ve been working with section.io for two years. When I joined the company it provided a fully-managed service to its clients. For many this was the ideal arrangement: by leaving web performance to the people with the skills and the tools our customers were free to focus on building new features.

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3rd party JavaScripts and impact on page load speed



3rd party JavaScripts can be great. Scripts such as conversion trackers like Google Analytics are great for the marketing team and management. There are scripts out there that conduct AB testing, such as Optimizely. Other scripts help users navigate the site such as auto complete input for search bars, or promoting pages via social networking like Facebook or Pinterest.

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Should a Product Manager have Page Load Time as a KPI?



As a digital product manager, a key responsibility is to prioritize engineering projects based on business metrics or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs are typically conversion or engagement related, such as activation rate, monthly active users, or new paying customers. A product manager can then prioritize projects based on a cost-benefit analysis - ie. the project’s impact to these KPIs vs the project’s level of effort required.

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