section.io Website Performance and Security Blog

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

The Challenge of Content Delivery for SAAS Companies

Roxana Elliott | March 21, 2017 | Performance, Security

Software as a Service or SAAS platforms are all over the Internet – they are pre-built services for companies that don’t want to create their own software for a specific need, and include job boards, online support systems, internal portals, and more. Many of these SAAS companies offer custom domains to their customers. This feature allows brands to use these services while maintaining their own brand identity. By “white-labelling” URLs, end-customers feel comfortable that they are staying within the ecosystem of the website they are on.

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Hello from Derek

Derek Nolde | March 20, 2017 | Culture

Today is the beginning of a new adventure with section.io. section.io empowers developers to increase scalability and improve performance for their web applications. I truly feel that this is the future of the CDN business and the direction companies will migrate over the next few years.

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Looking for Sales Superheroes

Stewart McGrath | March 15, 2017 | Culture

section.io is expanding our team, and we want your help in finding our next sales superheroes. We are searching for a sales all-star who has experience in outbound sales for Content Delivery Networks, website performance tools, or other B2B technologies. If you know someone who might be interested, refer them to us and if we hire your referral you’ll get $2,500 as our way of saying thank you. Send them to this job posting link and make sure they mention your name as a referral.

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Introducing PageSpeed Front End Optimizations on section.io

Danny Randa | March 13, 2017 | Performance

We’re excited to announce the addition of Google’s PageSpeed module to section.io’s Content Delivery Grid. PageSpeed provides a large number of front end optimizations that speed up websites by modifying files and applying filters on-the-fly as traffic passes through section.io. By adjusting the content that your customers receive, section.io delivers a better user experience as customers will see pages earlier, browsers will draw the pages faster and the user will be able to interact with your site more freely.

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Content Delivery Metrics that Integrate with DevOps Principles

Roxana Elliott | March 08, 2017 | Performance, Metrics, Agile

section.io has always been committed to providing the best, most detailed metrics and logs to our users. As the only Content Delivery solution that integrates fully with agile development and DevOps practices, we recognize the importance of having accurate metrics to diagnose, resolve and continuously improve your website performance and security. That’s why we’re happy to announce that we have recently given our metrics an update by bringing in Grafana, which is a highly flexible graphing tool that charts the metrics we provide from Graphite.

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The Importance of Improving Backend Load Time

Roxana Elliott | March 03, 2017 | Performance, Caching

There are several factors to look at when considering the total page load time for your website. Metrics such as Time to First Byte, Start Render Time, Visually Complete, and Full Page Load Time are important for different reasons and each have an impact on your user experience.

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section.io and Recent Global CDN Security Concerns

CJ Brewer | February 24, 2017 | Security, CDNs 101

Summary of security issue raised In the past few days, vulnerability researchers at Google discovered Cloudflare’s reverse proxies were dumping uninitialized memory into their outputs, opening up websites that use Cloudflare to data leaks. This data included cookies, passwords, encryption keys, and even user’s private data from large sites that use Cloudflare.

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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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