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.

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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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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