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.

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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Varnish Cache for Magento 2 - Configuration Suggestions

Matthew Johnson | December 09, 2016 | Magento, Varnish Cache, Caching

Magento 2, a complete reconfiguration of the popular ecommerce platform, is built for speed and is a vast improvement in website performance over Magento 1.x versions. One of the major differences in Magento 2 is that it is built to integrate with Varnish Cache, an extremely fast http-accelerator that is configurable to cache a variety of content, from static objects such as pictures to Javascript snippets and even full HTML documents.

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Under Pressure - Is Your Site Ready for a Traffic Spike?

Danny Randa | December 07, 2016 | Performance, Common mistakes, E-commerce

It’s a marketer’s dream. You come up with a new idea for a campaign to drive attention to a sale on your site. You get approval from the bosses, build a carefully targeted email list, put together some display ads, and get ready to scream about it on social media.

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Prepare Your Ecommerce Site for Holiday Sales

Ben Cook | December 05, 2016 | Performance, Common mistakes, E-commerce

The holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier each year, with stores putting up decorations and websites running holiday features as soon as November begins. However, when big sales come around some websites always seem to struggle. Luckily, even in the middle of the holiday season there are several steps websites can take to ensure they are smoothly running through December and into the January sales.

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Announcing the section.io Partner Program

Pete Jordan | December 01, 2016 | Performance, Security, Culture

section.io works with digital agencies, development shops, and hosting services to improve website performance and security

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Improving Mobile Website Performance

Roxana Elliott | November 30, 2016 | Performance, Caching

One of the most common questions we get at section.io is “How will your solution help my mobile site or application performance?” With more people visiting websites, downloading apps, and making purchases through their mobile phones than ever before, it is crucial for mobile websites and mobile applications to be fast, reliable, and secure.

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Debugging a secure website

Jason Stangroome | November 28, 2016 | Security

How to Debug an HTTPS Website As the Internet evolves with an ever increasing demand for security, websites are taking a full-HTTPS approach combined with additional features like Strict Transport Security (HSTS) and Public Key Pinning (HPKP). Websites adopting HTTP/2 for its performance benefits are also required to use HTTPS everywhere.

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Announcing Traffic Overload Prevention

Melissa Kilbourne | November 22, 2016 | E-commerce, Performance, Varnish Cache

A top concern for websites is staying online during spikes in traffic. Businesses spend lots of money from their marketing budget to attract customers to their website, however, if the website cannot handle the amount of traffic it can go offline during these traffic peaks and lose all of the potential revenue from customers in the middle of transactions.

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