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.

What is HTTP/2 and Does Your Website Need It?

Roxana Elliott | October 14, 2016 | Performance

Hypertext Transfer Protocol or HTTP is the communication protocol used by the World Wide Web that defines how messages are transmitted over the internet. HTTP/2 is the first major upgrade to HTTP/1 and is a major step forward in terms of website performance and speed of delivering content to browsers.

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Magento 2 - Key Differences and Setting up Caching

Matthew Johnson | October 10, 2016 | Magento, E-commerce, Performance, Varnish Cache

Magento 2 was released to merchants almost a year ago, and is a complete platform overhaul from Magento 1.x versions, rather than an update. There are several core differences between Magento 1.x and Magento 2 that are important for businesses and Magento developers and businesses to understand.

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Announcing Instant Global Cache, section.io’s new Varnish extension for Magento

Melissa Kilbourne | October 05, 2016 | Magento, E-commerce, Performance

section.io has been helping Magento merchants make their sites faster, more scalable and more secure for several years. As studies have shown and section.io Magento customers have proven, improvement in web performance consistently leads to more products viewed, more cart conversion, and increased revenue. As the busy holiday season approaches, it’s more important now than at any other time to have a fast, secure website that can handle an increase in web traffic without slowing down or going offline.

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The section.io eBook on Optimizing your Magento Site for Performance

Roxana Elliott | October 04, 2016 | Magento, E-commerce, Performance, Security

Improve your ecommerce site with our eBook on performance and scalability for Magento In September we became a Magento Select Technology Partner, and for the past few weeks we’ve been hard at work compiling all our Magento knowledge so that merchants who want to improve their Magento site speed and scalability, get information on hosting for Magento, read about Magento cache options and more have a singular resource to turn to.

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Why Scalability Matters to Your Ecommerce Site During the Holidays

Roxana Elliott | September 30, 2016 | Caching, E-commerce, Performance, Varnish Cache

Improve user experience on your ecommerce site during the Holiday Season We’ve spoken a lot about the importance of speed for your website and why it’s especially crucial for ecommerce sites going into the holiday season. Many studies have shown that improved web performance leads to more pages viewed, more products viewed, and most importantly, increased cart conversions and revenue.

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Web pages without HTTPS will be labelled insecure

Jason Stangroome | September 27, 2016 | Security

In case you missed it: Chrome to mark non-HTTPS pages insecure Google recently announced that in version 56 of their Chrome browser (expected in about 3 months) will change the address bar to clearly label websites served without HTTPS as “not secure” if the page contains a password or credit card input field.

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section.io Introduces Community Forum

Stewart McGrath | September 22, 2016 | Performance, Security, CDNs 101

We’re pleased the introduce the section.io Community Forum, where section.io users and those looking for information about Content Delivery Networks, Varnish Cache, and general website performance and security enhancements can post and answer questions. Anyone can read questions by others on the Community Forum, and to ask your own questions sign up for a free section.io account.

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5 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Web Page Speed

Roxana Elliott | September 19, 2016 | Performance, Metrics, Caching

Reports by Google, Amazon, and others have consistently shown that fast page load time is one of the most important elements of website success: one study by the Aberdeen Group showed every 1-second delay in page load time led to a 11% decrease in page views and 7% loss in conversions. There are many ways you can optimize your website for better performance, but here are some quick tips you can do now to improve your web performance and page load time:

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Cache Fundamentals Part 2 - What Content to Cache and Why

Roxana Elliott | September 16, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching, Varnish Cache

We previously went through the fundamentals of caching, what it is, why it’s important for faster web pages, better SEO, and reduced server costs, and what the differences are between a browser cache and a cache installed on a web server. Now we’ll go through some information on what type of content is typically cached, how Content Delivery Networks or CDNs are related to caching, and some tools to cache your own web data and improve the performance of your website.

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Introducing Multiple SSL Certificates on section.io

Melissa Kilbourne | September 14, 2016 | Security

We’re pleased to annouce that section.io now supports multiple free SSL certificates if your website application uses multiple domains. The section.io platform can now create, manage, and renew a free SSL certificate for all the domains that use one section.io configuration, so you don’t have to worry about your SSL certificate expiring and your website becoming more vulnerable to attacks.

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