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

What is a Reverse Proxy?

Melissa Kilbourne | September 12, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching

When I first started to tell people about my new job with section.io, I often was asked “What is a reverse proxy”? To be honest, I had actually googled the same question. I was familiar with proxies, but wasn’t entirely sure what the difference was between a proxy and a reverse proxy.

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Adapting section.io to Colorado Life

Stewart McGrath | September 09, 2016 | Culture

A New Corporate Objective A few months ago, my co founder and CTO, Dan, declared a need to climb Longs Peak here in Colorado. Why? “because it’s there” (that classic Mountain climbers’ cry). It turns out that during his morning drive into our Boulder office from Lousiville, every day since we moved to Colorado from Australia, Longs was standing tall and taunting on his skyline.

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section.io Joins Magento's Technology Partner Program

Roxana Elliott | September 08, 2016 | E-commerce, Magento, Performance, Varnish Cache

We are pleased to announce that section.io has become a Magento Select Technology Partner, a level of partnership that includes many other top-tier technology solutions designed to help Magento eCommerce customers get the most out of their websites. We’re excited about this partnership because we recognize Magento as the leading eCommerce solution for all kinds of businesses, from small boutiques to large, recognizable brands, and we have already been building our own tools to integrate seamlessly with the Magento system.

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Varnish WAF Options

Daniel Bartholomew | September 07, 2016 | Varnish Cache, Security

It’s common that a modern web site will want the advantages of Varnish’s excellent programming model in tandem with a WAF.

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Cache Fundamentals- What is Cached Data

Roxana Elliott | September 01, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching, Performance

What is a web cache and what are the benefits of cached data? Before we get into what exactly caching is, you need to understand why caching is important. Ultimately, the main benefit of caching is faster web pages. And faster web pages lead to a better user experience, which means happier website visitors. Multiple studies have shown that users visit more pages on a website when it loads faster.

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Hello from Chad

Chad Bock | August 31, 2016 | Culture

Content Delivery Network? Did you know that many of us access content from a CDN every day? I didn’t, until a few weeks ago when a friend told me about an opportunity at a company who is pioneering the latest and greatest in content delivery networks. To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely certain what a CDN was but decided it was worth looking into. Fast forward 2 weeks and I am embarking on an exciting new journey as the newest member of the team.

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Ensuring Your SSL Certificate is Setup on Magento

Stewart McGrath | August 30, 2016 | CDNs 101, Security, Magento

A Study of how Magento Websites use SSL for HTTPS Recently, section.io studied a random sample of around 330 websites running on Magento Enterprise, the leading eCommerce solution for large businesses.

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The cost of HTTP 404 Page Not Found

Jason Stangroome | August 26, 2016 | Caching, Security, Performance, Varnish Cache

Reducing 404 error pages on your website Do you know how many resources are consumed by your origin web servers to determine that a requested URL is non-existent and render the Not Found response page? Many site owners cannot answer this question, and most of the time this is fine because a well-managed site will rarely need to serve a 404 under normal conditions.

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Five Questions to Ask Before Buying a Content Delivery Network

Pete Jordan | August 24, 2016 | CDNs 101, Agile

What is a Content Delivery Network? Currently, more than 50 percent of the Web’s traffic is being run through Content Delivery Networks. Most CDNs have similar basic features that provide improved website security, performance, and scalability, but some go about this in different ways than others, and some CDNs focus on one specific aspect of web optimization - for example, blocking bots and protecting against attacks. To help you negotiate the CDN landscape, here are five questions we think you should consider before investing in your next CDN.

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How music-streaming site Orfium used Varnish Cache to improve page performance

Michael Petychakis | August 22, 2016 | Varnish Cache, Case Studies, Caching, Agile, Performance

Background: Implementing Varnish Cache with section.io. Orfium is a new music platform which combines some of the best features of existing platforms such as SoundCloud, Bandcamp and Beatport, allowing users to share their tracks, promote them and sell downloads. In addition, it promises to introduce a range of interesting new options for music makers and labels, including the payment of streaming royalties and the ability to upload DJ mixes while compensating all artists whose music is included.

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