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The cost of HTTP 404 Page Not Found



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



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



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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Content Delivery Network - What's in a Name



Birth of the Term “CDN” Nearly 20 years ago, Akamai launched the first content delivery network. They rocked the web world by distributing reverse proxy servers globally into a number of Points of Presence (PoPs) to act as content caches and ran a layer of DNS over the top to select the closest PoP to the user.

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How a leading online beauty store increased sales



One of the biggest benefits of having a content delivery network (CDN) for your website is the improvement in page speed and overall website performance. When section.io partnered with Adore Beauty, Australia’s leading online beauty shop, they were fast approaching holiday season and looking to improve their website performance during a critical time for web sales.

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Speed Means Sales



The importance of website performance is often overlooked, even though the Internet heavily influences many aspects of our daily lives. Over the past few months I have been investigating just how crucial and imperative optimal website performance is to the success of one’s company or organization.

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Top Five CDN Myths



Here are my top five CDN myths (for today) and a quick discussion of why they are not exactly true.

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Quick Analysis of ABS Census Outage



As we know, millions of Australians have not been able to lodge their Census online as the ABS Census site is offline.

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Why All Marketers Should Love CDNs



Today marks my first day as a member of the section.io team and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into the world of CDNs, reverse proxies, varnish cache, and web application firewalls. I will also fully admit that almost all of these words were completely foreign to me before I discovered section.io a few weeks ago.

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New Relic - How static resources can impact metrics



New Relic is one of the best tools that many of our clients use for performance monitoring, for both their internal infrastructure as well as performance of their sites through a CDN. To be able to accurately measure performance and impacts from deployments, New Relic needs to be setup correctly so the relevant metrics are not obfuscated by extraneous data.

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