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.Read More
Demystifying Website Performance and Its Impact on Revenue
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.Read More
The difference between a 502, 503 and 504 error
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).Read More
The Varying Levels of DDoS Protection
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.Read More
Under the Hood - What Reverse Proxy is your CDN using?
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.Read More
Content Delivery Network Architecture
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.Read More
How CDNs Could Hurt Your Website Uptime
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.Read More
This week, section.io is at the DeFrag Conference in Broomfield, Colorado, a technology conference that focuses on those at the core of every technology company: developers. section.io was founded by developers, for developers, and was built out of a frustration with the way Content Delivery Networks make it difficult for developers to easily drive and test the performance and security tools CDNs offer. At DeFrag we are launching our “Free YXORP” campaign, a movement to unleash the power of reverse proxies, which have long been held captive by Content Delivery Networks.Read More
Are more PoPs better?
A common question in the Content Delivery World and one that we at section.io hear a lot is “How many PoPs does my website need?” To answer this question, first we will go into the background of CDN PoPs and why they were first utilized.Read More
section.io Introduces Community Forum
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.Read More
Cache Fundamentals Part 2 - What Content to Cache and Why
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.Read More
What is a Reverse Proxy?
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.Read More
Cache Fundamentals- What is Cached Data
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.Read More
Ensuring Your SSL Certificate is Setup on 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.Read More
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.Read More
Content Delivery Network - What's in a Name
Stewart McGrath | August 17, 2016 | CDNs 101
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Creating the Content Behind a Content Delivery Network
Greetings! Today I joined the team at section.io, a new type of content delivery network aimed at helping developers and marketers increase the speed and security of their websites. I’ll be working on the content surrounding the section.io product to make sure that anyone who is interested in CDNs is able to easily understand what they are, how they work, and why web performance will improve when you utilize one.Read More
A simple guide to supercharging your site with section.io
Jackson Roberts | July 05, 2016 | CDNs 101
If you operate a website, a massive wave of traffic can be a very appealing idea. However, such a wave can also knock your site offline, or leave it crawling at slow speeds.Read More
Can CDNs remain relevant in an Agile Development world?
83% of businesses have or are implementing agile development methodologies. The race here is run and agile is the answer.Read More
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