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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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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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Top Tips to Speed Up Your Website

Roxana Elliott | November 15, 2016 | Performance, Marketing

Speed is one of the most important elements of any website: slow websites lead to higher bounce rates and decreased conversions, and as more and more transactions are performed through websites and mobile applications, users expect fast load times and a seamless browsing experience. But website speed is often overlooked because it may involve several teams (marketing, web development, and back-end tech support), or is passed over for more obvious website revamps such as design.

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Cyber Monday, Singles Day, and How Ecommerce Sites Prepare for Peak Load

Roxana Elliott | November 10, 2016 | E-commerce, Marketing, Performance

Each year, more and more people conduct their shopping online, buying everything from holiday gifts and clothing to household essentials and even groceries through websites or mobile applications. Several trends have emerged out of this shopping phenomenon, including online-only businesses which undercut brick-and-morter costs and subscription services that send goods monthly.

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Is Excellent Website Performance Achievable With Your CDN?

Danny Randa | November 08, 2016 | Performance, Caching

For years, companies have been turning to Content Delivery Networks to address all their website performance needs, from page speed and scalability to security. Caching content globally, which originally was the main purpose of CDNs, has undoubtedly helped create a faster and more scalable internet, but are CDNs living up to their lofty promises? Is it possible to achieve excellent website performance by simply using a CDN? Does the performance improvement offered by most CDNs justify the thousands of dollars they cost a month?

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Are more PoPs better?

Roxana Elliott | November 02, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching, Performance

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.

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The SEO Benefits of Having a Fast Website

Roxana Elliott | October 24, 2016 | Performance, Marketing

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is an area filled with ever-changing recommendations from a wide range of sources. At it’s core, SEO is the practice of websites improving their rank in search engines by adhering to best practices including providing relevant content, using keywords and meta-tags, having good on-page user experience, and being linked to by other websites. Google’s PageRank is a famously mysterious algorithm which is constantly changing, making it difficult for websites to know how to appear on the coveted first page of search results.

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Tools to Measure Website Performance

Danny Randa | October 20, 2016 | Performance, Marketing

How to Measure Website Performance: Now that we know what to measure we need to know how to actually go about it. This is actually a bit more complicated than you might expect, as there are several types of tools that are better in certain circumstances than others. Remember that every time a user interacts with your website, the conditions can be very different.

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Overview of Website Performance and How to Measure Website Speed

Danny Randa | October 18, 2016 | Performance, Marketing

As more and more of our interactions with companies move from the real world to digital spaces, website performance has become a primary concern for business of all shapes and sizes. Website performance, however, could mean a lot of different things to different people depending on what type of good or service they are offering. Some businesses that handle sensitive information, like banks or government agencies, could be most concerned with security and reliability and consider that to be an element of website performance.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How a leading online beauty store increased sales

Roxana Elliott | August 16, 2016 | Case Studies, Performance, E-commerce

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

Tommy Nguyen | August 11, 2016 | Caching, Performance, CDNs 101

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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Quick Analysis of ABS Census Outage

Stewart McGrath | August 09, 2016 | Security, Performance, Caching

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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Website Milliseconds Matter – But Why?

Stewart McGrath | July 01, 2016 | Marketing, Caching, Performance

The evidence is conclusive; website page load time matters. The faster your website the more revenue your website will generate. Amazon and Google have studied this phenomenon. We have studied it and recently FT.com produced a great summary of their findings.

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Long TTFB with HTTP2 in WebPageTest

Shaun Guo | June 28, 2016 | Performance

WebPageTest is a common tool that is used by us and our clients to examine site performance. It generates a beautifully detailed waterfall with great information on each request.

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Announcing free hosted DNS

Melissa Kilbourne | June 22, 2016 | CDNs 101, Security, Performance

We have recently released two new features that make it easier to utilize section.io’s CDN for your website. There are two requirements to start serving traffic over section.io:

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3rd party JavaScripts and impact on page load speed

Shaun Guo | June 08, 2016 | Performance

3rd party JavaScripts can be great. Scripts such as conversion trackers like Google Analytics are great for the marketing team and management. There are scripts out there that conduct AB testing, such as Optimizely. Other scripts help users navigate the site such as auto complete input for search bars, or promoting pages via social networking like Facebook or Pinterest.

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Should a Product Manager have Page Load Time as a KPI?

Melissa Kilbourne | June 06, 2016 | Marketing, Performance

As a digital product manager, a key responsibility is to prioritize engineering projects based on business metrics or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs are typically conversion or engagement related, such as activation rate, monthly active users, or new paying customers. A product manager can then prioritize projects based on a cost-benefit analysis - ie. the project’s impact to these KPIs vs the project’s level of effort required.

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PageSpeed Insight scores vs real world performance

Shaun Guo | June 01, 2016 | Performance, Metrics

One of the current go-to tools for people when trying to make their sites fast is Google’s PageSpeed Insights.

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Turning Off 100,000+ CDN POPs

Matthew Johnson | May 30, 2016 | Performance, CDNs 101, Caching

What does it look like to turn off 100,000+ CDN PoPs?

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May the Fourth

Melissa Kilbourne | May 04, 2016 | Culture, Performance

May the Fourth be with you!

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