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Improve Time to First Byte with HTML Streaming

Stewart McGrath | July 12, 2017 | Varnish Cache, Caching

section.io is pleased to introduce HTML Streaming, a new feature which allows for dramatic improvement of the Time to First Byte and Start Render time without needing to cache the full HTML document. While section.io already gives users the power to cache full HTML documents and provides a Developer PoP for testing before going to production, we understand some websites don’t want to change their source code to allow for the full HTML Document to be cached. That’s where HTML Streaming comes in.

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Front End Optimizations for Better Performance

Roxana Elliott | July 05, 2017 | Varnish Cache, Caching

When it comes to page load time, there are two distinct parts that any website manager or developer should consider: The back end load time and the front end load time. Back end load time is important because it is the time a website visitor is waiting before any information from your website is sent to their browser.

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How to Cache Static Content with Varnish Cache

Roxana Elliott | June 29, 2017 | Varnish Cache, Caching

Varnish Cache is a popular tool due to how quickly it delivers content from the cache and how flexible it can be. Using Varnish’s domain-specific language, Varnish Configuration Language (VCL), users can cache both static and so-called “dynamic” content, also known as the HTML document.

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Varnish Cache Tutorial with section.io

Danny Randa | June 13, 2017 | Varnish Cache, Performance

Varnish Cache is a modern, flexible HTTP accelerator that speeds up websites by caching both static and dynamic content. Varnish is an open source tool that can also be deployed on content delivery solutions such as section.io, and it has grown in popularity in the past several years because it is faster and more configurable than older solutions like Nginx and Squid.

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What is a Varnish Cache Hit for Pass?

Matthew Johnson | May 31, 2017 | Performance, Varnish Cache

When using Varnish Cache one of the most important things you need to understand is how and why various requests get labelled as they do. A “cache hit” and “cache miss” are easily understood - a cache hit is a request which is successfully served from the cache, and a cache miss is a request that goes through the cache but finds an empty cache and therefore has to be fetched from the origin.

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section.io Adds Varnish Cache 5.1.2 to Content Delivery Grid

Roxana Elliott | April 20, 2017 | Varnish Cache, Performance

section.io is pleased to announce we have added several additional Varnish Cache versions to our Content Delivery Grid. When setting up with section.io, users can choose the reverse proxies they run and the versions of those proxies. section.io is committed to offering unmodified open-source software and not “locking in” users to a specific reverse proxy version. That’s why we now offer 7 Varnish Cache versions and additional options with VCL for static caching and Magento-specific capabilities.

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Under the Hood - What Reverse Proxy is your CDN using?

Danny Randa | December 16, 2016 | CDNs 101, Caching, Varnish Cache

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.

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Varnish Cache for Magento 2 - Configuration Suggestions

Matthew Johnson | December 09, 2016 | Magento, Varnish Cache, Caching

Magento 2, a complete reconfiguration of the popular ecommerce platform, is built for speed and is a vast improvement in website performance over Magento 1.x versions. One of the major differences in Magento 2 is that it is built to integrate with Varnish Cache, an extremely fast http-accelerator that is configurable to cache a variety of content, from static objects such as pictures to Javascript snippets and even full HTML documents.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Magento Varnish Metrics 101

Melissa Kilbourne | July 21, 2016 | Varnish Cache, Magento

section.io recently released a new Magento extension that provides visibility for business managers to see their magento varnish cache metrics without having to login to the section.io application. You can get the extension for your Magento website by going to the Magento Marketplace.

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Canonical bare domains and cookies

Jason Stangroome | June 21, 2016 | Varnish Cache, Caching, Security

Suppose you bought the domain name “example.com” for your website. Will your visitors enter www.example.com or just the bare domain example.com in their browser’s address bar to access your site?

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Integrating Magento with section.io's CDN for Performance Metrics

Daniel Bartholomew | May 06, 2016 | Varnish Cache, Caching, Magento

Magento loves Varnish Cache, and Magento 2 especially loves Varnish Cache.

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Contributing back to the community

Jason Stangroome | April 21, 2016 | Varnish Cache, Caching

Varnish Cache was the first reverse proxy offered by section.io and, for many of us, it is our favourite because it always just works and gives great results.

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Reducing the risk of change

Jason Stangroome | April 14, 2016 | Varnish Cache, Caching

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Heading to 2016 Magento Imagine?

Stewart McGrath | April 09, 2016 | Magento, Varnish Cache,

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