Performance & Scalability

Static Object and Image Caching

Improve page load time and application scalability by serving static objects directly from an edge cache, avoiding the need to retrieve them from your web server.

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Speed up your application with static caching.

By caching static objects, you can improve website load time for better user experience, and increased revenue. See how page speed improvements of just 1-2 seconds can lower bounce rate and increase page views.

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Images and static objects often make up a large part of your page load time, and caching these objects can dramatically speed up overall page load time. Users receive a better on-page experience when pages load quickly, and thus are more likely to stay on the page and browse to additional pages.

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Faster page load times improve search engine rankings, meaning your pages are more likely to show higher up in search results on Google and other search engines. Get a leg up on the competition by improving overall page load time.

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By caching static objects and images you will serve this content directly from the Section Edge Compute Platform. This reduces the number of requests made to your web servers. As a result of the decreased load on your origin servers, you will be able to lower your hosting costs.

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Faster pages help you achieve reduced bounce rates and increase both the number of pages viewed and conversion rates. Section customers have seen conversion rate improvements of 16.5% (and more) simply by improving page load time.

Section gives you control over caching.

Section gives you full control over how you cache static objects, images, and dynamic content, along with the ability to instantly clear cache when changes are made. This means that with Section, you can more efficently cache more content, for better overall application performance.

Section’s real-time metrics and logs and local development also reduce any perceived risk associated with caching a large amount of content on your website. By giving you the ability to test before deployment and immediately identify issues via logs and metrics, applications using Section cache more content and scale faster.

Technical Details

Static Caching

Section offers several unmodified versions of the powerful caching software Varnish Cache for caching both static objects and dynamic content. You can deploy Section’s Edge Compute Platform with Varnish Cache on the Section global cloud network, on-premise, on a custom PoP network, and in Section’s Developer PoP for local development and testing.

The Edge Compute Platform provides toggles for configuring static object and image caching, allowing you to quickly configure static caching for your entire web application. Section also provides you with the ability to edit your VCL file directly to configure more advanced cache settings. The cache can be cleared instantly in the Section portal or using the Section API.

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