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Best Ways to Reduce Server Response Times

Victoria Williams

Server bottlenecks aren’t typically the cause of slow load times, but this doesn’t mean that your server response times have no impact. In fact, server load times can impede performance. This is why we recommend that you devote time to optimizing this area. How are you defining server response times? In short, server response time (SRT) is the amount of time it takes for the web browser to receive a response. The clock begins as soon as the web browser makes the request. According to Google’s PageSpeed Insights, your server respon...

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Defining the Problem What is DevOps? Ask five different people for a definition of DevOps and you’ll likely get five different answers. You might hear a description of processes and workflows. Maybe you'd get an explanation of job titles ranging from software developers to other IT professionals. As is evident from the wide range of answers, there is no industry-standard definition or definitive step-by-step “how-to guide” for DevOps. Just like every company is different, every DevOps system is different. Each organization will likely ha...

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Foundations of Faster Websites

Victoria Williams

At the same time that more and more people are transitioning to mobile devices that run on slower networks, users are expecting to see better sites running quickly and efficiently. The costs, both monetary and otherwise, resulting from performance issues relating to your site are high, and legacy techniques aren’t necessary sufficient to solve the issues you’re facing. It can be hard to know where to start in terms of speeding up your site, so this article discusses ten different techniques you can use to improve your pages’ performance...

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Web Perfectionist 101: Avoiding Redirects

Jennifer Carlson

In this week's Web Perfectionist video, learn how to avoid costly redirects. https://rigor-2.wistia.com/medias/ibna3hz59a Redirects and site speed have a significant impact on user experience, find out how your website is performing....

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How to Use Request Headers in API Checks

Melanie Crissey

In previous posts we covered why it’s important to monitor APIs and how to monitor and validate data from APIs. In this post we’ll focus on a simple but key feature that helps Rigor users create robust checks for availability, response time, and multi-step processes: Request Headers What is a Request Header? When we talk about Request Headers, we’re referring to fields passed along in the header sections of HTTP requests. Request Headers can include rules and settings to define how an HTTP transaction should operate. There is a standar...

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How to Prioritize Visual Content

Jennifer Carlson

Users are aware of how long they have to wait before they see a loaded website, but even a large page that utilizes a lot of resources can be seen as fast and responsive if you give priority to loading your most important content first. In this article, we will analyze several live sites using Rigor’s monitoring tools. Then, using the information gained, we will cover techniques you can use to prioritize the rendering of your visual content to give your users the best possible experience. A Real World Example One popular website is the Ne...

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Rigor Values in Action

Jennifer Carlson

We know that company culture is about more than the perks - it’s about the people we work with and the way we treat each other every day. From day one, Rigor has always focused on hiring positive, supportive, self-starting people. And as part of the community at Atlanta Tech Village, we honor the Village’s core values: Be Nice. Dream Big. Work Hard, Play Hard. Pay It Forward. And as we continued to grow as a company we found that there’s something specific about the way we do business together that makes us unique from our peers. Last...

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