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You've heard it before: it's never too early to prepare for worst-case scenarios on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (or other high-load days) so that you can avoid or mitigate critical issues and site failures. And it's an inescapable truth that if you don't have holiday readiness plans in place well in advance, you may have just enough time to discover why your site is lagging or crashing but not enough time to address issues, improve the user experience, and avoid as many problems as possible that are within your control. What you may be ove...

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Holiday Shopping Week: Performance Review

Melanie Crissey

Holiday shopping week is game time for web performance teams at eCommerce companies. While the holiday shopping season seems to start earlier and end later each year, we still see concentrated web traffic during big promotions throughout the week of Thanksgiving and into the beginning of December. It’s critical that sites perform well under load and in conjunction with high cost advertising and promotions. This year Rigor ran proactive monitoring tests to watch the uptime and availability of...

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Today is the first day of December. Holiday shopping is in full swing. Black Friday, the most highly anticipated shopping day of the year, is behind us. This year, one of the trends receiving a lot of attention is the lengthening of Black Friday deals and the ever-creeping holiday shopping season. In the 1950’s, Black Friday began as a shopping phenomena. Large numbers of tourists heading into cities ahead of Saturday football games would squeeze their holiday shopping on the same trip. Some cities...

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Optimize Your Holiday Image Inventory

Chapman Lever

Over the years various researchers and organizations have released tons of stats and case studies that correlate site latency with diminished revenue. The question no longer is "does performance matter?" Instead, the question is has become "how do I make my website faster?" I have written a few blogs detailing technologies and techniques that retailers can use to improve the performance of their websites and web applications. Today, I want to address a very specific problem that will solve, or at least drastically improve, poor performan...

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