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How to Monitor your Microservices

Victoria Williams

In the cutthroat world of digital business, we know that end users drive both innovation and the pace of development. And as end users demand faster response times with deeper functionality from their applications, developers have had to shift their conceptual model of architecture to begin implementing a more modular approach. This is where microservices comes in – and their popularity is on the rise: In a survey of about 1,800 IT professionals, about one-third currently implement some form of microservices. This number is expected to grow...

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Optimization for eCommerce

Victoria Williams

Speed is everything when it comes to maximizing the revenue for your eCommerce site, since shoppers have no patience for a page that takes too long to load. As such, you should ensure that there aren’t issues keeping your site from being as fast as possible. One way that your marketing and development teams can increase page speeds is to leverage optimization scans to ensure that your key pages, including your homepage, search result pages, and product pages load quickly for desktop and mobile viewers. ...

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In this third installment of Web Perfectionist 101, Rigor's Billy Hoffman explains how to convert GIFs to MP4 to increase web performance. Simple changes can have huge impact on the weight of a page and the user experience that your clients perceive when they visit your site. Learn tips to quick fixes in this quick guide.  If you're interested in improving your web performance optimizations, try Rigor now. [embed]https://rigor-2.wistia.com/medias/gfigw53eha[/embed]...

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At Rigor, we believe in being proactive when it comes to managing performance. This means building internal processes and procedures that can help you operationalize a performance-first culture. Creating organizational performance budgets is one of the first steps in this process. When we think of a budget, what comes to mind is a regular financial budget that functions by giving you limits on spending for various categories. In a similar way, a performance budget in the tech world provides design parameters for the web designer to work with...

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Web Perfectionist 101: Optimizing HTML

Jennifer Carlson

In the first episode of our new series, Web Perfectionist 101, Rigor's Billy Hoffman explains why you should Optimize HTML for your site by focusing on Expedia.com.  Billy discusses how issues with untidy HTML can impact important speed KPIs such as start render. He also makes suggestions for how simple fixes can be implemented to make the website and dependent resources, such as images, CSS, and fonts fire faster:   https://rigor-2.wistia.com/medias/be26ytdylc#   If optimizing HTML is important t...

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How to Organize Your Synthetic Monitoring Tool

Kathryn O'Day

You bought synthetic monitoring, and you’re well on your way to becoming a #webperfectionist. You can’t wait to dive in and start setting up checks that will give you visibility into performance and will make recommendations on how to improve. You want to configure your account so you can quickly find checks and other users understand what they’re seeing.  You also want the setup to scale if you add more sites, monitors, or complexity; it should be simple to maintain over time.  Lastly, the structure should align with your business g...

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Monitoring Application Health over HTTP

Kyle Conarro

Requesting a static file from a web server is a quick, simple way to monitor application health. If we get a successful response (200), we know that the web server is up. But unless your site is composed of static files, ensuring the availability of the web server is only part of the equation. What if your application stopped running? What if your database is unavailable? Are users able to complete their tasks on your site? To better capture the health of your application, we can build and monitor a more comprehensive health check endpoint....

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