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Yesterday, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) S3 web-based storage service suffered a several-hours-long outage that led to half of the Internet melting down (with the other half Googling “what is s3”). While AWS isn’t as commonly-known as Amazon’s shopping site, its popularity became evident yesterday when the Internet became difficult for people to use--not only were sites unavailable, many services (like Slack and Trello) were affected and users of IoT devices were left sitting in the dark. ...

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Today we are excited to launch two new features for Rigor Monitoring to help people quickly analyze and share performance data: an all new Date/Time Picker, and Shareable Links. We have created an all new Date/Time Picker. This is a big improvement over the old approach. The date/time picker was designed specifically to streamline the most useful and common options for our customers. The first big improvement is for selecting custom date ranges. Rigor has always allowed you to select a custo...

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Why Web Performance Matters in eCommerce

Victoria Williams

The average shopper expects your site to load in less than two seconds. If your site hasn’t loaded in three seconds, you will have lost up to 40% of your viewers. Nearly one in five consumers expect a site to load “instantaneously.” Source: Kissmetrics At the same time, users have high expectations for your site’s features. Not only do consumers expect to see a large number of detailed product images, they expect the latest and greatest from your site in t...

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Optimizing Your Magento Installation

Victoria Williams

Given that four in ten Americans leave a mobile shopping site if it takes longer than three seconds to load, speed is of the essence if you run an eCommerce website. If your site is powered by Magento, you can easily improve its performance with the use of select plugins called Extensions. These are readily available for you to use via Magento Connect. Prior to adding any Extensions to your Magento installation, consider upgrading to the latest version. With the release of Magento 2.X earlier this...

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Testing for performance is only half the battle. At some point, you must actually implement performance optimizations and compare results to make sure your site is getting faster. Sometimes you want to test out an optimization, such as using a different CDN or loading assets from a different system. Other times you want to understand if a specific piece of third party content is a single point of failure. In this post we'll discuss two methods for testing optimizations without making major changes to your site's source code: Using DNS Ov...

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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 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. ...

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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. L...

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