How many queues do you need?
This depends on the architecture of your site or sites and their bottlenecks.
If you have separate sites using different machines, you'll need multiple queues and virtual waiting rooms which may have different waiting times within the same queue system. If, on the other hand, you have several webservers drawing from a single database machine, then a single queue should be all you need.
The other factor in play is what the business requires from its queue. This can cover a range of eventualities.
- A simple safeguarding solution to protect busy websites and server performance.
- When serving the same content to differently branded domains or in different languages.
- You have allocated VIP status to visitors you want to receive the fastest service.
- Various campaigns run from the same set of machines, using different brands, countries, or promotions.
- Specific events that require their own queues and virtual waiting rooms.
Customising your queues to brand the waiting room experience
As with all of our deliverable pages and queue displays, customisation is simple and straightforward with our queue management system. Branding, colours, and text are only the start. We give you access to the HTML code so you can take as much control over the look and feel as you want for a complete enterprise solution. With Queue-Fair you can provide fully branded customer journeys through your waiting lines with the highest service quality - it's the perfect queuing system.
4. Joining a queue
For example, a direct link from an email campaign and a server-side adapter on your website can drive users to the same queue, for a consistent customer journey. You can even use client-side and server-side adapters on the same page!
5. Leaving a queue
Visitors leaving a queue or joining the site directly without seeing a Virtual Waiting Room (Queue Page) are labelled as Passed. Passed visitors don't stay that way forever. They receive a passed string or a cookie from the virtual queuing system with a given lifetime that you decide. This protects them from having to re-join a waiting room they've already been through while allowing you the ability to have them join the same waiting room on subsequent visits in the future, for an improved customer journey.
6. Network-Edge, Server-side and client-side adapters
Network-edge adapters run on your CDN or Cloud provider, before requests even reach your origin server - ideal and secure protection for when things get busy. You can install the Network-edge adapter just once and then fully administer your queues with the Queue-Fair Portal.
Server-side adapters require a small amount of library code installed on the webserver. This code downloads and stores the Queue-Fair settings you decide and set up using the Queue-Fair Portal. The code manages HTTP requests for the pages on your site, redirecting visitors to our Queue-Servers whenever they qualify.
A client-side adapter requires no server-side code, but a simple single line of HTML code added to the
7. Direct links
A direct link sends a visitor straight to the queue they need to join on their customer journey. If fewer visitors arrive in the queue system than the SafeGuard Rate, they are sent directly to the target page without ever seeing the Queue Page.
If you’d like even more information, get a copy of our Technical Guide that describes the Queue-Fair queue system in full
Despite labelling this article as a deeper-dive into our standalone queue system, we have to admit it's barely scraped the surface. There's only a limited amount of information we can deliver in one short article on a Virtual Waiting Room queue management system, after all. The details provided in this article are merely a summary of our Queue-Fair Technical Guide.
You can download a full copy of the guide from our website. If you’re considering joining the Queue-Fair family, we’d heartily recommend it.
There's a host of information that will put both beginners' and tech-experts' minds at rest, giving you the confidence that with the Queue-Fair queue management system in place, your systems are safe from overloading and costly losses from system crashes because of our queue management technology. Our support staff will be happy to provide any other resources into our queue management technology and services you may need—get in touch with our office by any of the usual contact methods.