As you know speed is not only one of the main factor for your website business, it is also big factor to get your WordPress blog’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
What is CDN?
CDN is short for Content Delivery Network. It provides end users cached content of your websites based on geographical locations of the users.
From 90’s the Internet has progressed, and now it became almost like basic need of modern society. Everything in Internet depend on website. They present every kind of information, service, or whatever we can get from Internet.
These websites contain two major part, one is the address that known as domain, and the other is hosting that contains all the files and everything of that website. Websites are generally created by so many code and other tools but content management systems CMS make it easy to build website without coding hassle.
Big websites need good space for smooth operation. To improve site performance of high traffic website without affecting the quality of content, there is something called CDN (Content Delivery Network).
How CDN speed up your website/blog?
For example, let’s say your blog’s hosting provider is located in USA where all of your files, images located. Now when a user, from Europe comes to your site, they are requesting all the from USA server to Europe which takes time to render.
High quality images will even take more time to load in this scenario. But if you have CDN services, they will provide the same information from one of their Europe’s server which will be way faster for user to get all the information.
So basically CDN service providers will have all the files, images of your site in every server locations around the world.
And one of the best thing about CDN is, they can even provide users cache version of your sites even if your hosting company is down for some reasons. That means your sites is always up and running. no downtime to users at all. Isn’t that great? Of course it is.
Here is the List of Top 4 WordPress CDN Services
1 . MaxCDN/StackPath
MaxCDN has recently joined StackPath. All of the features including performance has been integrated into the StackPath platform. This is one of the well-known and widely used Content Delivery Network service provider.
- Content Delivery Network
- Build in security
- Web Application Firewall
- Managed DNS
MaxCDN is very easy to install in WordPress blog. It also easily integrates with popular WordPress Plugins like W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache.
Managing your MaxCDN account is very easy with their user-friendly control panel. It allows user to purge cache, view analytics reports, also adding SSL certificate so you can have secured websites which starts with HTTPS.
Its price starts from $10/month and up to $2000/month depending on the service and features you will be adding.
2 . CloudFlare
Cloudflare is known as a web performance and security company, that also provides online services to protect and accelerate websites online.
CloudFlare Offers a lot of quality features for its users with fair charge.
- Content Delivery Network
- Web Content Optimization
- Web Application Firewall
- DDOS Protection (DDoS meaning)
- HTTP/2 Server Push
- Image Optimization
- IPv6 Gateway
- SSL Security
- Spam Blocker
- Spam Check
- Website Security & many more.
In a sense, setting up the CDN in CloudFlare is easy or we can say user-friendly, because the service offers provisions for key WordPress plugins like W3 Total Cache. Set up the CloudFlare for WordPress involves simply turn on the CDN support as like activation of plugin and enter the CloudFlare URL to start using the service.
CloudFlare’s account is made up of simple tools so that users can use it to navigate and control their services. It also provides custom provisions like MAXCDN. In addition it help to activate and deactivate the service through easy access.
It’s price start from $20/month and up to $200/month, and the free plan offers a basic performance with security, besides free SSL and analytics.
3 . Google Cloud CDN
CDN of Google Cloud uses Google’s globally distributed edge points of existence to Cache HTTP or HTTPS load and balance the contents by using server close to the users. Caching contents of users at the edges of Google’s network can provide faster delivery of content to their users while it reduce serving costs. They started from 2015, and as new entrant in this business some features are not available like SLA’s and other compatibility functions.
Google have worldwide network so their service will be flexible and a lot of features will added with these.
Main advantage of google cloud CDN is that it can easily combine with the other google cloud services. This CDN also offers its user the liberty to invalidate content in a short time.
Google Cloud CDN is easy to set up, but it depend on whether you use other Google Cloud features or not. However, when you set up google CDN from scratch it will require some technical supports for enabling API and configuring billing system.
Account Management: Google Cloud have it’s console system. We use this console system to introduce our website with Google. This features also maintain by google console system. As a new market entrant the user-friendliness is typical and according to my knowledge they are not as satisfying as the top three CDNs.
Price of Google CDN depend on location and usage. They will charge you when serves your content. You will charged for bandwidth and HTTP/HTTPS requests.
Note: Google cloud CDN only and only works with Google load balancer & cloud storage origin. So this means that, if you are not hosting your application on GCP (Google Cloud Platform) then you will unable to use their CDN.
Amazon is a well-known brand and CloudFront is a global content delivery network (CDN) service that uses Amazon S3 and securely delivers data, applications, videos, and APIs to viewers of its users also with low latency but high transfer speed.
CloudFront is an online storage component that also have CDN server to store website information. This company has worldwide service and it is easy for them to use several server as they use 38 server locations for delivery network around South America, The United States, Asia and Europe.
In comparison to other CDN service provider like MaxCDN, Amazon CloudFront is a quality CDN based on its desirable features. As they claims if a user want he can use Amazon CloudFront to deliver all kind of his content including the dynamic portions of the site that change for each end-user.
- Control panel
- Origin Push
- Origin Pull
- GZIP Compression
- Custom Rules
- HTTP/2 Protocol
- Raw Access Logs
- Online signup
- Custom CNAMEs
- Shared SSL Certificates
- Custom SSL Certificates
- Wildcard SSL Certificates
- Support: Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free)
- Video On Demand (VoD)
- RTMP Streaming
Amazon CloudFront is a hard task than any other CDN. I am defining Amazon CloudFront as complicated by considering that their offer is meant for website developers. This is the reason it does not feature the user friendliness that we expect on a site like we get in other providers.
As we already know that Google have its own console system, Amazon also have its own console system like google known as AWS management console.
Amazon CloudFront is managed by this cloud console system. This console is also for multipurpose account that the users utilizes not only for manage CDN but also for the control of other AWS services.
Amazon CloudFront pricing is also based on multiple factors like data transfer, geographical region, and protocols request.
Choosing a CDN for your website can consider as one of the most important business decisions especially for an online business. This is really important to choose a network with good performance, security and great customer service, and of course you should select a CDN service provider who has more geographical coverage.