Faster sites tend to get higher ranks in the Google search engine, reduces bounce rate and increases the chances of attracting more traffic to the site. And this purpose can be achieved by a CDN that provides faster browsing experience to users.
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What exactly is a CDN?
When you set-up a CDN, your site’s static content is copied to different servers across a geographical area, and thus when visitors lands on your site, the static content is loaded from the server that is near to them.
5 Top CDN Providers You Must Be Aware Of
Below is the list of top CDN providers in current market, you can choose any one of them to increase your website speed.
It is one of the most sought-after and highly recognized CDN provider that is trusted by some niche brands like The Washington Times, Mobify, WP Engine and a few others. If you’ve used W3 Total Cache or are familiar with the plugin, then setting up MaxCDN will be a cakewalk for you.
The MaxCDN has servers located in US, UK, Australia and China, and plan to have more edge locations. Using 15TB bandwidth makes you qualified for a free trial of MaxCDN service. However, its basic plan is available for $9 a month and provides 100BG bandwidth for two sites.
In comparison to some CDNs, CloudFlare will not ask you to pay for bandwidth usage. That’s because, the company that has designed Cloudfare CDN believe that once your website gets popular or is attacked by hackers, you shouldn’t have to worry about paying your bandwidth bill. CloudFlare has 28 data centers worldwide. CloudFare CDN caches the static files automatically and store the files in the data center that is nearest to your visitors (when the files need to be delivered). And then, it utilizes a technology called “Anycast” routing your users to the closest data center.
CloudFlare comes with a basic free plan, and its premium plans are available at $20/month for the first site and $5/month for the subsequent sites.
This is another well-known CDN that promises to deliver your static files including images, video, CSS and much more up to 10 times faster compared to other CDN providers. The best part is that the company provide 100% money back guarantee in case of unavailability of the network. LG, Adobe and Microsoft to name a few are some of CacheFly’s clients.
It’s made available for a 30-day free trial. But in order to purchase its monthly plan you’ll have to spend $99 that comes with 256GB bandwidth and 1000MB storage.
A dedicated WordPress user would have knowledge about the Jetpack plugin. The company that has designed the Jetpack plugin has introduced some improvements and included a free CDN service called Photon. In order to activate this service, you’ll first have to download and install the Jetpack plugin, and later you can enable its Photon module. Remember that Photon only caches files available in GIF, PNG and JPG format.
It’s available for free.
Amazon Web Services
Pricing: Amazon S3 storage starts at 3 cents per gigabyte for standard storage. Amazon CloudFront pricing starts at 12 cents per month for the first 10 terabytes, with separate pricing for regions outside the US.
Amazon S3 is a cost-effective storage solution that makes web-scale computing hassle-free for developers. “Amazon CloudFront” is a CDN that provides developer with the access to the highly secure and reliable infrastructure that Amazon uses for running its own globally located sites.
The Amazon free usage plan comes with 5GB of Amazon S3 storage and 15BG of data transfer available for each month (for up to 12 months). The AWS premium plan pricing starts at 3 cents/GB for standard storage. While the Amazon CloudFront CDN plan is available at 12 cents/month.
Unlike the past few years, where websites only had access to single server, CDNs have introduced drastic changes to how static content is delivered, and ensures faster load time of sites. However, it’s very important to choose the right CDN. If you’re running an enterprise-level WordPress powered site, then you should choose MaxCDN or Amazon S3 CDN. On the other hand, for small scale sites you can choose CloudFare, or photon.
Author Bio: Ben Wilson is an regular blogger cum programmer. Presently he is spreading his wings with WordPrax Ltd. – A growing WordPress development service company. He acquires extensive expertise in converting PSD to WP theme and loves sharing knowledge’s about latest buzz in WordPress market.