Basically a CDN pulls your files from your server and then distributes them to visitors via servers closest to their connection. For example, if your web server is located in Dallas, Texas then someone visiting your website from Canada is going to have to wait longer for the page to load then someone down in Houston. A CDN eliminates this by connecting that Canadian visitor with a server closer to their location.
As defined by Wikipedia: A content delivery network (CDN) is a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers in the Internet. The goal of a CDN is to serve content to end-users with high availability and high performance. CDNs serve a large fraction of the Internet content today, including web objects (text, graphics, URLs and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, on-demand streaming media, and social networks.
Now that you understand what a CDN let’s talk about the one we decided to use. Several members of our Private Community have been touting MaxCDN as they’re holding an August promotion titled “Speed Awareness Month” offering your first terabyte of bandwidth for FREE (normally $70). If you’re like most Internet marketers you have no problem dropping a couple grand a day on traffic but dammit if you want to spend that $70 for extra speed. For the next couple of hours you can take advantage of their special promotion.
Once we signed up with MaxCDN we found it very easy to implement as they have a step-by-step instruction guide that uses a WordPress plugin called W3-Total-Cache. So exactly how big of an effect did this have on our load time?
I don’t know about you but 31 seconds to 14 is a pretty big difference! For those of you wondering I performed the test using webpagetest.org as it seems fairly reliable.
In conclusion the entire process took about 30 minutes to setup and we’ve increased our load time more than 100%. In summary, here are the steps we took:
Four Easy Steps
- Signed up for MaxCDN’s Free Terabyte Promotion
- Installed W3-Total-Cache Plugin for WordPress
- Created A Pull Zone For Our Content
- Configured The Plugin Using Their Step-by-Step Guide
Anyways if you want to increase your websites performance that’s how we did it and the numbers don’t lie!
Just in-case you’re wondering this isn’t a paid review, we don’t do that here, but I did use our affiliate link.
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.