Have you heard of Content Delivery Network? Content Delivery Network, also known as CDN, is a connected group of servers that delivers cached static content from websites based on where the user is geographically located. A CDN is different from a WordPress hosting service. Having a WordPress hosting service is still necessary to build your website.
How Does CDN speed up WordPress?
When a user requests your website, all static resources are served through CDN servers. This decreases the load on your hosting server, making it quicker and more efficient. Static content is served through a network of servers located in different geographical locations around the world. Each user request is handled by a server closest to the user’s location. This reduces the page load speed, and your website becomes noticeably faster for all users.
Now, let’s talk about some of the top WordPress CDN services.
Top WordPress CDN Services for SEO
MaxCDN is, considered by many, the best WordPress CDN on the market. Their servers are have fast SSD drives and spread across data centers around the world. It is super easy to install and setup MaxCDN in WordPress. It works beautifully with popular WordPress caching plugins like W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache. You can manage your CDN with a beginner friendly control panel. It allows you to purge cache, view reports, setup locations, and more. MaxCDN also allows you to add SSL certificate or use a shared SSL certificate to make sure that your cached content is served through SSL/HTTPS. We have been using MaxCN on our websites for years. Many believe that it is the most reliable, fast, and beginner friendly WordPress CDN service. Prices start from $9 per month
Sucuri is a popular website security company. They provide a very strong WordPress firewall and CDN, which protects your website against DDOS attacks, malware, and other WordPress security threats. Their website application firewall scans all user requests to your website before it reaches your hosting server. This blocks many spam, malware, and DDOS attacks. On top of that, their “anycast” network is spread across the globe so your users are never far away from the fastest servers. Their firewall has 2 main benefits: speed and security. Pricing starts from $9.99 per month for a single website.
Cloudflare is most well known for their free CDN offering for for small websites. However, it’s important to note that their free plan includes limited DDoS protection and doesn’t have all the features included in their paid plans. It is easy to setup Cloudflare CDN in WordPress. It has a large network of globally distributed servers and it automatically caches static content. Cloudflare has an easy to use control panel to clean up cache and monitor performance. They also have an ‘I am under attack Mode’ feature. It shows users a security page for a few seconds while analyzing the traffic and sending them to your website. It’s an effective way to protect your website against DDoS attacks and traffic spikes. Pricing plans start from $20 per month.
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