Why Aren’t You Using A Content Delivery Network?


Are you using a CDN on your site? A CDN (content delivery network / content distribution network) allows you serve content to your end-users lightning-fast. In this day and age when search engine rankings are affected by page load times, you need to utilize every edge to stay ahead of the competition.

Here’s how a CDN works. They take your static assets like images & style sheets and deliver them from their various data centers around the world. Their servers have fast SSDs, plenty of memory, and enough processors to handle any traffic spikes you might get. They have plenty of peering partners worldwide and direct reach into over 90 countries to deliver your files quickly. And their network is driven by an optimized TCP/IP stack, which allows them to have the capacity to handle any kind of load.

The following video explains how it works:

As you may know, I host a number of sites with The Rackspace Cloud, as I needed a scalable platform that could handle massive traffic spikes (like the 40K visitors that hit our site the other day). The worst thing that can happen to you is having a burst of traffic taking down your server, and losing out on those visitors.

The downside to having a cloud server is that it’s expensive! The more bandwidth we use, the higher our bill goes. In an attempt to bring down these costs, I started looking at various CDNs and talking to webmaster that were using these services. In the end, I settled on MaxCDN, which integrates perfectly with the W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin.

Prior to this, I was simply using WP Super Cache. And while it did a decent job, the combination of MaxCDN and W3 Total Cache took my sites to a whole other level!

MaxCDN served up my static files (CSS, JPG, JS, etc) from their ultra-fast servers, which in turn reduced the load on my own server. The result was NOTICABLY faster page load times for my users, and a substantial reduction in our monthly hosting bill. The first month alone, our hosting bill dropped by over $100!

Considering I only paid $39.95 for the YEAR, MaxCDN had paid for itself many times over in just the first month. The starter plan ($39.95/yr) gives you 1TB of bandwidth per year, and overages cost $0.069 per 1GB.

For businesses that need substantially more bandwidth, they offer a business plan ($79/month) that gives you 1TB of bandwidth per month! I can only hope that my traffic gets to the point where I need that kind of bandwidth. 🙂

So what are you waiting for? My only regret was that I waited so long to jump on the CDN bandwagon. They’ve got a 30-day money back guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

Sign up today, you won’t be sorry.

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