I Am Now Using CDN For My WordPress Blogs (And Why You Should Too)
Recently, as I host more sites on my hosting account my sites started to load slow and were having down time several times a week for few minutes which was very bad.
It can cause both loyal and potential audience not to visit my sites again.
Take note that viewers are impatient to view a slow website.
Who wants to waste time viewing a busy or down page, when there’s a lot more sites to view? As a viewer, I am impatient too. I leave sites that take time to load.
But that isn’t the only disadvantage of having site that loads slowly or that has several down times, it can also lead to:
- ) Increased hosting cost
- ) Penalized in Google Search
So, having slow sites was what I was worrying these past few weeks. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do. I thought of not renewing my hosting plan to opt for any of the solutions I had which were:
- Changing my hosting provider. But, this would be so inconvenient because I would have to move everything to the new host unless I pay for migration service.
- Upgrading my hosting plan. I thought that upgrading my plan would be the solution — but I checked my hosting status and found that I still have more Disk space and Bandwidth.
I discussed this to my hosting provider and I was told that my sites’ issue isn’t related to disk space or bandwidth but with computer usage which is a common problem with shared hosting. I also researched and asked suggestions from other bloggers or website owners about this problem until I encountered CDN.
I’ve encountered CDN several times before, but never exerted an effort to Google what this mean and what this for. I never thought this confusing term would be my hero today. CDN is short for Content Delivery Network. It is a network of servers that deliver cached static content from websites to users based on the geographic location of the user.
Let’s say, my host server is located somewhere in Asia, specifically in India. Every user from all over the world that would visit my sites has to access this one web host server which is located in India. The users accessing from countries that are too far from India like Russia or Canada may experience slow speed as they access my site because they have to pass through several internet hops just to reach my web host server. If my site receives high traffic, then it would lead to overloading of my web host server which would cause server crash or down time of your sites.
When your site has CDN, your site’s viewers will be redirected to servers near their area which reduces internet hops. Let’s say, a viewer from London will visit your website which is hosted on server located in India. The viewer from London will access your site through the closest server without having to access the original server which is in India.
The advantages of CDN are not limited to having a speedy site but it also reduces the risks of having server crash, increases SEO and improves user experience.
Why You Should Use CDN For Your WordPress Blog?
- You will save money.
- You will be able to provide better experience to your viewers
- It will help you increase your SEO because Google loves speedy sites
- It can distribute the load, save bandwidth and boost performance of your website.
- It will provide your viewers a Global experience — because they will be able to access your website through the server closest to them.
Now, you may be convinced to use CDN for your sites but wondering how to start. CDN is either inexpensive or expensive depends on your needs, but the good news is it can also be FREE!
I’m currently using the Free plan offered by Cloudfare. I have plans to upgrade it for my hosting business and multiple sites. But, for now free plan works just as great! Of course premium plans have a lot and greater advantages but having this free plan will bring great improvement to your website which is a lot better than having no CDN at all.
To know more about how to set-up Cloudfare’s free plan with your WordPress website, then just read WP Beginner’s tutorial.
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