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Thread: Just integrated a CDN to my WP blog!

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    Default Just integrated a CDN to my WP blog!

    Hey guys!

    I figured I'd share my experiences since adding a CDN to my blog. If you don't know what a CDN is basically it takes your images, css, javascript, and other static files and puts them on a network of servers around the world. So say your webhost is in Seattle and somebody from London visits your website. They make an initial connection to the Seattle server, but receive all the static files from a server in the UK. This drastically increases the load speed of your page for them.

    The CDN I'm using costs me 6.45 a month. I have a lot of javascript and images, and I'm using geo-location on my site to target visitors from around the world, so I can justify the price. Also, hopefully as my site grows this will decrease the likelihood of a crash as my server will not have to work nearly as hard.

    They have this free WordPress plugin called W3 Total Cache that pretty much does all the work for you. Here's the guide I used to help me with the initial setup.

    http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/ho...for-beginners/

    I noticed a huge increased in my google pagespeed insight score since adding the CDN & W3 Total Cache, but there's still a few issues I'm trying to work out.
    https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

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    I am using JetPack for image caching. It puts all your images on the WordPress.com network. They don't charge for that service. Probably not as good as your paid product but still it is caching images across all their servers. Unfortunately, it is images only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STB View Post
    I am using JetPack for image caching. It puts all your images on the WordPress.com network. They don't charge for that service. Probably not as good as your paid product but still it is caching images across all their servers. Unfortunately, it is images only.
    Awesome, sounds like a great free alternative for images. I'll have to look into it more.

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    Good for you. Any reason you decided to pay verses using Cloudflare? (Other than the obvious "you get what you pay for" sometimes with free stuff)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa View Post
    Good for you. Any reason you decided to pay verses using Cloudflare? (Other than the obvious "you get what you pay for" sometimes with free stuff)
    Hey Lisa. I tried Cloudflare a few months ago and it wasn't performing as well as I had hoped. Your response prompted me revisit, and lead me to an interesting blogpost. http://andrescholten.net



    I'm going to do some testing over the next week.

    1. No CDN
    2. CloudFlare
    3. MaxCDN
    4. MaxCDN + CloudFlare

    I'm Also considering checking out incapsula.
    http://www.bizety.com/2014/03/21/inc...oudflare-2014/

    I'll post my results on here afterwards.

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    W3 ToTal Cache puts a lot of crap in your WordPress plugin directory. I really didn't like W3 at all. I like this idea of cloud caching though, it seems like it would indeed increase load speed.

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