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Using a Content Delivery Network

How Content Delivery Networks work and why to use one

Method Type:  User (Content)

 

Status: Must be applied by the user

 

Introduction:

 

A content delivery network (CDN) is a large system of proxy servers situated in multiple data centers across the world.

 

How content delivery networks (CDNs) work:

 

The CDN takes the content from the server, finds the closest location to the user the content can be located and moves it there. That way, when a user accesses the website he isn’t accessing the server but instead the proxy which is closer to him and gives him better connection with reduced latency and increased loading speed. CDNs can also absorb an extreme amount of traffic, which is helpful against DDOS attacks as it can mitigate and disperse the traffic through the CDN’s infrastructure which can filter and remove it afterwards.

 

Content delivery networks (CDNs) provide the following Advantages:

 

  • Reducing bandwidth cost
  • Improving Page load times
  • Increasing availability of content
  • Optimizing caching (deep caching)
  • Better protection against spam and DDoS
  • Server load-balancing

 

You can optimize only parts of your website with a CDN method if you so desire. For example if you wish to load your website’s JavaScript and CSS via a CDN you can do so by using this website. Here you can choose from a large variety of JavaScript and CSS by browsing the libraries, chose the one you will use on your website and parse them via the CDN url for maximum performance.

 

FastComet is officially partnered with ClouldFlare – The leader in the CDN market that provides fast and safe content delivery. For more information on how to set up your website with ClouldFlare please check out our ClouldFlare tutorial.