Website owners are constantly trying to improve their website for end users and if you’re in the process of improving your website, a content delivery network (CDN) is an area you need to pay attention to. So, what are content delivery networks? A CDN is a method of replicating your website files to cache servers all around the world. This means users receive your website files from the server closest to them and often times these servers are drastically faster than your host server.
One extra second of load time can lose a client and considering how affordable CDN solutions are these days, it’s well worth looking into implementing one of the many offerings into your website. Let’s look at why.
- Faster load times: So the most obvious benefit is definitely faster load times. The last thing you want is a slow website because people just won’t wait. In an age of high speed internet, people are accustomed to zippy websites and it’s important not to get left behind. Depending on the current speed of your website, you can see drastic increases in speed.
- Traffic Management: Your website might manage fine day-to-day but what happens when the time comes when your website sees a spike in traffic? You go from 100 visitors a day to 2,000 or 10,000 – your site has probably never hit levels this high so you’re unsure of how your site will manage that type of traffic. CDN services ensure that the uncertainty isn’t there.
- SEO Benefits: One element search engines take into account when ranking your site is site speed. Try a Google PageSpeed test and see how fast your site is. You’ll see an improvement with a CDN network implementation. It’s worthwhile covering all your bases in regards to SEO if you rely on organic traffic and this is definitely an important one.
- No Geographical Limits: With your content hosted on servers all over the world, you won’t see a dip in speed if a visitor is from a distant region. It solves latency issues and gives your site global reach.
- Security: CDN services are articulate systems with many moving parts and, as a result, security systems implemented to these services are very intricate and safe. Your content is completely secure when being delivered through a CDN.
So, who offers CDN solutions? If you’re completely new to the idea of CDN you’ll be happy to know companies you’d be very familiar with offer CDN solutions. Amazon being a major player in big data, their Cloudfront service is one of the most well known and you can read more about it here.
MaxCDN, a company dedicated to the technology, is also well known for offering high quality solutions and you can read more about them here.
Personally, I put a big emphasis on site speed and if you do too then a CDN solution is definitely something you should look into, especially if you’re primarily online, such as an ecommerce business.
Here at Swift Web, we can get your site set up on a CDN for a very affordable price, contact us here for more information.