I’ve covered pretty much every aspect of making your WordPress website faster and more reliable by subscribing to free CDNs (Content Delivery Networks), using .htaccess and by applying performance best practices.
It’s time to take a look at one of the premium services for optimizing your online business, MaxCDN.
I’ve always wanted a more reliable solution for ThematoSoup than free CDNs out there. The first thing we’ve tried was MaxCDN and the speed improvement was noticeable.
Before, our front page could not load faster than 3 or 4 seconds. Now, using MaxCDN it loads in under 2s.
What is a CDN?
CDN is an acronym for Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution Network. It’s a network of highly optimized servers scattered around the globe and your website is being served from the closest one to your visitors. This leads to big performance improvements and eases the load on your hosting servers.
MaxCDN servers are all over the world, so no matter where your traffic comes from, your website will be served fast.
Why Use a CDN?
Distributing your data all around the globe, a Content Delivery Network is great for everyone. MaxCDN plans start at $9/month for 100GB of transferred data and with a coupon code max20 you can shave 20% off of that price.
CDNs don’t just make your WordPress faster and more reliable. There are other consequences to this, as well:
- You’ll make your users happier
- Your conversion rates will increase due to people browsing more of your fast loading website
- Usability of your website will improve
- Your WordPress will get an SEO boost since search engines love speed
- You can manage and grow your website without worrying about it getting sluggish
You can learn more about MaxCDN by watching this video which explains their service in brief.
Setup MaxCDN for WordPress in 5 Minutes
There’s quite a few things you can copy to MaxCDN so it serves them instead of your hosting provider. You can configure MaxCDN for WordPress in under 5 minutes.
I’ve selected the following files to be served by the CDN:
- Image files
- CSS files
- JS files
- Everything in our Uploads directory
It took me around 5 minutes to set this up and I’ve done it using W3 Total Cache plugin. It appears that these two (MaxCDN and W3 Total Cache) are a quite a pair, so I found zero compatibility problems.
The support was great while we were using MaxCDN and with a 30-day money back guarantee, I can sincerely recommend their service. If you have experience you’d like to share, please use our comment section below. You can also check out their Ping and HTTP comparison tools.
Update: We’re currently using SiteGround as our hosting company which already has a CDN in place on their servers.