Monday, 11 April 2016

Thinking of speeding up your website ? Try Content Delivery Network (CDN)

If you have a website that you think it's too slow and thinking of ways to improve the speed , you can try out CDN.  CDN or Content Delivery Network is defined as "A globally distributed network of proxy servers deployed in multiple data centres. The goal of a CDN is to serve content to end-users with high availability and high performance."

OK, in plain English,  CDN replicates your content to multiple server farms across the globe and when your users view or download your contents, the content can be served by the nearest or fastest servers. Hence, offering high speed delivery of content.

Imagine you have your content hosted in say in... Canada and a user from Asia downloads the content. It's very likely that a local ISP would route you to multiple "hops" before it can get to the source of the content. With CDN, the contents are stored in multiple server farms including Asia's farm and it will take less hops to reach/download the desired content.

Lately we have a chance to add our latest website with rich media contents to CDN network. We choose Cloudflare and the migration from transitional DNS service to CDN network was seamless.

Below are the steps.

1. Create an account with your preferred CDN provider . In this case we choose Cloudflare @ http://www.cloudflare.com/.

2. Create all your DNS entries i.e your A, AAA, CName and MX records.

3. Point your root DNS to cloudflare's DNS , see below :-

4. Choose a CDN plan, you can opt for different plans for better speed and performance etc.

5. Wait for another 30 minutes .. Tadaaaaa, you are now on CDN network !


Besides the added speed, CDN network also provides additional security from DDOS attacks etc and unload most of the loads on your infrastructure.

For websites with loads of multimedia content that requires high speed delivery, CDN is the way to go .


This article is provided by , your preferred mobile solutions provider in Malaysia + South East Asia

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