CDNs, or Cloud Distribution (or Delivery) Networks, have become increasingly popular these days, so should you be using one for your website too?
What is a CDN?
To put it simply, CDNs serve up your website content to your visitors as quickly as if your hosting was local to them, even though your regular hosting may be 1000s of miles away and you have large media files and images, and a lots of pages on your site which would otherwise take several seconds to load.
It does this by caching, or saving copies of, your website content across its global network of servers so wherever in the world your visitor is based, your website will be served from the server closest to their geographical location.
In other words, it closes the gap between your actual hosting location (yes, you do still need traditional hosting), and the location of your website visitors. It also adds an extra layer of security to your website.
What are the tangible benefits of using a CDN?
The few seconds of load time that a CDN will save can make a huge difference in your visitors' experience of your website, and also how favourably Google views your website for search and ranking purposes.
In addition, your website will also be more stable, you'll save on bandwidth from your regular hosting AND, perhaps even more importantly, your website will be secure from bots and hackers - remember October 21, 2016 when practically half the internet was shut down in a MAJOR attack?
According to Securi’s Website Hacked Trend Report, in the first half of 2016 FOUR out of FIVE hacked sites were based on WordPress. Yes, WordPress is extremely popular, which makes it a target for attack!
How to get started with a CDN
There are many Content Delivery Networks around, but one of the best and most well known is Cloudflare, who have a FREE plan, as well as various paid options.
Although Cloudflare themselves say the setup process is easy, getting the settings exactly right is not so easy. If you miss one piece or get one thing wrong, you leave yourself open to bots, scrapers, and hackers.
That's the bad news ......
.... the good news is that Matt Garrett, a long time Marketer, Consultant and webmaster for his own and many client sites, has developed a system for setting up Cloudflare like a Pro!
Introducing Cloud Defender!
Matt has made everything extremely easy. Install the recommended plugins (all free), then follow the step by step modules to configure your settings. He shows you EXACTLY how to do it.
As soon as you’ve completed the simple steps, you’ll have locked down your server against scrapers, bad bot traffic and DdoS attacks. Meaning:
Your sites will load faster, increasing conversions
Your bounce rates will decrease, meaning higher SEO scores
You'll also be able to lock down all of your clients' sites too if you're an Offline Consultant or Web Designer, which could easily add an extra regular income stream to your business.
It's never been more important to secure your WordPress sites and with the help of Cloudflare's FREE plan, and Cloud Defender the process will be easier than you ever thought possible.
There are no disadvantages to using a CDN now that Cloud Defender is here, and you have everything to gain - much-improved site speed, no bad traffic sucking up your bandwidth and costing you hundreds in extra bandwidth, your content is secure and more importantly, so is the privacy of your website visitors and subscribers.
So, yes, if you're serious about your online presence and those of any clients you have, I believe you definitely should be using a CDN! But make it easy on yourself and use Cloud Defender to set it up properly.
Do you currently use a CDN? Have you tried setting up a CDN before and found it too difficult? Share your experience with using, or trying to use a Content Distribution Network by commenting below.