CDN is something that is used before having a hosting account as it speeds up certain things. However, it is not an alternative to a hosting account. You may still want to have a hosting account from a hosting provider like Siteground etc.
What is CDN?
CDN refers to Content Delivery Network, a server network which delivers cached website content to the users as per the user’s geographic location. Seems confusing, isn’t? Let’s break things down in easier words.
Basically, when a user enters your WordPress blog, they are directed to the server of your web host like HostGator.
The server location of your web host may be Houston, Texas or any central location. So, every user is accessing that server to see your website’s content. If you receive huge volume of traffic, the server is overloaded which causes your site to load slowly or server is crashed.
For instance, if main server is located at Houston, TX, and visitor from Durham, England wants to access it, they will be connected to nearest server in London. It controls the internet hops required to transfer the static files to the user.
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The proximity of your user to the web server affects load time. So, you can deploy your content to several servers across the world to make your webpage loading faster from the user’s end. This is when CDN works. Simply speaking, the closer the CDN, the faster the user accesses the content.
Why CDN is required for WordPress Blog?
You can clearly find that having CDN can make significant impact on the website if you have read the above statement. Here are some of the benefits of using CDN on your website –
- No Server Crash – If your readers are sharing your posts a lot and you are getting huge amount of traffic, it is sure that you might be at risk of server crash. If you have proper CDN setup, it is not the case for you. CDN would let you to distribute traffic to several servers rather than having total traffic to one server. So, it is less likely to crash.
- Speed – Once you start using CDN, your site may get faster.
- SEO Boost – According to Google, faster sites may rank higher in search engines. We have seen our site ranking higher when we optimized our side.
- Improved UI – After starting with CDN, you may see a huge decline in bounce rate on your site. In addition, you may have also seen improved page views by each user. If your site is fast, it can deliver improved user experience.