As more and more businesses move online, demand for better performance grows. Everything should happen at the click of a button. The problem with this, especially for websites, is that it is not entirely possible. With factors like latency, slow internet connections, and security threats to consider, it becomes impossible to deliver web content at the click of a button.
To bridge this gap are CDNs or Content Delivery Networks. They have become the best tool for providing fast and secure performance to all locations. It is therefore a must have for any business that serves a global audience.
Here are the top 5 benefits for using one.
- Your website gets amazing response times
A CDN copies your website to several server locations globally. This means that a visitor is served with the server closest to them, reducing the distance the files have to travel, and consequently, the time the user has to wait for the page to load.
The direct result is shortened response times because of the reduced latency. You are therefore going to experience less bounce rates, and increased conversion rates because of this.
- Enables 100% availability
Because your website is distributed to multiple servers globally, it will still be available to users even if your hosting server goes offline for a few minutes or even hours. During these black outs, your visitors will be redirected to CDN servers that contain copies of your website thus you enjoy 100% availability.
- Decreases server load
Because a majority of your users will be served using content from the CDN’s network, your hosting server will receive a lot less requests and will experience little server load. The result is a fast server and in the event of a rented server, reduced costs.
- Protection from DDoS attacks
CDN networks are designed to detect and prevent a DDoS attack to your website even before it gets to your data center. The CDN network will block the origin of the attack meaning you are never even concerned about such an attack destroying the reputation you’ve worked so hard to build.
- Increased support for concurrent users
If your hosting server can only support 1000 concurrent users, using a CDN network to serve your website will increase that figure exponentially. This is because if for example, your website was served though a 100GB/s network and could support 1000 users, serving them from 8 servers across the globe with the same network connection speed would serve much more than your server could previously handle.
Below is a review and side by side comparison of 3 of the best and most popular Content Delivery Networks.
|Real time reporting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pay as you go||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Total data centers||16||52||41||36|
|– North America||9||20||12||10|
|– Asia Pacific||2||14||8||10|
|Bandwidth price (1TB)||$79||$49||$299|
Using a CDN to serve you website is a growing trend that provides increased security and performance. With a CDN, your website will convert better which will result in increased income, growth, and brand awareness. You also never need to worry about your website being offline because of an attack or routine maintenance. The CDN has you covered.