What is a CDN?
CDN is short for Content Delivery Network which is a network of servers that deliver cached static content from websites to users based on the geographic location of the user. Pretty confusing eh? Let’s break it down in simpler words.
For example: If your main server is hosted in Houston, TX, and someone from Durham, England tries to access it, then they will be redirected to the closest server which may be in London. This limits the number of internet hops needed to transmit the static files to your end user.
User’s proximity to your web server has an impact on load time. By deploying your content across multiple geographically dispersed servers, you can make your pages load faster from the user’s perspective. This is when CDN comes in handy. In simple words, the closer the CDN server is to where your user is, the faster the user gets the content.
Why you need a CDN for your WordPress Blog?
If you read the above section, then you can clearly see that having a CDN can make a huge impact on your website. Below are some of the advantages using a CDN:
- Speed – Once you started using a CDN on your site, the site got faster.
- Improved User Experience
- Improvement in SEO – Google has clearly stated that faster sites tend to rank higher in Search Engines.