Free CDN in Webasyst CloudJuly 9, 2015
Great news for all users of Webasyst Cloud! With pricing plans "Pro" and "Premium", you now have the free option to accelerate your website using CDN.
What is CDN?
CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a network of servers, spread across the world, which allows faster and more efficient distribution of content to website users. Content delivery occurs from the nearest CDN server rather than from your hosting company's web server, which may be geographically located far from a user.
Learn more details on how CDN works in article How to speed up a Webasyst-powered website using CDN.
How faster does CDN make a website?
From 30 to 70%! The actual increase of page loading speed depends on the amount of content of a particular website page, i.e. images, video, scripts, styles, etc. The more static content is used on a page, the faster a page loads with CDN.
In our tests, simply enabling CDN on promo site www.shop-script.com has reduced average loading time of the home page from 5.4 to 3.2 sec.
In Webasyst Cloud and on our main websites, Webasyst and Shop-Script 6, we cooperate with CDN77.com, one of the leading CDN providers.
How do I enable CDN acceleration in my Webasyst Cloud account?
- Log into your Cloud backend, open Cloud app, navigate to Site acceleration section, and get a CDN URL generated for your account (you may also get CDN URL in your Customer Center in section Hosting > your Cloud account > Site acceleration):
Wait for 15 minutes, which are required to allocate storage space for your files on CDN provider's servers.
- Then simply copy & paste that URL to the Settings screen of the website, in your Site app, which you want to accelerate using CDN.
- Done! From this moment on all product images, photos, CSS, JS scripts, and other static content will be automatically distributed via CDN, which will reduce average loading time of your website pages.
The use of CDN in Webasyst Cloud is absolutely free and is available with pricing plans "Pro" and "Premium". No limitations are applied to CDN-generated traffic.
Can I use CDN acceleration on my own web server (not in Webasyst Cloud)?
Yes, you can. In this case you should choose a CDN provider and pay for their services. It may cost quite a lot for one website, more than any plan in Webasyst Cloud. In Webasyst Cloud, we have settled all technical and organizational CDN-related issues, so all you need to do is to simply enable acceleration in your website settings.
Is there any situation when I should not enable CDN?
We do not recommend you to enable it while your website is under development and you are heavily editing HTML templates, CSS styles, or re-uploading images. Enabling CDN acceleration will impede testing of your changes at this stage.
Once you have completed most of the works on your site, we strongly recommend you to begin using CDN. It is a simple yet effective method to make your website load faster.