Quite often, performance tests tell us that we should use a CDN to deliver the static content on our site. In reality, most people do not understand the true definition and the benefits of a CDN. In this article we will explain the definition of a CDN and try to help you understand if it is something that your site might need.
CDN is short for Content Delivery Network and it essentially is a network of geographically dispersed servers. Each CDN node caches the static content of a site like the images. The way it works is when a user requests your site, the node closest to the user will deliver the static content so the data travels the shortest distance and provides a faster site experience. The majority of the end-user page load time is spent on getting this content,providing as many server nodes as possible throughout the world provides a better user experience.
While CDNs are a great solution for most websites looking to increase performance, they are not necessary to run a website. Furthermore, utilizing a CDN will increase your hosting costs, so it is important to assess the need accurately.
The number one reason for using a CDN is to improve your user’s’ experience in terms of speed because for the user speed matters! In an eCommerce scenario, it is proven that a faster site will decrease your bounce rate, ultimately getting you on a more converting path . So, if your users need a faster site, a global CDN would allow your users everywhere in the world to download static content thanks to a close node. Not only that but CDN also helps to prevent site crashed by distributing bandwidth across multiple servers instead of having one server handle all traffic.
Now that you know what CDN is, evaluate your costs and try to implement it because there is nothing better than giving your users the best user experience. Simple Solutions provides custom CDN solutions to help you with your site. Contact us to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org