If you are serious about your blogging journey, then you will have to first create a blog through which people will recognize you. And if you are creating a blog, you have to maintain it properly and make sure that it’s the best in every category.
The most important thing, when it comes to your blog, is its loading speed!
If your website loads slowly, you will lose a lot of visitors because no one is patient enough to wait for the site to load as they can just go to some other site. So you have to pay attention to make your site load faster so that no one leaves your site because of its speed.
If you start using a CDN (Content Delivery Network), the speed of your WordPress blog will improve drastically and you will be able to provide all the content to your visitors easily so that they don’t just leave your site.
What is a CDN (Content Delivery Network)?
So when a person visits your site, the static content will be delivered to them through the server that is closest to them. You can refer to the below image from GTMetrix to understand how the data is delivered.
Why use a CDN
As you can see, when that data is delivered from a distance, it will surely take more time to load. But, when the same thing is done through a server that is close to them, the site will be loaded very fast.
So now that you know why you should start using CDN, you will start looking for the best ones out there. You have no need to look any further as below is a complete list of some of the best CDN services for WordPress blog that are absolutely free to use.
CloudFlare is, hands down, the best CDN service for WordPress that is absolutely free. The data centers are located all across the world to serve you the content at blazing fast speed.
The implementation is extremely easy – you create a free account then you add your blog URL and once CloudFlare checks your websites, it will provide you with custom nameservers and you just have to point your domains to that nameservers and you are done!
See, that was easy!
The reason CloudFlare is extremely popular is that it makes your site load extremely fast and on average the site sees 65% fewer requests and saves around 60% bandwidth.
Check out the below network map of the locations of all the 30 data centers around the world.
Cloudflare Network Map
2. Photon by Jetpack
If you are running a WordPress blog, then I am very sure that you are using the Jetpack plugin as well. The plugin is a must have for WordPress blogs because it offers many options to make your blog user-friendly. One of them is Photon CDN!
This Photon feature is not like the other CDN services for WordPress, but if your blog contains lots and lots of images, then it would be a great help to activate this feature.
Photon is a content delivery network that loads images on your blog through the powerful WordPress.com servers.
To activate Photon, you just need to install Jetpack plugin on your blog and then activate the Photon feature from your site dashboard.
This service is relatively new compared to the others in the list, but since it offers a free plan with 250 GB of free transfer, I had to mention it in this post.
If you are truly looking for a CDN service, you need to try out SwarmCDN as it offers a free transfer and is also available in around 196 countries worldwide.
5. Coral CDN
Coral CDN is a P2P (peer-to-peer) based content delivery network and a project from MIT. The service is free of cost because since it relies on the P2P network, billions of computers are connected across the world, making it absolutely free.
Coral Content Distribution Network
The way Coral CDN works, according to their WordPress plugin is by serving the static content through their servers by appending ‘nyud.net’ to the URL.’
Other Paid Options:
There are these 5 CDN services that are absolutely free to use to speed up your WordPress blog, there are other much better options out there if you are willing to spend money.
Here are the brief introductions for all the paid CDN networks:
- MaxCDN – The best one there is! All the major sites use MaxCDN to deliver their content and keep themselves blazingly fast. The pricing starts at $9/month.
- Incapsula – This CDN service not only makes your site load fast but also provides website security and DDoS protection as well. The content is delivered through their globally powered network. The pricing for Incapsula starts at $19/month.
- RackSpace – This CDN service is a pay-as-you-go service. The pricing starts at $0.00014 for the first TB of storage and $0.12 for the first 10 TB of CDN bandwidth. Check out their pricing structure for a better idea.
- Amazon AWS – The Amazon AWS offers a free trial that includes 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage, and 20000 get requests and 2000 put requests. You can visit the pricing structure of Amazon CDN services to know more about it.
If your website attracts around 50K to 100K UV a month, then you should go with a free CDN and also keep CloudFlare as your number one CDN.
But as your traffic increases, you should start considering the paid options because if you don’t spend money on keeping your site running, you are going to lose your loyal readers and as a result, a lot of money.
I hope that you liked the article about the free CDN services for WordPress blog. If you know or use some other CDN service on your blog, then do share them with us via the comments section below.