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  • Using a CDN for WordPress performance optimization. Hey it's Hoz here and in

  • this video I'm talking about using CDNs - a content distribution network to

  • improve the speed of your WordPress website. This video is part of the

  • WordPress speed optimization series -make sure you check out all the videos in the

  • playlist because they're all tips to help you optimize your WordPress website.

  • Now a CDN or a content distribution network is a great way to boost the

  • speed - the performance - of your website and the idea is that your images are

  • hosted on the CDN - on the content distribution network - throughout the

  • globe, so if you have a page on your website

  • with ten images, those ten images are no longer hosted on your website: they're

  • hosted on the CDN. So when I visit that page my browser has

  • to download less data before it can display the page which means it loads

  • faster. In the meantime the images are loaded from the CDN which is typically a

  • very fast cluster of servers. The added advantage of a CDN of course is that

  • your website is being served to the user from the nearest point to them. Without

  • using a CDN if your website is hosted let's say in London on a shared server

  • on a very cheap hosting server and it loads slowly then somebody in Australia

  • is going to have to wait an eternity in order to load your website.

  • Conversely if your website is hosted on a content distribution network then that

  • Australian person's browser will download a copy of your website from the

  • nearest point to them. So CDNs in theory are a great idea. Now there are

  • one or two free CDNs and one that pretty much everybody knows is

  • CloudFlare. The way that CloudFlare is set up can also help protect your

  • website as well as improve its speed. Now CloudFlare do offer a free plan and many

  • web hosts integrate with CloudFlare now, making the setup easier than it's ever

  • been. So if you're not using a CDN right now on your website

  • then this is worth your time testing because if it works for you with your

  • current setup then you could get a nice boost to your website performance using

  • CloudFlare's CDN and that is without spending a single penny using the free

  • plan and spending probably around 20 minutes setting the whole thing up. So

  • it's well worth your time to test it. If it does work for you then please leave a

  • comment and let me know who your host is. In the meantime I will get around to

  • testing CloudFlare with Siteground so keep your eyes peeled for that video.

  • Either way you should test this and see if you can get an improvement on your

  • WordPress website. Another free CDN that a lot of people are not aware of

  • actually comes from Jetpack so it's WordPress's own plugin if you like. Jet

  • pack currently has a free plan which includes unlimited static file hosting

  • and unlimited image hosting; essentially this is a content delivery network for

  • WordPress websites from jetpack. It will help you accelerate your site with

  • faster images and static files by reducing the bandwidth used from your

  • host. So that is on the free plan which is pretty amazing.

  • Unfortunately the downside is that when it comes to WordPress speed optimization,

  • Jetpack is one big plugin. The page load time that you shave off by using the CDN

  • you lose by using the plugin. However there is one very handy plugin that I've

  • used in the past that helps you disable all the features of Jetpack that you're

  • not actually using, so that plugin doesn't load all those things. If you are

  • using Jetpack or you're planning on using it then I would recommend

  • disabling the modules that you're not using manually and you can do that by

  • going to Jetpack settings and going to debug mode. Or if you want to know the

  • plugin that I used in the past, it's called a module control for Jetpack. Now

  • I'm not endorsing this plugin because I don't know enough about it but I did use

  • it myself and it seemed to work fine for me. So with a little bit of work you

  • could end up with a free CDN for your images and your static files and a nice boost to

  • your WordPress website. And on that note if you are using a CDN whether it's free

  • or paid as long as it's good then leave a comment and let me know what it is.

  • Now CDNs sound great and usually they are; however Backlinko did a in-depth

  • study on page speed and they claim that CDN usage was correlated with worst page

  • speed performance and as they put it this is likely due to the fact that

  • certain CDNs perform significantly better than others. So the

  • main takeaway here is that all CDNs are not created equally; some are better

  • than others. So don't let price alone trick you into thinking you've found the

  • perfect CDN. If it's cheap there might be a reason for that.

  • Now talking about CDNs, some web hosting companies offer a CDN themselves.

  • For example Kinsta is one of them, and that can definitely work out very well.

  • If your host offers this and it's already part of the setup you're almost

  • guaranteed that it's going to work because your host will have tested this:

  • it wouldn't make sense for them to roll out a solution that's gonna slow your

  • website if they claim that it's gonna do the opposite. So the bottom line is CDNs

  • can definitely help boost the speed of your WordPress website but they

  • need to be tested. So let's move on to the next optimization tip which you can

  • now see on your screen. Click it and I shall see you there.

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