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5 Best Free CDN Services for WordPress Blog

5 Best Free CDN Services for WordPress Blog

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.

You might have already optimized everything on your blog, from optimizing the images to optimizing the JavaScript and CSS files and even enabled the Gzip compression, but if you are not yet using CDN for your site, then you haven’t yet optimized the speed fully.
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)?

A CDN is a network of multiple servers that are located at various places in the world. It caches all the static content of your site like the images and CSS-JavaScript files and stores on its servers.

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.

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.

1. CloudFlare

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.

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.

3. SwarmCDN

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.

4. jsDelivr

jsDelivr is a CDN service for hosting JavaScript files. If you run a WordPress blog, then there will be a lot of JavaScript files in your blog and most of them will be run through this network.

The most important use of jsDelivr is when you use some custom JavaScript code on your site, and you have to host it. If that’s the case, you need to use the service and also install the free WordPress plugin on your blog.

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.

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.’

Wrapping Up:

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.

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