A content delivery network (CDN) makes your websites load faster, wherever your users are. A CDN isn’t a replacement for your web hosting: it’s an extra way to increase the speed of your site, globally.
A CDN will store a copy of the public content from your website on servers around the world. So instead of it being stored at one or two data centres, it’s stored at dozens. These data centers are located at key locations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. They’re the same data centres that used by the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
So, if someone visits your website, they’ll receive the content from the data centre closest to them.
Why do I need a faster website?
A fast-loading website has lots of advantages:
- Your users are more likely to spend time on your website if everything loads quickly
- Mobile users and those on slow networks or expensive data plans will be catered-for
- Faster sites are given preferential treatment in Google, improving your SEO