CDN or Content delivery network is the best way to boost up the speed of your website and in this article we’ll share the best free services for it. The basic work of CDN is to deliver the static files from the very close data center to the visitor’s computer. I think you might already have some ideas about what it is, and how it works. So, I guess, you don’t need an introduction to it.
Integrating a Content Delivery Network with WordPress
Cloudflare Free CDN Services Plan
Firstly, Cloudflare is the biggest player in the industry since 2009. The features Cloudflare offers are just unbeatable, Cloudflare take cares about security and performance very well. In November 2014, Cloudflare reported a new record for the largest ever recorded DDoS attack with independent media sites being targeted at 500 Gbit/s.
If you’re using hosting companies like SiteGround, they provide Cloudfare CDN optimized server setup, thus providing you the best CDN experience at no extra cost. Cloudflare has a lifetime free plan that gives your website a protection and performance boost.
Secondly, CoralCDN is a peer-to-peer (P2P) based content delivery network which is totally free. To use it you just have to append .nyud.net to the hostname of any URL, and your request for that URL is handled by CoralCDN. You can even use their free plugin. Remember that plugin is not getting updated from a very, very long time, and should be used at risk.
jsDelivr Free CDN
Moreover, WordPress users always get advantages on everything related to websites, and jsDelivr is a great example here. Its plugin has many features that can be very beneficial for anyone who wants to use jsDelivr. You can download the plugin from here.
Incapsula is one of the most popular CDN providers, and from 2009 they are into this CDN game. The company got huge popularity when they protected a website from one of the Internet’s largest attacks in 2013. They offer premium as well as free plans for your websites. The only downside is that it doesn’t work with Cloudflare. So if you’re using Cloudflare then you can’t use Incapsula. You can only use one of them.
Photon (Jetpack) CDN Free Services
Finally, Photon by Jetpack is an image CDN that works for wordpress.com and self-hosted WordPress site only. Yeah, there is again an advantage for WordPress users. Photon actually only works for images, you just have to install and enable Jetpack plugin in your self-hosted WordPress site, and from its dashboard, you can easily turn on/off photon CDN.
If you have a WordPress site then you can use this plugin and can save your hosting bill as well. It will also speed up the loading time of your images. You have to download the Jetpack plugin and activate it.