Why Use A Content Delivery Network?
Your website is a valuable tool to help people find your business and get information about what you do. It’s important that your site is running smoothly and efficiently, with no slowdowns. However, if your website is running slower than you’d like, it can create problems for your customers and visitors. Read on to learn more about what may be causing this slowdown, and how a content delivery network could help.
Although you are in control of your website, and you open it, edit it, and run it from your location, the content on the site is stored on a server. Information stored on the server, like video, images, and text must travel over wires in order to get out into the world. With that in mind, you can see how people all the way across the world may experience slower loading times on your website. The farther away your visitors are from the server where your data is stored, the longer it takes for the site to load. This can cause frustration for users and customers who are expecting a fast and reliable service.
Slow loading times can be detrimental for any business. According to Loadstorm; a quarter of users will leave a site that takes more than four seconds to load, 74% of users will abandon a mobile site that takes longer than five seconds to load and 46% of users won’t return to your website if it performs poorly. But if these slow loading times have to do with how the information is getting from the server to the customer, what can you do to improve it?
How Content Delivery Networks Can Help
A content delivery network (CDN) serves as a way to deliver your website’s content to people around the world more quickly, based on their geographic location. A CDN consists of a vast network of servers in places all around the world so that when users are trying to access your site, they’re connected to the server that’s closest to their location. This means that the data doesn’t have to travel quite as far, which results in faster loading times.
Each individual server is called a point of presence or a POP, and the server closest to a user is called an edge server. You can temporarily store your site’s content on a CDN, so when a visitor tries to access your site, their request goes to a nearby POP and returns to them much quicker than if their request needed to go all the way to your original server.
While CDNs do cache your site’s data, they are always updating and removing old content, so that your users are only getting the newest and most relevant content.
Some of the benefits of using a CDN for your website include:
- Faster load times
- Ensures site stability
- Lower infrastructure costs
- Better website performance
- Better conversion rates
- Seo advantages
- Reliable at all times
- Handles traffics spikes and quickly scalable
Is A CDN For You?
A CDN can be a great solution for your business, especially if you serve customers or clients all around the world. Here are some examples of businesses that could benefit from a CDN:
- E-commerce sites : you don’t want your customers to experience long waits while they’re browsing your shop or trying to check out with their purchases. If you want a smooth and seamless user experience for your customers, even during times with heavy traffic, a CDN is a great option
- Financial institutions : banks, credit unions, and other finance companies can use a CDN to create a secure and reliable way to transmit sensitive financial information
- Media or news sites :these types of sites are often content-heavy, and it’s important that they stay up to date with the latest news. CDN can help deliver news stories to your users in real time.
- Government: Heavy content websites can provide a much faster service to citizens by using a CDN
- Mobile apps: CDN accelerates the load time for mobile applications and increases responsiveness.
- Technology and SaaS: CDN helps websites serve to billions of web users without lowering performance.
If you haven’t tried a CDN yet, now is the time to give Medianova a try to see the results. Start your 15-day free trial now.
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