12 Best CDN Services for WordPress

Content Distribution Network (CDN) can play an important role in improvement of a user experience and pages load performance along with caching and image optimization. The main purpose of using CDN is to transfer large files such as videos, images or style sheets (CSS), jQuery and JavaScript files from the server, which is closer to the user, and their quick loading. If these files load faster, then boot-up time of all the website page will also be minimal.

But there is a problem, and the point is that CDN  usually is rather difficult to understand, and comes at a price. Is it worth it? Today we would like to dispel the myth that formed around the CDN, namely that good content delivery network is expensive. After all, there are a lot of free services and cloud-based solutions that help transmitting images and media content on powerful, secure servers using SSL, and unlimited traffic and, of course, by WordPress.

What CDN Can Do?

CDN can process the following files:

  • all types of web images
  • video, audio and multimedia
  • libraries and documents
  • CSS-files

Now let’s consider the best free CDN solutions for WordPress users:

1. Jetpack – Photon

This service is offered by an Automattic team. It is a part of WordPress.com for hosting WordPress sites. Photon is included in WordPress Jetpack-set extensions and is considered one of the best tools for editing images.
All you have to do is to download and install Jetpack plugin for WordPress and enable Photon in the administrative panel. No more. Once this is done  you will find that images’ load performance will increase significantly, as they all will be transferred with Photon.

2. Incapsula

Includes Personal, Business, Business + and Enterprise packages for CDN with the cost from $ 19 to $ 300. But they also have free plans with a global CDN, security protection system and better optimization.

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3. Amazon S3 and CloudFront

Free solutions in the form of a cloud resource from Amazon. This content delivery service is created to integrate with all popular products and services on Amazon.
As usual, there is a plugin for this. It is called Amazon S3 and CloudFront and it copies all the images, videos, documents, and all the media files available on the WordPress via Simple Storage Service loader (S3) from Amazon creators.

4.  KeyCDN.com

KeyCDN is a global content delivery network which focuses entirely on speeding up your content delivery. While KeyCDN is not free they offer the lowest prices available from any other CDN on the market at $0.04/GB.

5. Swarmify CDN

One of not really popular solutions, which was previously called SwarmCDN, but eventually was renamed like a brand  – Swarmify. It helps to reduce bandwidth and offers 3 different plans. The free plan includes 10GB of FREE image delivery.

6. HighWinds

Powerful CDN and GDN service, which supports HTTP-caching, the SSL delivery, load balancing, as well as all sorts of multimedia, including video, large files and data.
Highwind servers provide a minimum load time, which makes them one of the fastest CDN resources.

7. jsDelivr

This CDN is designed for developers, webmasters and WordPress users. It is based on MaxCDN, CloudFlare and Cedexis CDN.

8. Bootstrap CDN

Helps to integrate CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, and images posted by using Bootstrap CDN. With Bootstrap the CDN you can very quickly place Bootstrap files, because this site is equipped with one of the largest premium-CDN called NetDNA – MaxCDN.

9. CoralCDN

This is probably one of the most popular free CDN solutions. CoralCDN was originally the project  of MIT that provided clusters of the 1st level and servers around the world. In 2005, it handled nearly 20 million requests from 2.75 million customers every day. Now it is a very simple and fast service.

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10. CloudFlare

It contains a huge range of online applications, including optimizer CloudFlare, Security Center, Analytics and free CDN system. There is a plugin that automates the setup of CDN. All you need to do is to install it and sign up for free CloudFlare account. Additionally, CloudFlare works with other CDN.

11. Cincopa

The successful developer of plugins and extensions for WordPress, Joomla, and Tumblr. It is an excellent site for content management system, video hosting, and any other solution required for a web developer. Except for paid services, there are also free.

12. CDN.net

One of the sponsors of jsDeliver pubic CDN, CDN.net offers you 1 TB free CDN bandwidth. Now that’s more than enough for a website with moderate traffic and images. CDN.net will give you an idea as to what to expect once your use a proper CDN – your bandwidth consumption and popular site content.

Image Hosting Websites

One of the overlooked alternatives of a CDN includes images hosting websites. If you’re just starting up and looking for an easy way to save server bandwidth, popular image hosting sites like PhotoBucket and Flickr should serve your purposes to the fullest.

Free Cloud Storage Services

Another great way to save server bandwidth is by using free cloud storage services. Say you have a couple of PDFs or video available for direct download. Hosting them on your server would consume bandwidth like crazy. A smart solution would be to use the various free cloud storage services. To share a file publicly, you can simply generate a public URL of the file and paste it in your site. Here are a couple of free cloud storage solutions:

Article last updated on November 22, 2020

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