CDN is the abbreviation for Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution Network. The term is used to describe a technology that involves the use of many servers located in different places to improve the rate of access to websites. Having your website hosted via CDN is like having your website files stored in many different locations around the world, so that they can be accessed faster irrespective of the location of the person seeking access.
CDN takes advantage of the fact that servers in different places around the globe are unlikely to face the same level of demand for resources at the same time. This means that CDN achieves better performance by using any idle capacity by distributing copies of files across many servers in different locations.
The result is that whenever an access request is sent, it covers a shorter distance irrespective of the requester’s location. This leads to near 100 percent hosting uptime. It is for this reason that more people and businesses are placing their websites on content delivery networks so that surfers get access speeds similar to surfing local websites.
Top 5 Benefits of Using CDN :
#1. CDN Offers Virtually Limitless Capacity.
The main players on the World Wide Web in the names of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft own an ever expanding infrastructure. This is what comes to play when using CDN. The capacity is constantly expanding, creating space for more content handling.
#2. CDN Reduces the Bounce Rate and Improves Earnings.
Because surfers get almost instant access to websites hosted via the CDN technology, more visitors are likely to get to the site. This means that the bounce rate is reduced and with the higher number of visitors, the number of those taking the next desired step to subscribe or purchase services or products is also raised. Depending on the percentage of visitors who take the desired action, CDN helps to improve earnings.
#3. CDN Uses Different Domains.
In normal circumstances, a browser will limit the way you connect to any single domain. This means that you cannot work as fast as you wish, especially when you are downloading large files. The result is that you have to wait for one connection to complete downloading so that you can get access to another connection. When you use CDN, this arrangement is different which means that you can carry on with your tasks much faster.
#4. CDN Relies on Distributed Data Centers.
CDN uses a series of localized data centers or edge servers to handle content. This for instance allows someone accessing a file in America from Europe to get it faster than when relying on an individual server located in America.
#5. CDN Frees Resources in Your Hosting Server.
By spreading the resource hungry theme and media files across the many edge servers across the globe, CDN helps free resources in your hosting server. This effectively means that you can carry out more tasks using your parent server. It also means that you can cut your hosting costs. This effectively translates to reduced overall expenses.
Author Bio : David Kendall contributed this guest post on behalf of WhoIsHostingThis.com. David is a freelance technology writer who enjoys writing for various online publications.