Who doesn’t like a fast loading website? Not only for your visitor, search engines like Google and other SE always give priority to a fast loading site. Maybe you have a great website with high-quality text, images and if it is running on WordPress you must using some plugins too! This all makes your website heavy to load. And for making your website faster, You need some website optimization. There are so many ways to speed up a website. But today I am going to discuss CDN (Content Delivery Network. It will help you reduce your websites loading time and will take only 5 minutes to set up.
When you want to get clear knowledge about CDN you need to know about Web server and Internet first. See, when you are building a website your web server is storing your files physically somewhere in the world. These web servers are like computers and they have special software stopped. Now, if a visitor browses your website he sees it from the files stored in a server computer.
Imagine you have a website and its server is located in the US. But you live in Asia. So, when everytime a visitor visits your website from the US he will browse your website faster than an Asian visitor. So what should you do now? When we are using a cloud hosting service it gives this feature to your traffic to load your website from the nearest web server. You can create a free or premium CDN service. CDN service will save a cache of your website and give it to a traffic.
What is CloudFlare CDN
You know what is CDN and how it works. If we start talking about CloudFlare CDN Network it is CDN service provider. They have so many CDN servers in any location and by using them your site can load more faster.
CloudFlare is not only a CDN, you can find more features from Cloudflare. They provide website performance and web security service too. For using Cloudflare Service it is not important which platform you are using for your site. You can use CloudFlare for any kind of Website.
You need full access to your Domain control panel to active CloudFlare.
If you are using WordPress you need full access to your wp-admin and file manager.
Creating CloudFlare Account
First of all, you need to go Official Cloudflare website from this link and create an account. You will see sign up the option on the right top. Click and insert your email address and set a password and create an account.
Adding Domain to CloudFlare
Login using your email and password and they will request you to add your domain. Now put your domain name and click the scan for DNS button.
Now they will show Name Servers to add to your website.
In the next page, The will check did you updated your name servers.
Add this NS to your domain control panel.
Then go back to CloudFlare page and check for adding
You’re done. Your website is now running on CloudFlare
You can use WordPress CloudFlare Plugin to use it on your WordPress dashboard. Check this steps. Does it take more than 5 minutes?
CloudFlare CDN in WordPress
I will highly recommend you to enable Automatic Cache option. After that, it will activate your CloudFlare CDN in WordPress. If you change your web design regularly I will suggest you to not use CDN. Because it keeps cache and shows your page to the visitor. So it will take too much time to show any updates on a website. Otherwise, you can use it normally.
Author: Iftekhar Hossain Pritom
Hi there, I Iftekhar Hossain Pritom. a blogger, web developer, and designer. Studying BBA Hons.
Above all, a Cyber-Freak