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CDN: How a Content Delivery Network Can Improve Your Website

The Benefits of a CDN for Your Site

CDN services have been growing in popularity and are used by the biggest names in web service like Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon. The majority of web traffic today is served through CDNs and Kraus Marketing offers an opt-in service for all its clients to implement CDNs on their site as well.

A content delivery network (CDN) is a group of servers that work together to provide the fast delivery of Internet content to users based on the geographic location of the user and the origin of the webpage. A CDN is effective for speeding up the transfer of assets needed in loading Internet content, such as JavaScript files, HTML pages, stylesheets, images, and videos.

A CDN cannot replace the need for proper web hosting but is a popular choice for relieving major pain points in traditional web hosting. Benefits will vary depending on the size and needs of an Internet property but can be broken down into four main categories.

Improving Website Load Times

CDNs can help cache content at the network edge to improve website performance. Content is distributed on a server that is closest to the web user, thus increasing the speed of loading times. A CDN can reduce bounce rates and increase the time spent on your website.

Reducing Bandwidth Costs

By utilizing caching and other optimizations to reduce hosting bandwidth, CDNs reduce the amount of data an origin server must provide, in turn reducing hosting costs for website owners.

Increasing Content Availability and Redundancy

Large amounts of traffic can interrupt normal website function. CDNs can handle more traffic and withstand hardware failure better than most origin servers due to their distributed nature, helping to prevent interruptions in service.

Improving Website Security

A properly configured CDN may help protect websites from common attacks like Distributed Denial of Service attacks, improve security certificates, and other optimizations.

A CDN consists of linked servers placed at exchange points between different networks. The goal is to deliver content as quickly, cheaply, reliably, and securely as possible. If you are interested in adding a CDN to your website server, contact Kraus Marketing for pricing!