What is CDN?
A content delivery network speeds up your website by serving content closer to visitors. Sign up for a 1TB free trial and cancel at any time.
Why do you need it?
A slow website frustrates your visitors
Site load times affect your search ranking
Spikes in traffic will crash your web server
What are the benefits?
Pay as you go with low bandwidth costs
Make your own package and edit locations
Easy setup, reporting and 24/7 support
How does CDN work?
Your website’s content is securely cached on our servers. We detect the location of your visitors and then load the content such as videos, images, text and HTML from the closest server.
Where is my website stored?
When you have a website, it is hosted on a web server which you rent or buy from a hosting company. You pay for storage, bandwidth and CPU. You may have a dedicated server, a virtual private server, cloud server or a shared hosting plan. From your hosting provider’s control panel, you can manage your domain and hosting resources through a control panel. When you sign up for CDN.net, your website will be securely cached in locations around the world.
How does CDN cache my content?
By simply entering your website URL or IP address, CDN.net ‘pulls’ all of the static content from your origin host and stores it on our edge servers located around the world. We are implementing support for ‘push’ which is appropriate for uploading large files to the edge servers and ‘stream’ for live video or sound broadcasts through HTTP or real time messaging protocols.
Do you have to modify your web server?
By changing a CNAME record through your hosting provider’s control panel, known as a DNS editor or Zone File editor, you don’t need to change any part of your website. Your visitors will retrieve content cached from our network instead of your own web server.
How can you securely deliver any content?
You can secure any content served through our network with an SSL certificate. We encrypt your images, video and other static content through HTTPS. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) uses asymmetric cryptography for authenticating keys between a server and a user. You can use our shared SSL certificate for free or order a custom SSL domain through CDN.net.
How can you test your website load times?
We recommend Pingdom to monitor uptime and their free tools for testing page speed time. You simply enter your domain name and it will measure the size of each element on your page and their load times. This is independent testing that can show you how fast your site loads before and after implementing CDN. For a full list of monitoring tools for your site, see our blog post.
Who should use CDN?
If you are a digital marketer or build sites for your clients then you should consider partnering with CDN.net to increase your clients’ online conversions with faster web performance, improve their search ranking with lower page load times and prevent an overloaded server by distributing content over our network when traffic spikes. We offer 15% to our partners for all clients they manage.
If you build games or web applications, CDN.net speeds up delivery of static Flash and HTML elements by serving content closer to your users. It’s also a great solution to mitigate against outages of your own infrastructure for a high number of web requests. If you suffer a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which typically throws 50gbps of useless requests at your servers, can distribute the traffic over a larger network.
If you manage a popular site then CDN.net is easy to implement and manage through our control panel. You can prefetch large files or purge individual files if you do not want to wait for the hourly cache update. You simply have to add a CNAME record through your DNS editor and we will serve any static content from our edge server closest to your site visitors. This dramatically reduces the latency and page load times. We integrate with popular CMS systems like WordPress & Drupal.
Will it work with different screen sizes?
CDN.net will serve any static content regardless of the device or browser your visitors use. We recommend using JW Player and Wowza Media Server 3 for advanced video on demand functionality.
How do I set up a CDN resource?
You can easily setup a new CDN resource inside of our customer portal.
You will just need to change the CNAME record of the CDN hostname
How can I get support?
We offer free support via help.cdn.net and respond quickly to any incident. We have a dedicated team to support you with setting up all the way to break-fix and complex requests. For customers needed proactive monitoring and dedicated support, we offer paid Premium Support.
How can I check my balance?
You will be notified by email when your prepay balance is approaching 10% and have up to 3 years to use any prepaid credit. You can check your prepay balance by logging into your Dashboard.
How much does it cost?
Our latest pricing is available here: http://www.cdn.net/pricing/
Choose the package of your choice.
Sign up with your email and select a password
Your account will be automatically setup in most circumstances. In rare instances, we will need to validate your account.
Once you're account is setup, you'll be able to login to our control panel and setup your new resource.
Enter the your Origin hostname (where your content is located e.g. domain.com) and your CDN hostname (the subdomain you would like to load content from e.g. www.domain.com)
We generate a new CNAME record e.g. 12345678.r.worldcdn.net
Log into your hosting provider’s Control Panel and locate your DNS editor
Ensure that your A record points to your IP address and the CNAME record www points to your CDN.net domain we generated when you created a CDN resource
Allow up to 30 minutes for our edge servers to cache your content and up to 24 hours for your DNS records to propagate (quicker in most cases).
What features do you offer?
Manage CDN Resources
Edit – you can edit your CDN resource here and change hostnames
Configuration – if you need to change your CNAME record you can find the link here
Purge – this function allows you to instantly purge individual files from the cache
Prefetch – this function allows you to upload larger files to the cache in anticipation of traffic spikes
SSL – you can request a custom SSL domain to encrypt content or set up a CDN resource using our shared SSL certificate for free where the CDN Hostname is example.r.worldssl.net
Delete – you can remove any CDN resource however this will disable access to cached content