With our managed WordPress and most of our web hosting packages, you get access to our fantastic content delivery network (CDN). With a CDN, your website loads faster around the world, making it more attractive to search engines as well as customers.
A CDN works by caching copies of your website across different servers around the world. This means that when a user in Singapore wants to visit your website, a server in Shanghai provides its copy of your site, rather than a server in Stockholm. Your website loads faster, the user can buy something faster, everyone’s happy. And the same goes for your users in Sacramento, Sao Paulo, or Sere Kunda — they all get your website from the nearest server.
How do I use the CDN?
If you have one of our Managed WordPress packages, or the Professional, Ultimate, or Reseller web hosting package, you can activate the CDN through your site’s control panel.
Scroll down to the CDN section and click on “Edge Caching”. Toggle Edge Caching on, and your site will be cached and distributed around the world.
And if you’re in the process of doing some work on your site, you can turn on Development Mode, which will stop it from caching for three hours, or purge the cache, which’ll refresh everything.
By turning on Edge Caching and Dynamic Cache, you’ll have a fast website around the world. But what if you want to do more? That’s where the Web Optimisation comes in.
Optimise your website
With the CDN, you also get the Web Optimisation toolkit, giving you options to improve your website and page speed. Each option has the risk level indicated, and many of them are low-risk options that’ll help speed up your site quickly.
You can go through each option individually or just pick the One-Click Optimisation for the best options easily.
Or block visitors
Denial-of-Service attacks are, unfortunately, a fact of life on the Internet. Everything might be going fine, and suddenly an entire block of IP addresses or an entire country is hammering your website, making it load slowly for everyone.
Thankfully, the CDN has the ability to block access to your site via IP address or country. Just choose Block Visitors, select the country or IP address range you want to block, and you’ll have smooth sailing.
Just be careful with it, because you don’t want to accidentally block all your customers!
The CDN is a great feature we’re happy to give to our customers and we hope everyone likes using it. If you have any questions about it or want to give feedback on how it’s working, why not talk to our Support team? They’ll be happy to hear from you.