Last updated on May 16, 2019
Many new websites that start becoming bigger in terms of traffic and users, start experience problems with loading times. The idea of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) service is that it improves the speed at which a website loads. The way a CDN service actually works is that it consists of a number of distributed servers that help provide users with the web pages and web content that they are trying to access, depending on geographic location. What it essentially does is minimizes the time that the individual user has to wait for a specific site, or set of web pages, to load, by providing you with the information you are trying to access from the closest possible server to your location.
Okay so how can you use one and how much does it cost? Well, the point of this article is to tell you how to use free CDN servers. The answer is therefore that it costs nothing, and here is how to use one. Okay so say you have a website with a domain name that you have purchased, and say that this website is built using, for example, WordPress or Wix. Signing up to use a free CDN server is almost as easy as signing up with Wix to create a website. For most of the CDN servers out there, all that you are really required to do is to register yourself on the correct website (we will give you some examples a bit later on), then you add your website to your account, and it will give you a custom nameserver. Now if you have ever tried transferring a domain name between two different website builders (say WordPress and Wix), the next step is almost identical. What you essentially have to do, is to log in to your domain hosting service and update the nameservers to the ones provided by the CDN service.
CloudFlare is the one CDN provider that most lists found elsewhere on the internet recommend. It works exactly as described above, and increases the loading speed of your website considerably. And it is completely free. Coral CDN is another good alternative, it’s also free because it is based on a peer-to-peer system, connection millions of computers worldwide. Most CDN providers offer free trial periods of 30 to 365 days depending on who you choose, but after you run out of trial you have to pay full price so choose wisely.