Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network that is incorporated to enhance the content delivery to the users. The Content Delivery Network delivers different kinds of medias to the users of the website form all around the world in no time besides it handles global heavy internet traffic, preventing the website from slowing down or crashing. The Content Delivery Network is also known as Content Distribution Network.
There are a number of Content Delivery Network providers. But the selection is made on the comparison CDN basis among which include CloudFront, Azure, Keycdn, Fastly, Verizon, SteckPath, ChinaCache, Akamai, CacheFly, LimeLight, Cdnetworks, etc. Each of these Content Delivery Network providers offer different resources and options.
Since websites generate traffic which become a reason for revenue generation for the website owners. Heavy worldwide traffic can be a major downfall for a website that lacks Content Delivery Network which may also become the reason of hindrance in revenue generation. This is the reason Content Delivery Network was made and it is widely used all over the internet. Almost all business webiste that generate heavy traffic, that contains downloadable or sharable content uses a Content Delivery Network. There are a huge number of benefits of using the Content Delivery Network. The most general and widely known benefits of the Content Delivery Network include the facts that Content Delivery Network reduces the bandwidth cost, improves page loading timing, enhanced availability of the global content, reduces or eliminates the website downtime and makes the content downloads time shorter.
Talking about the benefits of the Content Delivery Networks, here are the 7 reasons why you should be using a Content Delivery Network:
7 Steps to Use a Content Delivery Network
- Availability of Multiple Downloading: Most domains allow a very limited number of downloads from a website at the same time. This can be seen and observed when a number of files are downloaded from the same website at the same time, the initially downloaded files begin downloading whereas the last few do not download until and unless the initial downloads, are not completed. Mostly the allowed number of downloadable files permitted by domains commonly at a time is 4. You may see that the 5th file won’t download until and unless the last ones are not retrieved. Websites that make use of Content Delivery Networks, multiple or more than 4 files can be downloaded from them at the same time. Since, Content Delivery System host files on different domains it makes multiple downloads easier and possible. Using Content Delivery System multiple files can be downloaded from the same website at the same time.
- Enhanced Performance and Saved Money: There are multiple different kinds of contents available on the websites nowadays such as text files, documents, audio files, video files, live streaming, software, applications, etc. These files may be only readable or downloadable too. People from worldwide try to access this data that is available on the websites at the same time from different locations, which results in heavy traffic and load on the website. This is where the Content Delivery System plays its role. The Content Delivery Network enhances a website’s performance and saves overhead costs by distributing the load and making the website load and accessible to the user, enhancing the performance as quickly as possible. Besides, it saves bandwidth and reduces hosting costs, even making the costly things practices free of cost at times.
- Usage Analytics and Reports: A number of commercial Content Delivery Networks provide the usage analytics and reports to the websites that make use of the Content Delivery Network. These usage analytical reports usually charge on per byte basis. The usage analytic reports provided by Content Delivery Network furnish an insight of how much of the data has been downloaded, accessed, visited, viewed or clicked. This usage analytics statistics not only add to the analytical figures of the owner’s website but also provide an insight of how much of the data has been viewed, shared or download by the users, which may be helpful for other purposes for the website owners.
- Integrated Version Control: The Content Delivery Network provide control over a number of things and processes. The Content Delivery Network controls the versions of the CSS files or the Java Script automatically without hassling for it. The Content Delivery Network links to a specific version, which is the latest version of the CSS file or Java Link. The latest version of the CSS file or Java Link can easily be accessed without nay issues.
- Distributed Data Centers Preventing Trans-Continental Hops: This is a common issue that arises with the users who own a web server that is based in a farther area of the world such as China, Vietnam, United States of America, etc. The users from other countries of the world such as India, Pakistan or Bangladesh when visit the website whose web server is located farther, make trans-continental hops when they try to access the file or content available on the website, which results in slower access and download of the data. Many Content Delivery Networks provide localized data centers that are located closer to the user. The shift of localized data centers by the used of Content Delivery Network provide the users the data available at higher speeds and downloads possible at higher pace that the trans-continental hops access and download of the data.
- High Amplitude Infrastructure: A good hosting is not enough for a website to run efficiently. A high infrastructure Content Delivery Network is required to for the website to function smoothly without causing nay bottlenecks or issues. Since, good hosting servers lack the capability that Content Delivery Networks have that is available in websites such as Google, Microsoft or Yahoo. Content Delivery Networks offer higher availability rate, lower network latency and lesser packet loss resulting in high speed and high quality data processing to the end user.
- Pre Cached Files: There is always a probability that a user visiting your website might have visited your website earlier due to Google’s Content Delivery Network system. Due to the earlier visit, the file must be cached in the browser making the download not required or not needed due to the presence of earlier cached data.