My WordPress Website gets just under 30,000 visits per month (according to Google Analytics). It doesn’t have much media with very little video and few images (all images have been reduced in filesize with lossless compression). So why use a content delivery network (CDN)? Well, I have an absolute obsession with good quality SEO including Website page load speed. But what does using a CDN to deliver WordPress Website/Blog content really cost?
A typical CDN Setup
I’ve described in the past bits of my WordPress setup with a CDN however I’ll summarise it below.
To speed up Page opening times further I use multiple subdomains to access the content delivered via CloudFront (using CNAME records which takes advantage of increasing the number of concurrent HTTP connections available to the Internet Browser).
It’s important to recognize the high-level architecture of a CDN such as CloudFront before understanding and appreciating any cost implications involved with using a CDN. Cloudfront uses the same network, servers and other infrastructure as Amazon.com and IMBD.com (as well as other Web services such as Second Life, Hootsuite and FourSquare). Content is delivered via Data centers in multiple regions (meaning the data has less distance to travel to visitors irrespective of where the visitors are located). The Amazon AWS network and infrastructure is among the best in the world.
The real cost of using a CDN with WordPress
So what does it cost to use this amazing resource to deliver content from your WordPress Website. Well it costs me just over $8 per month. Yes, you read that right, just over eight US dollars per month to use one of the best and fastest Web infrastructures available. Sounds too cheap but that’s all it costs. There really isn’t a reason that you shouldn’t use a CDN for your content delivery!
UPDATE: Amazon AWS now serves content from Sydney, Australia. Great from super fast WordPress Page Load speeds.