What is The Best Content Delivery Network (CDN)?

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Hi, beside Cloudflare then what Content Delivery Network (CDN) can I use? I heard some like Maxcdn or Incapsula but I don't know more about them. Do they have any pros/cons over Cloudflare?
 
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Hi, beside Cloudflare then what Content Delivery Network (CDN) can I use? I heard some like Maxcdn or Incapsula but I don't know more about them. Do they have any pros/cons over Cloudflare?
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I have had good experience with Incapsula. Never used MaxCDN
 

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Last time, I tried Incapsula but it required site with https.

If you can give some marks for Incapsula then how many will it get? and how many market can you give for Cloudflare?

For me, I used Cloudflare fore some sites and find that it's a good CDN to go with.
 

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Hi, beside Cloudflare then what Content Delivery Network (CDN) can I use? I heard some like Maxcdn or Incapsula but I don't know more about them. Do they have any pros/cons over Cloudflare?
I can not give a detailed review as i only used Maxcdn or Incapsula once, however what I know is that i found cloudflare better which is why I have been using cloudflare alot.
 

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Cloudflare premium solution is best option to go for. I had tried their free plan and it will nor work so much as you need. Lately I have tried MaxCdn and all i can say that it is one of the best CDN providers. Although price are too expensive but it is worth of trying it.
 

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The cheapest CDN is keycdn, and it's fast enough for me. Cloudflare is not really a CDN, because it don't download your assets, it only cache them when you have visitors.
And it's the cloudflare choice to cache or not a file. Sometimes it's hard to see if it have cache or not the requested files.

After in real CDN I have test MaxCDN et KeyCDN, and keep the second because it cost only $0.04/GB without a monthly basis
 

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For most usage Cloudflare is enough, but if you have a site with a lot of pictures or other media, to get a good delivery a CDN is required.
Currently my KeyCDN monthly cost with 8 websites using it (350,000 visitors) is under $2.
 
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As @virtubox said, cloudflare is enough for small to medium scale sites. It offers satisfactory feature set, acceptable performance and competitive pricing.

Other solutions available in market is KeyCDN, MaxCDN, CDN77, akamai etc. But these solutions are preferable for medium to big scale business.

Before you switch to either of these services, do contact the technical support to get usually free analysis of your site/s so you can get an idea for budget and quality. Do not forget to check their terms n conditions.
 

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As a long-term user of INXY, I can strongly recommend their services: their team offers cheap CDN for as low as $10 a month, and there are many affordable solutions with per-gigabyte pricing. Besides, customers are provided with top-notch customer support and technical assistance. This company is definitely worth working with!
 
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I'm surprised no one even mentioned namecheaps CDN which is one of the cheapest and solid on the market. I haven't used it personally however there are people which swear by it and that have switched over from more expensive options. If you are looking for free CDN options CloudFlare might be your best bet.
 
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For major corporations, Akamai is the leader for CDN providers. For small and medium business's Incapsula and Cloudflare both do a good job. If you are planning to look for a dedicated provider then MaxCDN ( owned by NetDNA ) and AWS Cloudfront are the best providers.
 
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Go for MaxCDN there much better.
 

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Why don't you recommend Cloudflare?

I think cloudflare is a great CDN for every website..
 

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Cloudflare is not a real CDN, I think you did not read @virtubox reply. He is telling truth. Cloudflare is not true CDN, its after all a cache with DNS and Basic DDos protection offering. Hope you read up on what is a CDN. Do not get confused, real cdn not only offers caching, but also stores assets like keycdn, maxcdn, akami, cloudfront to name a few.. Thanks.
 
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The cheapest CDN is keycdn, and it's fast enough for me. Cloudflare is not really a CDN, because it don't download your assets, it only cache them when you have visitors.
And it's the cloudflare choice to cache or not a file. Sometimes it's hard to see if it have cache or not the requested files.

After in real CDN I have test MaxCDN et KeyCDN, and keep the second because it cost only $0.04/GB without a monthly basis
Cloudflare is not a real CDN, I think you did not read @virtubox reply. He is telling truth. Cloudflare is not true CDN, its after all a cache with DNS and Basic DDos protection offering. Hope you read up on what is a CDN. Do not get confused, real cdn not only offers caching, but also stores assets like keycdn, maxcdn, akami, cloudfront to name a few.. Thanks.
So what is a real CDN? MaxCDN and KeyCDN are CDN after Cloudflare you would recommend?
Cloudflare didn't download files but their caching improved the speed so much.
 

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Yes, cloudflare improves speed because normally webmasters or website owners are not technically knowledged enough to optimize the website for faster load times. So, its obvious when someone hits the cloudflare they will see some quick improvement of website load time. However, for an experienced webmaster it does not excite much.

Coming to real CDN, and ideal CDN should address the following issues

1) Content acceleration
2) Assest hosting and optimization
3) Distributed asset delivery over the globe
4) DDos protection, if possible. Not mandatory.
5) Scalable, reliable and should make sure that website traffic could be handled well.
6) Easy to deploy over https or http
7) Video Acceleration (for self hosted video websites). Akami offers this feature.
8) On the fly Image optimization
9) Assets protections or security
10) Snapshot and backups.

Cloudflare is definitely not the CDN that achieves important points mentioned above. As said, you will obviously see speed improvement due to caching. But it cannot handle the load when your concurrent visitors or traffic is more.

If you know, AWS and have an account. Try cloudfront, amazon cdn service. Apart from these I am not going to suggest any other companies, as I have not used them. I did implemented Max CDN for a client, but I am just implementation partner. I do not have any reports to suggest it.

KeyCDN is good, hopefully from what I am seeing from several peoples feedback online. Try yourself, if you are interested and see what works for you. Each site needs different resources, so there is no one CDN that fits all needs.

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That's not necessarily true. Yes, CloudFlare doesn't support those things with their free plan, but if you opt for their business plan with railgun support it meets almost all the things you mentioned and works very well. KeyCDN is good for sites that use wildcard SSL's.
 

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We had a client who used to be on business plan and it is the same interface or features of cloudflare with just some minimal difference. Assets are cached, but not stored on their servers like maxcdn or keycdn. You may check here: https://www.cloudflare.com/plans/pro/#compare-features cloudflare acts as a frontend cache / proxy with some good features, but not true cdn.

Also check https://www.akamai.com/ for more idea about features i discussed above. These kind of features are not available, even on the paid cloudflare plan.
 
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