Traditional hosting providers are great for small blogs or websites that don’t have a lot of traffic, but content delivery networks (CDNs) pick up where traditional hosting fails. CDNs provide much better performance and protection for sites that have spikes in traffic or service customers across the globe. If you have a midsize or large site that gets a respectable amount of traffic each month, here are some advantages of hosting your site on a CDN.
Distributed Content Delivery
The main advantage of a CDN is the way it distributed content to your visitors. With traditional web hosting, all visitors regardless of their location are sent to one location. With enough visitors, this traffic can eat your bandwidth.
With a CDN, the content is delivered to the user depending on the location. For instance, if you have a visitor in the US, content for this user is delivered from a data center in the US. If you then get a visitor from the UK, content is delivered from a data center either in the UK or from a country close to the UK. Although data on the Internet is sent at light speeds, rendering content from a closer location cuts down on wait times for your users.
Distributing the load also reduces bandwidth use at one location. When more bandwidth is available, your users notice a much better performance increase when they browse your site. This is just one reason why sites with large volumes of traffic should move from traditional hosting to a CDN.
Built-in DDoS Protection
Many CDN providers also have built-in DDoS protection. When a DDoS attack occurs thousands of hacked computers funnel traffic directly to your site. Since a CDN distributes traffic among data centers, the problem can be mitigated before it crashes your server.
Webmasters should have certain technology in place to avoid being a victim of a DDoS attack. DDoS attacks flood your server with rogue connections and ultimately destroy server and network resources. A good DDoS attack can crash your server and cause critical downtime for your users. Most CDNs have the right technology in place to detect when these attacks are active.
Some CDN providers have dozens of data centers across the globe. It’s rare that a data center fails, and if you are unfortunate enough to experience a data center failure, any of the others can pick up where the failed one left off. This means that your website never suffers from downtime due to host failure. You can still have downtime from application bugs, but never from server failure. This is another major advantage for people with high-traffic websites that rely on guaranteed uptime to keep the business running.
These three reasons are enough for any site owner to take a look at a CDN and move from traditional web hosting. Small website owners can survive should their sites fail for a few hours but major site owners must keep the site up at all times. Performance, uptime and DDoS protection are three major advantages for website owners who rely on their site’s stability for business revenue.
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