: Best CDN Providers



Rise Company
15-12-2021, 05:21
WordPress Best CDN Providers
10 Best WordPress CDN Providers (2021 Comparison)

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Ive ranked the top CDNs based on speed, price, PoPs (points of presence), popularity in Facebook polls (http://best-wordpress-cdn#facebook-polls), and even TrustPilot ratings. I have also personally used most CDNs in the list.
If you want to know the CDN I use, its BunnyCDN (https://bunnycdn.com/?ref=c6khnsmr0n). Its a paid CDN (still relatively cheap) but typically has better performance than Cloudflare, RocketCDN (StackPath), and other popular CDNs. Cloudflare is fine for most WordPress websites, especially if youre on a budget. And if youre using a LiteSpeed server + LiteSpeed Cache, of course I recommend using QUIC.cloud.

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CDN
Price
PoPs
Rating
Features


BunnyCDN (https://bunnycdn.com/?ref=c6khnsmr0n)
$.01/GB - $.06/GB
70+ (https://bunny.net/network?ref=c6khnsmr0n)
4.8 (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/bunnycdn.com)
Storage zones, perma-cache, Bunny Optimizer (CSS, JS, image optimization)


QUIC.cloud (https://quic.cloud/)
Free on LiteSpeed
69+ (https://quic.cloud/cdn-network/)
3.3 (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/quic.cloud)
DNS, HTTP/3, anti-DDoS + brute force, image + CSS optimization


Cloudflare (https://www.cloudflare.com/cdn/)
Free
250+ (https://www.cloudflare.com/network/)
2.1 (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/cloudflare.com)
DNS, page + firewall rules, speed + security addons, workers, APO


CloudFront (https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/)
Free 50GB/yr
275+ (https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/features/)
4.3 (https://www.g2.com/products/amazon-cloudfront/reviews)
Traffic encryption, access controls, DDoS protection, compression


KeyCDN (https://www.keycdn.com/)
$.01/GB - $.11/GB
40+ (https://www.keycdn.com/network)
4.5 (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.keycdn.com)
HTTP/2, brotli, TLS 1.3, image optimization, security features


StackPath (https://tracking.stackpath.com/ov32O)
Varies where purchased
35+ (https://www.stackpath.com/platform/edge-locations)
2.5 (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/stackpath.com)
GZIP, WAF, firewall, DDoS mitigation


Hosting CDN
N/A
N/A
N/A
Some hosts have built-in CDNs (WPX, GoDaddy), so it depends


Statically (https://statically.io/)
Free
Multi-CDN
4.5 (https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/statically/reviews/)
N/A


Sucuri (https://sucuri.net/website-performance/)
$9.99/mo
13 (https://sucuri.net/website-performance/)
2.3 (https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/sucuri.net?b=MTU3MjAyMDI0MDAwMHw1ZGIzMjAxMDYwNDg1O DA5NDA1NzMzYjQ)
Multiple security features


JetPack (https://jetpack.com/features/design/content-delivery-network/)
Free
Unknown
3.2 (https://www.trustpilot.com/review/jetpack.com)
N/A



Tip #1: The best CDN is somtimes the one with the closest PoPs to your visitors. Be sure to check each CDNs data center page to see if they make sense for your location.
Top #2: Once a CDN is setup, check your source code to make sure CSS, JavaScript, image and other files are served from the CDN. You can try the CDN Rewrite plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-cdn-rewrite/), although most plugins like WP Rocket (CDN CNAME field), Perfmatters, BunnyCDN, and other plugins have a CDN rewrite setting where you should paste your CDN URL.
Tip #3: Regardless of your CDN, I recommend Cloudflare or DNS Made Easy (https://dnsmadeeasy.com/) for DNS.

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1. BunnyCDN (https://bunnycdn.com/?ref=c6khnsmr0n)

A lot of serious bloggers like WPCrafter (and myself) use BunnyCDN.
The performance from BunnyCDN is typically better than Cloudflare, which can sometimes have a negative effect. Its also relatively cheap considering you only pay for the CDN locations you actually use. If a lot of visitors are from Europe and North America, just select that location.
BunnyCDN has easy setup instructions (https://support.bunny.net/hc/en-us/articles/360020438491-How-to-set-up-BunnyCDN-with-WordPress-using-WP-Rocket?ref=c6khnsmr0n). Sign up, create a pull zone, only select the CDN locations you want to use, grab your CDN URL, and paste it into their BunnyCDN plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/bunnycdn/).
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Use the BunnyCDN plugin to setup your CDN, then also add your CDN URL in your cache plugin (WP Rocket → CDN → CDN CNAME) to make sure more files are served from the CDN.
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Finally, view your source code to make sure the files you want are being served from the CDN.
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They also have storage zones where you can upload files via FTP, caching, security, and header options, and Bunny Optimizer (https://bunny.net/optimizer/?ref=c6khnsmr0n) to minify CSS/JS (better to do this with your CDN than cache plugin) and image optimization. This costs more and most sites can just use them for the CDN.

2. QUIC.cloud CDN (https://quic.cloud/)

QUIC.clouds CDN is built specifically to work on LiteSpeed servers (https://www.litespeedtech.com/products/litespeed-web-server).
In other words, you will need to choose a host that uses LiteSpeed (i.e. A2 Hosting (https://www.a2hosting.com/litespeed-hosting?aid=5cd49f60bbcd6) or NameHero (https://www.namehero.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=938&url=209)), install the LiteSpeed Cache plugin (https://onlinemediamasters.com/litespeed-cache-settings/), then use it to setup QUIC.cloud CDN. NameHero does a solid job in showing you how to setup QUIC.cloud in this video at 6:41 (https://youtu.be/ggsDW-g2QP0?t=401).
QUIC.cloud and LiteSpeed are still relatively new and lack documentation. But since LiteSpeed has blown up and is faster than Apache servers, moving to a LiteSpeed host and using LiteSpeed Cache and QUIC.cloud has quickly become one of the most popular setups in Facebook Groups.

3. Cloudflare (https://www.cloudflare.com/cdn/)

Cloudflare is my #3 choice because its a free CDN you can use on any host (many hosts even have Cloudflare activation built-in to their platform) with the largest network of data centers compared to most CDNs. SiteGround (https://www.siteground.com/tutorials/cloudflare/enable/), Kinsta (https://kinsta.com/feature-updates/kinsta-cdn-cloudflare/), Bluehost (https://www.bluehost.com/help/article/cloud-flare-guide), and many other hosts use Cloudflare.
Once you sign up for Cloudflare, youre prompted to change nameservers (https://developers.cloudflare.com/automatic-platform-optimization/get-started/change-nameservers) so you can use them for your DNS (which is very fast compared to GoDaddy, NameCheap, and other DNS providers). To activate their CDN go to Cloudflares DNS settings and toggle your website from DNS Only to Proxied. Without that last step, youre not actually using Cloudflare CDN. Test your results!
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You can use the Claire Chrome Extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/claire/fgbpcgddpmjmamlibbaobboigaijnmkl?hl=en-US) to make sure Cloudflare is working.

In addition to their CDN, Cloudflare has tons of features. Changing nameservers to use Cloudflares DNS is much faster than using GoDaddy, NameCheap, and other slow DNS providers. Then you have page rules (https://onlinemediamasters.com/cloudflare-page-rules-for-wordpress/), firewall rules, speed optimization settings, network settings, and workers. Youll find tons of great features even most paid CDNs dont include.
Although Cloudflare is great for smaller websites on a budget, if you have a larger website, you may want to use a more performant CDN than Cloudflare, which is where BunnyCDN comes in.

4. CloudFront (https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/)

Amazons CloudFront is one of the fastest CDNs ranked by CDNPerf.
But theyre not as easy to setup as other CDNs (so use the video tutorial below or see written instructions (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/startups/how-to-accelerate-your-wordpress-site-with-amazon-cloudfront/)). You would create an S3 bucket, then create a CloudFront distribution. They also have their AWS for WordPress plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-polly/) and 275+ POPs which is about 25 more than Cloudflare.

5. KeyCDN (https://www.keycdn.com/)

KeyCDN is another consistently performant CDN with great reviews on TrustPilot, but its more expensive with less data centers than BunnyCDN.
Most of KeyCDNs data centers are located in Europe, so it would only make sense if thats where most visitors are. They also developed the CDN Enabler plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/cdn-enabler/) which rewrites CSS, JavaScript, and images so theyre served from a CDN, although the plugin has poor reviews.
KeyCDNs performance test (https://tools.keycdn.com/performance) is a great tool that measures TTFB in 10 global locations. This is a better way of measuring your TTFB than the single location in other testing tools like GTmetrix.
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6. StackPath (https://www.stackpath.com/products/cdn/)

StackPath is a CDN also used by RocketCDN (https://wp-rocket.me/rocketcdn/) (from WP Rocket) and CloudwaysCDN.
Even though they make it easy to setup, I wouldnt lean towards StackPath. WP Johnny and others have reported StackPath can be slower than other CDNs (you can check their TrustPilot reviews). Ever since they took over MaxCDN, there has been increased complaints about them.
If you do decide to test StackPath, you might be better off purchasing it through RocketCDN which has a different pricing structure (its much cheaper) than found on StackPaths website.
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7. Your Hosting CDN (WPX, GoDaddy)

WPX (https://kb.wpx.net/introducing-the-wpx-cloud-why-your-website-needs-it/), GoDaddy (https://www.godaddy.com/help/set-up-my-web-application-firewall-waf-and-cdn-26813), and other hosts have built their own CDN.
If using WPX, I recommend using LiteSpeed Cache + QUIC.cloud CDN since WPX uses LiteSpeed. And if using GoDaddy, I would use another CDN because GoDaddy isnt great at much. Most hosts use third-party CDNs in this list, so be sure to check who they actually use.
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8. Statically (https://statically.io/wordpress/)

Statically is a free CDN you can setup using their plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/statically/).
It can serve images, CSS, JavaScript, fonts, and even OpenGraph images from their CDN. Statically is also a multi-CDN which means the CDN provider is chosen based on which CDN has good health and performance. and is chosen from Cloudflare, Fastly, BunnyCDN, Google Cloud, and CloudFront. Statically is also used by the Flying Images plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/nazy-load/) from Gijo Varghese.

9. Sucuri CDN (https://docs.sucuri.net/website-firewall/website-firewall/sucuri-cdn/)

Sucuri is a security service at heart so I would personally lean towards a company that specializes in the CDN field, or at least speed optimization. Plus, they only have 14 locations which is unattractive. I havent had a chance to try their CDN, just know its not widely used.

10. JetPack (https://jetpack.com/features/design/content-delivery-network/)

JetPacks CDN is another option, but I never recommend using JetPack (https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/).
Its a slow plugin (https://onlinemediamasters.com/slow-wordpress-plugins/) with features you probably dont need. If youre using JetPack, learn which features youre using and install other plugins (or do things manually), then delete it. If you insist on trying it, it can serve all your images, photos, CSS, and static JavaScript files from their CDN.

Do You Agree?

Do you agree with these CDN rankings? Id love to hear your own experience in the comments. And of course, any suggestions you would like to see me add to this guide are always welcome.
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CDN performance test (source: CDNPerf (https://www.cdnperf.com/))

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https://onlinemediamasters.com/best-wordpress-cdn/