A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a system of computers containing copies of data placed at various nodes of a network.

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Costs of hosting static files on Google App Engine

I am considering using GAE as a kind of CDN, to host an entire static website. Soon they will start using new pricing. Does every site visitor start a frontend-instance? What will be the cost ...
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How much do other CDNs charge? [closed]

I'm currently using Amazon S3 and CloudFront as a CDN to serve my images. Amazon publish their prices on the site: $0.120 per GB transfer and $0.0075 per 10,000 HTTP Requests. However, other CDNs ...
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Two URL CDNs are better than one for SEO and Speed?

For example, my URL is: www.site.com For SEO, PageSpeed and Server Tweaking for ultimate performance, and speed, my code places static files like JavaScript, CSS and Images on my CDN: ...
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How to update DNS Zone for a static domain

I am running this site: www.thetechnofreaks.com on Wordpress. Recently I came across a plugin that claims to increase the page load efficiency of my site. the plugin details can be found here: ...
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Do Google/Twitter etc actually use distributed servers to serve their resources?

I'm trying to optimize my website and running a few tests using webpagetest.org. I tried the test from Singapore and Hongkong. I saw that while all facebook, quantcast, chitika scripts were loading ...
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CDN solutions pros and cons

As the sysadmin in our organization I've been asked to look into CDN solutions as we have plans to roll out a web platform that is targeted at developing countries. Here is my research so far on the ...
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is it true that CloudFlare really doesn't affect dynamic content?

I've been reading the CloudFlare FAQ, I understand that is acts as a reverse proxy and all requests to your domain will go through CloudFlare. They say in the FAQ that it won't slow down dynamic ...
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When to switch to a CDN?

I have read about CDNs and what they do. The question I have is three fold. When should you start to use a CDN? My site is small currently and do not see the need for a CDN but is there a general ...
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Is Google Page Speed Service a competitor for CDN services

I've been googling around for a cheap CDN service and came across: http://code.google.com/speed/pss/index.html This seems to be a competitor to other CDN services, is this the case? Thanks
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When and when not to use a CDN

I'm working on a web-application that loads a couple of small gif images onto the screen. I'm using a relative path, which means they are loaded from the same web server that serves the php page. The ...
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CDN png image not accessible from my machine

I'm getting a very strange error on http://cure.org where the following PNG image is not being delivered from the CDN to webkit browsers (both Chrome and Safari), but Firefox is loading it just fine. ...
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Using CDN vs having your own static server, and how it's done?

I would like to speed up my site and am considering moving all static files and user uploaded content to a separate server. I have an option to use a CDN or to setup my own static server and serve ...
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Separating static/uploaded content from the site

I have a site where I anticipate to have a large amount of users. I've heard that it is a good idea to separate user content (uploaded images) and place them on a separate static server where lighttpd ...
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Where does content distribution network come into picture for youtube

I have vaguely heard of CDNs (Content Distribution Network) and I suppose they come into picture in context of multimedia(audio/video) online sites like youtube. My question is what really are these ...
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Use a CDN to handle UGC uploads

I was on the phone with a sales guy from Akamai and he mentioned that they offer a service that can handle user generated content uploads (videos in our case) to their edge network. Unfortunately, ...
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How is Apple's enormously image-heavy site served so fast?

Took a profile of the "Smart Cover" page on Apple's site using Pingdom. It's requesting 241 objects for a total page weight of 3472.6 KB! An absolute mammoth. How does this possibly translate into ...
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Whole site caching on MediaTemple's ProCDN - cname setup

Am unable to properly configure ProCDN to point to my website's root. I have a completely static website: http://thaifood-recipes.com no PHP, MySQL, etc. Just static HTML, images, CSS, etc. I have ...
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Do CDNs work with POST operations?

I'm using a CDN (Level3) for the first time and I'm a bit confused. I'm accessing dynamic URLs such as http://cdn.mysite.com?getItem=1234 that return text data. Do CDNs work with HTTP POST ...
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Using YouTube as a CDN

Why isn't YouTube used as a CDN for video and audio files? Through YouTube's api and developer tools, it would be possible to post all media files to YouTube from a CMS and then make a call to them ...
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Does it matter where a server's physical location is?

I am located in the UK, and most of my clients are also in the UK. However. I find some of the products available in the US to be easier to use. I won’t name specific companies, but the price and ...
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What's the best FREE CDN service available? [closed]

It seems like using CDN is a best option to provide users a great browsing experience. But, plans of the major CDN providers seem costly. So, I would like to get used to the CDN thing before I ...
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What is the difference between CDN networks and which one is the best out there?

I run a popular site for which I would like to use a CDN network. So far I have found NetDNA since it is easier to setup with W3 Total Cache plugin. There is Rackspace Couldfiles and Amazon. But ...
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Looking for a CDN [duplicate]

Most of the CDN's that I've seen require you to upload your content in advance. I'm looking for a CDN that, upon receiving a request for a resource it hasn't seen, will contact my application server. ...
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Is it possible to know where a CDN's servers are located?

Are there any tools or online applications that can list where a CDN's servers are located?
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Image CDN with API?

My company uses flickr and picasa web albums as poor man's content delivery networks (CDN) for image hosting, but I'm curious if anyone has any recommendations on any other services that might be ...
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What's the pro/cons of Adobe TypeKit API? Any best practices?

With all the Open Source fonts I have available, and I can download them via the CSS font directive, what's the benefit of the TypeKit API? Are there drawbacks of this? How does it work technically? ...
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Is there a way of using HTTPS with Amazon's CloudFront CDN and CNAMEs?

We use Amazon's CloudFront CDN with custom CNAMEs hanging under the main domain (static1.example.com). Although we can break this uniform appearance and use the original ...
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Where can I find the full list of Google/Microsoft CDN hosted AJAX files?

While Google hosts this list and Microsoft hosts this one there are several files missing such as jQuery UI CSS. Where can I find a complete listing of all the resources offered for major AJAX CDNs, ...
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How do you enhance your websites speed without compromising the design and access?

How do you enhance your websites load speed without killing the design and accessibility? File compression, CDN, Gzip? What are the best tools for doing so? For example, Google has optimized their ...
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CDN for authenticated sites

We have a site that requires users to sign into. Typical stuff. Today, all the content (dynamic and static) is behind the login process, and you cannot access any of the pages or files via a URL ...
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CDN - Content Delivery Networks. How do they work and why would I want to use one?

What exactly is a Content Delivery Network (CDN), how does it work, and why would I want to use one for my web site? Which are the well-known CDNs out there?
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When did you decide to use a CDN? How did you measure the “success” of using a CDN?

When did you decide to use a Content Delivery Network? How did you measure the "success" of using a CDN to help justify the additional cost? Added a bounty. Hoping to get interesting stories from ...