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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
253 views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
209 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
135 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
120 views

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, ...
7
votes
1answer
658 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
514 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
470 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
26k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
7answers
454 views

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. ...
3
votes
3answers
335 views

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?
10
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
805 views

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? ...
16
votes
2answers
13k views

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 whatever123wigglyw00....
18
votes
2answers
1k views

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, ...
3
votes
9answers
278 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
16
votes
4answers
7k views

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?
38
votes
4answers
935 views

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 ...