Check out the 15 Best Content Delivery Networks (Best CDN) also the best MaxCDN alternatives available.
Containing data copies located in different nodes of selected servers a content-delivery network system is essentially a collection of different internet servers that serves close to one-third of most-visited websites. This system functions to improve accessing speed for data that’s downloaded as well as applications, web-objects, queries or media streams etc by increasing access bandwidth and reducing latency. Overall the system improves scalability and reduces the load on web applications.
Best Content Delivery Networks 2018
Akamai is a famous CDN that supports many Fortune-50 sites and handles about 15-30% of total web traffic. There are also many cheaper and efficient alternatives. Some companies prefer resorting to their own option of open-source libraries and free public CDNs like jQuery.
Check out this shortlist of best Content Deliver networks –
It costs $0.075 for every 10,000 HTTP requests and $0.0100/10,000 HTTP within-US requests and offers database, storage, and cloud computing services. Amazon CloudFront lets users choose reserved capacity-pricing in case their usage level is below 10TB/month in a region.
MaxCDN is shared-host compatible and extends database/pages/posts/RSS caching. It offers an easy installation and uploading experience. It costs 2.9 cents per GB and #39.95 per year per 1000 GB. However MaxCDN doesn’t have a sufficient node setup in Asia.
Google App Engine CDN
Google has jumped into CDN services which are almost similar to Amazon S3 + EC2. This is used for running web apps, hosting websites and data storage. With their free plan, you get 5,000,000 page views per month with 500 MB storage and 10 hosted projects but you need to be absolutely a geek in coding especially knowledge of Python & web apps development because they offer no support.
You get grid service, dedicated server, a fast data access in very affordable prices. ProCDN is the first CDN authorized for hosting iASP for flash-communication server of Macromedia and Linux. Cost is $20 monthly for 200 GB data transfer.
CloudFlare does a tremendous job when it comes to CDN. Good thing is that the company offers free CloudFlare to get started and later on you can update for CloudFlare Pro for $20 a month, CloudFlare Business for $200 a website and CloudFlare Enterprise plans costing $5000 a month average.
BitGravity has nodes in North America, Europe and extends software, audio, advertisement and video delivery. It’s amid the first CDNs that brought in interactive broadcasting and offers the CMS-only package at $179/ month.
HighWinds are perfectly suitable for downloading large digital media content/files or streaming video online. HighWinds is among the fastest growing CDN providers in terms of leveraging the Internet for content downloads.
The company offers free trial and coming to prices, they say one size doesn’t fill all and so we have custom CDN pricing solution for individual needs.
A full-service CDN that provides video-streaming, large volume downloading and image caching, CDNetworks has higher than 80 POPs in about 52 geographical locations and provides one of best transfer performances at $0.50 per GB.
A2 hosting is offering free CDN via CloudFlare if you purchase hosting from them. No anyone who isn’t aware of the fact that CloudFlare offers free CDN and HostGator all cPanel comes with one click CloudFlare setup. Interesting way to promote web hosting services.
Edgecast offers fast access to biggest sites at $250/500 GB on monthly basis. They also offer free trial to let you know how fair are their services.
Cotendo is a CDN that works through SSL for delivering secure and highly efficient options. It has a CDN-balanced for distributing content and charges a minimum of $400 for 1 million DNS queries every month.
Get software that can be used for organizing, streaming and storing website content with SoftLayer. It extends 250-GB bandwidth at $45 while its pay-as-you-go begins at $0.20/ GB. SoftLayer provides reliable service.
GoGrid is priced on the level of pay-as-you-go and doesn’t require you to enter a contract on a minimum usage. It has a global footprint that gives nineteen POPs across four continents. GoGrid charges a a minimum of $0.25/GB.
Free, with source code available via GNU GPL, CoralCDN works by locating cached objects and improving data availability. It’s based on Coral- a key index infrastructure that however does get blocked by certain antivirus and web-filter software or packages.
Update – CoralCDN is dead
If you love free things then you might be interested in using the following CDN equivalent stuff –
Photon by JetPack
Photon is a JetPack WordPress module which is meant for image acceleration. Using this module your site will see faster loading displaying the images via their own CDN. To get this accomplished, you need to download JetPack by WordPress and enable Photon module.
Other CDN that you can give try are –
- Incapsula CDN
So which of these CDN for website acceleration are you using?