“A 1-second delay in page load time equals 11% fewer page views, a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction, and 7% loss in conversions.” – The Aberdeen Group study.
Who loves to wait? I guess no one. Similarly, while visiting your website, if visitors have to wait for more than 2 to 3 seconds for your website page to load, they will abandon your site, getting frustrated as waiting sucks! Moreover, longer load times clog up your website besides eating up bandwidth and negatively affecting your indexation and search engine ranking and conversions.
Among the lot of ways to improve page loading speed, content delivery network is considered the best as it improves your site speed while reducing bounce rate, and security as well. It catches your site content and stores it on global servers, thus eliminates the need of going to the primary hosted server that is far away from user, instead the user request is served by the nearest CDN server- making your site load fast, improving page views and user engagement.
For best CDN experience visit https://www.znetlive.com/content-delivery-network/
CloudFlare, a San Francisco based company is another one of the best CDN service providers besides Azure CDN. It has its own custom – built system, designed to speed up every website, globally. The CloudFlare CDN grants FREE CDN to any online website including DNS and DDoS protection.
CloudFlare global CDN is easy to setup unlike other traditional CDNs and is zero configuration, once you sign up for CloudFare.
This blog post describes a step-by-step CloudFlare CDN service setup tutorial to help boost your website speed- follow the steps given below:
Step by Step guide to set up CDN server
Step 1. For setting up a CDN, first visit CloudFlare site https://www.cloudflare.com/ and sign up or login if you already have an account with CloudFlare.
Step 2. Add your website to speed up.
Step 3. Add DNS Records for your domain name like we have done for znetlivead.tk domain in the below screenshot.
Step 4. Change your DNS records – click on records and change them.
Step 5. Check and verify all DNS settings & nameservers and then if required add A, AAAA, and CNAME records here.
Step 6. Once all records are added, click on the Continue button.
Step 7. Select your domain registrar through drop down list and configure CloudFlare DNS records in your domain control panel.
Step 8. Now, log into your domain registrar and change your records so that znetlivead.tk starts receiving all the speed and security benefits of CloudFlare.
Step 9. After configuring your DNS records, click on I’m done button to activate your domain name.
You are now installed and CloudFlare is activated on your website.
Check your page loading speed after 24 hours- you will see improvements in site loading and in page views too.
Let me know how CloudFlare worked with your site.
In case you have any query regarding this write-up or CloudFlare CDN setup, let me know through comments section. I’ll be happy to assist you.
Akshay Kumar Soam
Akshay Soam, a system admin-Linux & Windows, is a Red Hat certified security specialist, handling technical issues and providing remote support. In his free time, he enjoys playing cricket and video games.