I was very impressed with the number of deals that WordPress theme and plugin developers offered over Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I wasn’t on the lookout for a new theme, plugin or hosting but I did take advantage of one offer.
The content delivery network MaxCDN reduced the price of the first terabyte of data (1,000GB) on their network from $39.95 to only $1. This vast amount of data may be enough for more than a year for some blogs.
What is a Content Delivery Network?
Your website is hosted on a server. This server is physically located somewhere around the world. For those who are geographically close to the server, the speed of your website should be pretty quick, however the further you go from your server, the slower your website will be.
MaxCDN address this issue by taking a static copy of all the content on your website (pages, images, videos, CSS etc) and reproducing it over hundreds of servers around the world. This means that the distance between a visitor and your website content is vastly reduced.
So what does this mean? Well, it means that your website will load much much quicker. Slow loading times can frustrate your visitors so by using MaxCDN on your website you should see an increase in traffic. Search engines also place a high importance on the speed of a website so you should see a big increase of traffic from search engines and a jump up the rankings.
Also, as your content is hosted on MaxCDN, the bandwidth on your hosting account will be reduced. For larger websites this will greatly reduce your monthly hosting bill.
MaxCDN works for a number of different platforms. With WordPress it utilises the fantastic W3 Total Cache plugin. There is a step by step tutorial on MaxCDN that walks you through the whole process of setting it up. Beginners may find this process difficult though you will be glad to know that the support provided by MaxCDN is support. I know this first hand.
I went through all the steps correctly but there was still something that wasn’t correctly so I used the live chat feature and spoke to someone named Robert on MaxCDN. He did a few checks but couldn’t find exactly what was wrong. So I set him up with a temporary admin account and he logged into WPMods and set everything up correctly. I was honestly surprised at the quality of support I received after paying one dollar.
Supercharge Your WordPress Website For Only $1
I’ve only been using MaxCDN for a day so I’m not in a position to give you any details about how much quicker WP Mods is to load or report any jump in traffic. MaxCDN has certainly been active though, with around 12GB of transfer activity already
The offer was only supposed to be for Black Friday (November 25) however it is still available today so I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal. If you are still unsure about what MaxCDN does please let me know and I’ll try and explain in more detail :)