What a Content Delivery Network can do for you
Providing your website visitors with a positive experience can make a big difference for your business. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a global network of servers that can improve the speed and security of your website. By optimally delivering your content and enhancing website performance, a CDN can increase the value of your online presence.
A CDN works by storing website data across servers in multiple locations around the globe. Latency is reduced by connecting your website visitors to the server closest to their physical location, allowing your website to load faster. Caching static data (information that doesn’t change) is standard among all CDNs. 1&1’s CDN, powered by CloudFlare, employs a technology called Railgun™ which provides a unique solution to quickly deliver dynamic content (frequently changing data). This enables loading times to be up to 700 per cent faster.
In addition to providing your customers fast access to your website content, maintaining a secure website is essential for conducting a successful business online. By doing everything you can to prevent malicious activity, your business stays safe and so do your website visitors. A CDN can improve the security of your site by analysing your traffic and determining which sources are legitimate. Automatically denying access to dangerous sources can protect your website from spammers, SQL injection attacks, DDoS attacks, and other online threats that can be detrimental to your business.
Using 1&1’s Web hosting and CDN has been a great asset to St Albans City Youth FC. Mervyn Morgan commented, “Since implementing 1&1 CDN powered by CloudFlare, our members, supporters, sponsors (and competitors), have experienced faster loading times when visiting our website. Everything from match reports, timetables, links and other static information appears in seconds compared to minutes. Such a feature is vital to us, but even more so to our sponsors and members. Now our competition can see how great we are in just a matter of seconds.”
1&1’s CDN combines the reliability of 1&1’s state-of –the-art data centers with CloudFlare’s high-quality global network. Customers’ website data is cached in 23 data centers around the world and is delivered to the end-user from the server closest to their location. In addition to the performance and security benefits already noted, 1&1’s CDN powered by CloudFlare provides priority image loading for mobile devices (called Mirage™) to further improve loading speed. This feature is included for free with the 1&1 Unlimited and Performance web hosting packages and Managed Servers. For even faster loading times, 1&1 CDN Plus powered by CloudFlare offers a premium image optimisation technology called Polish™, hourly statistics and other features for an additional fee.#CDN