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Why Do You Need a CDN for Your WordPress Blog? [Infographic]

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Are you wondering what a CDN or ‘content delivery network’ is and why it’s important for your website?

If you are looking to speed up your WordPress site, then a CDN is an extremely valuable tool. It quickly delivers content to the end user in different locations and improves the user experience.

In this article, we will show you why you need a CDN for your WordPress blog.

Why Do You Need a CDN for Your WordPress Blog? [Infographic]


What is a CDN and Why you need a CDN

To find out what a CDN is, simply click on the image above to view the infographic. You can also continue reading our article for written details.

Note: Just to clarify, a CDN is something you use in addition to having a web hosting account because it helps speed things up.

A CDN does not replace a web hosting account, as you still need to have a hosting provider like SiteGround or Bluehost.

What Is a CDN?

CDN is short for Content Delivery Network, which is a network of servers that deliver cached static content from websites to users based on the user’s geographic location.

If this sounds overwhelming, then let’s break it down in simpler words.

How Does a CDN Work?

Normally, when a user comes to your WordPress blog, their browser downloads the website from your web host’s server, such as Bluehost, SiteGround, or HostGator. Your web host’s server is located at a physical location, for example, Houston, Texas.

What this means is that every user is accessing this one server in Texas to view your WordPress website. Now, if you have a high volume of traffic, then you can overload your server, which leads to a slow-loading site or even a server crash.

This is where a CDN comes in handy. A CDN is a network of servers that are spread throughout the world. When you use a CDN, your static content is cached and stored on all these servers.

How does a CDN work

Static content includes images, stylesheets (CSS files), JavaScript, and more. When a user visits your website, the CDN technology redirects them to the closest server to their location.

For example, if your main server is hosted in Houston, TX, and someone from Durham, England, tries to access it, then they will be redirected to the closest server, which may be in London.

This limits the number of internet hops needed to transmit the static files to your end user. Because the user’s computer is closer in location to the CDN server, the files will load faster.

By having your content available on multiple servers around the world, you can make your pages load faster from the user’s perspective. In simple words, the closer the CDN server is to where your user is, the faster that user gets the content.

You may be wondering if a CDN is worth it on your website. Let’s look at why you need it for your WordPress blog.

Why Do You Need a CDN for Your WordPress Blog?

Having a CDN can impact your website’s performance and boost the user experience. Below are some of the advantages of using a CDN:

  • Speed – A CDN helps improve the page load time of your site and make it faster.
  • Crash Resistance – Using a CDN allows you to distribute the load to multiple servers instead of having 100% traffic to our main server, making it less likely to crash.
  • Improved User Experience – With a CDN making your website faster, you will notice a decline in bounce rate on your site. It also increases the number of pages viewed by each user. Clearly, a fast site means improved user experience.
  • Improvement in SEO – Google has stated that faster sites tend to rank higher in search engines. A CDN can boost your WordPress SEO and help you achieve higher keyword rankings.

Which Is the Best CDN for WordPress?

There are many WordPress CDN services on the market. We recommend as the best CDN provider that you use for your WordPress website. They have servers spread across the world and offer affordable pricing plans.

If you are looking for a CDN service that also provides security features, then we suggest using Cloudflare. They offer a powerful WordPress firewall and CDN to protect your site from different threats while ensuring fast load times.

Sucuri is another great option for a CDN that offers security features. However, you may want to read this post on reasons why WPBeginner switched from Sucuri to Cloudflare.

Expert Guides Related to WordPress Performance

Now that you know how a CDN can speed up your website, you may wish to see some other guides related to WordPress performance:

We hope that this article helped you learn why you need a CDN for your WordPress blog. You may also want to see our guide on how to get a free SSL certificate for your WordPress website and our expert picks for the best WordPress plugins for business sites.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    Great article. I use Cloudflare’s CDN for both speed and protection against DDoS attacks. Speed is crucial for me when it comes to CDN. During website testing, the impact of the CDN was really noticeable, and by that, I mean significantly. I have users from all over the world, so it’s essential for me that they receive information from a server located in their country. Otherwise, you explained the principle of CDN excellently. There were some minor details I didn’t know, even though I use a CDN. Now, at least, I understand how it all works in detail.

  3. Dennis Muthomi says

    I’m actually planning to migrate my WordPress site to a new hosting provider soon. I’m wondering…will my CDN keep my site up and running during the transition, or will things go offline until the migration is complete? I’d love to minimize any downtime, so if you’ve got any tips

  4. Mrteesurez says

    Thanks for this explanation, actually I didn’t know what CDN is actually is and how it works but this guide has explained it in details. Thanks.
    I want to ask: Does using wp super cache, total cache is sufficient for CDN features.

    • Jiří Vaněk says

      A cache plugin by itself is not a CDN. A cache plugin stores data on the origin server but doesn’t send data to servers abroad within a CDN network. However, some advanced cache plugins do offer their own CDN network provided by the plugin developer, which is usually a paid service. Alternatively, you can use a free CDN, like Cloudflare, and then connect a cache plugin that supports it. Plugins like WP Rocket and WP Fastest Cache can do this. I recommend trying Cloudflare’s CDN, which is free at the basic level, and connecting your existing cache plugin to it. The difference, especially in speed, is really noticeable.

  5. Kam says

    Thanks for this helpful article.

    I am with Bluehost and recently I selected CDN and noticed that my website was loading much faster. But, some users could not access my website as the following message came up:


    I got Bluehost to revert back to my original setting. Is their a way around this?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to BlueHost’s support and they should be able to assist.


  6. Abdullah says


    will I be losing all my blog posts if I changed my host from Hostgator to CDN network?

  7. Jim Boult says

    Thank you for clarifying the purpose of a CDN. A very straightforward and easy to understand explanation. wpbeginner is a great resource and I’m starting to appreciate your value to the WordPress community!

  8. Gagan says

    Can you please compare some Free CDN service for low traffic site which can’t afford services like MAX CDN. Cloudflare, Incapsula and Amazon are offering free cdn but don’t know which one to choose.

  9. Erwin says

    Thanks for interesting post.
    If I understand it correctly CDN is useful for websites with international orientation, but not for websites with a national user base. I am located in the Netherlands (small country), and my website is focusing on people in the Netherlands. Am I correct that CDN is not going to improve loading speed for my customers?

  10. Valerie says

    If a CDN is serving static content, why would one *also* need server-side and client-side caching?

  11. Kawsar says

    If you expect to get 2/3 k user maximum per day you never need CDN. It do not improve any performance . just choose a good hosting and fast theme.

  12. Swati says

    Thank’s for this article .it was easy to understand. I just wanna know how much does it cost .the basic price. I am from India.

  13. Weedney Desmornes says

    I have a MacBook Air and I do not want to overload it with files and downloads because the MacBook Air is not designed for that. Is there any way I can begin a website without overloading my computer?

  14. Ishaan Mehta says

    hey..i wanna use cloudflare..
    but they require to changes nameservers..will it cause any problems to d original hosting if i point domain nameserver details to cloudflare, n not to hostgator? or it will just work out automatically..? i m using wordpress 4.4.2 btw..plz reply..i need ur help! :-)

  15. Krishnandu Sarkar says

    Can I increase Default Cache Time to 12 month in MaxCDN? As the images, css, js that I have will never change. Yes I may add more images as I add more posts. But existing ones will be same as usual forever.

  16. shailaja says

    I registered cloudflare cdn to my . but all static files are not hosting by cloudflare. why any cloudflare settings is require.

    • Fritz says

      Fatt Kay, CloudFlare is free.

      To WPBeginner: “Why You Need a CDN for your WordPress Blog” is not a question and should not have a question mark. “What the heck is a CDN” is a question and should have a question mark. Nit-picky? Maybe, but mistakes like this are jarring to some of us, and detract from the value of your content. :-)

  17. Germain says

    so i think i going to singup with and i saw that them had a global cdn my question is if anyone know if that service its automatically activated or not?

  18. Alex Mega says

    How much total bandwidth would you recommend to purchase? Where could I find out how much bandwidth we go through on a regular basis. I mean traffic wise I’m sure it depends on location of users. So as a company that may see 100,000 page views/50k visitors or more a month is 100GB of bandwidth enough?

  19. Lazy Sapper says

    I have been using Cloudflare for CDN. But unfortunately, I don’t see decline in the consumption of CPU resources.

  20. Syed Balkhi says

    Just updated the article.

    To answer your question: No CDN does not replace a hosting account. It works with your hosting provider to balance the load and speed things up. You still need a web hosting provider.

  21. Naval says

    What do you think about this cdn speed test tool at Should I follow their recommendation if I choose to go for a free solution?

  22. Mark says

    I would recommend going with high quality hosting with your own static IP address and reliable hosting/page refresh rates before using CDN.

    It’s my understanding that Google ranks sites based on their geographic targeting. Google seems to be focused on providing the best rankings for the smaller businesses in their local markets. This also improves Google’s advertising revenue by having many more sites competing for the same category advertising keywords.

    Larger companies are able to have multiple websites in multiple geographical locations and can more easily globally dominate ranking categories.

    It’s not clear to me that CDN provides a valuable multiple geographical location presence?

    Please comment on how CDN would improve say… your UK search engine ranking (UK visitor traffic) for example if your geographic target was the US?


  23. William V. says

    Great overview on what a CDN is and how it works.

    I just wanted to add one note… CDNs don’t only accelerate the delivery of static content, but also dynamic content (any content generated in real time by the origin server— e.g. applications) as well. Dynamic content is not cachable, but CDNs can speed up the request and returns from the server through a series of proxy servers/nodes strategically placed around the world… basically creating a more direct route for the data packets to travel through. Traditional internet protocols require that data packets travel through more connecting points, which delays the arrival of data packets… making it slower to load on the client.


    • Ryan Williams says

      Not sure this is right. I’ve conducted tests with every major CDN out there, and in all cases it’s significantly slower accessing uncacheable dynamic pages rather than just going to the origin server directly.

      However, it is true that dynamic pages can too benefit from a CDN. The key is to use a CDN that allows almost instant purging, so you have it cache everything and then your application can send a ‘purge’ request to the CDN when it knows an update has occurred (e.g. new post or comment). Of course, this requires specific integration.

      • Sander says

        Actually, if the majority of the page is loaded via CDN content, and the dynamic part of the page is loaded via AJAX, a CDN could considerably increase the speed of a true dynamic page. Obviously, after the page is loaded, a CDN would not help increase the speed of the next AJAX load. But to an uninformed user, the feel of the website would be generally quicker with a CDN than without a CDN.

  24. Pritush says

    Now wordpress offers free CDN with Jetpack plugin.. how efficient is that compared to paid CDN like maxcdn ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      We will probably do a comparison in some article. However, we would still recommend MaxCDN. Installing jetpack in self-hosted WordPress requires you to connect your WordPress site to and many users don’t want to do that. Also Photon just serves images it calls itself image acceleration and editing service, not a CDN.


  25. Hemant Aggarwal says

    Your website was down because of HostGator’s server issue. Does any CDN provides caching of web pages too?

  26. Alan says

    Hi, can you tell me if the servers all over the globe have static pages and you update a static page, how long does it take for the servers to update that page? Can you force and update of static pages, and how do you do that? Thanks

  27. Forever Long says


    I can see this blog entry is a few months old now, however I have just completed building a site on Wix and its sole purpose is e-commerce hopefully on a global scale. Problem is however we have noticed for a while that the website was sluggish during building and still is after going premium and adding more bandwidth. Can MaxCDN solve our problems? Wix only ever gives out canned responses such as “you must compress images” and “please disable the auto rotate function from your slideshow” this is aggravating to say the least. this is the website in question

    would be really grateful for your thoughts and assistance i’ve spoke to MaxCDN and they said they can help, however you never know whether its a sales pitch?

    • Jen Street says

      I have created a few sites using Wix, including my own portfolio site. I offer it to clients who want a very simple site with few updates that is cheap. I plan on moving my own site to WordPress. After learning to create in WP, although with each theme it’s like having to relearn how that specific theme operates, I highly recommend WordPress and find it to be my preferred platform to develop websites from.

  28. David says

    Just wondering, can your use two CDNs at once, like MAXCDN and Cloudflare?, what are the consequences? is it feasible?

  29. TechZoomOrg says

    Hi. I am using CloudFlare & WP Total Cache. Now, can we still get maxCDN working for the same site? Will it make a significant difference?

    What would you differentiate & suggest for people using CloudFlare for their WP sites.

    Eager to explore more. Thanks :)

    • wpbeginner says

      @TechZoomOrg If you are using CloudFlare then you don’t really need MaxCDN. From our understanding it is an either / or solution.

      • Raulnayak says

         @wpbeginner  Actually,Cloudflare doesnt affect the website as much as MaxCDN, I would recommend that you use both MaxCDN as well as cloudflare and it will be very fast!!

  30. wpbeginner says

    @kath.gamboa First of all the idea is that CDN service will not go down because they have so many datacenters across the globe. But lets imagine the worst and say that if it does go down, then all you have to do is go into your W3 Total Cache plugin, and turn off CDN for that time. All of your content will then be served directly from your server.

    Remember, you never upload any content directly to the CDN servers. You always upload it to your web hosting server, and CDN simply mirrors it.

  31. kath.gamboa says

    What happens when the CDN service goes down? Does that mean that the website’s static content will be inaccessible as well? If yes, are there ways to revive the website when the CDN service goes down?

  32. PeterApalais says

    Okay how does it work. I am with hostgaor. I want faster page loads etc. I personally live in Australia. So there is is delay because of that huge big distance the information has to travel. Okay for someone who lives next to the server in the USA, but not ideal for here in OZ.

    1. Does MaxCDN have a server here in Australia?

    2. What about Amazon S3, do they have a server in Australia?

    3. Does anyone?

    4. Does the CDN have copies off everything that is on my website. So like the HTML files as well? If so, maybe a work around for me would be to get a web host based here in Australia. This will allow fast loading here, then use the CDN for the rest of the world.

    5. So I guess, if I am browsing from the England, will it pull everything from the England server, and nothing from the hostgator server back in the US??


    • Raulnayak says

       @PeterApalais I think yes,its der In sydney or its being planned.. See here,  .. I would recommend MaxCDN because they charge on pay-as-you go basis i.e as $ 40 per 1TB of data… Amazon is costly. It mirrors the whole website and creates cache or the websites so in the event that the server is down,the website doesnt go offline.. I personally use it for my

  33. wpbeginner says

    @AstroGremlin Doesn’t matter how big the site is, CDNs will help regardless. But if the small site is your personal site, then it is probably not worth you having the CDN.

    • Raulnayak says

       @wpbeginner Actually,the best part of MaxCDN is that it doent matter how big or small your website is, It has a wonderful pay-as-you go plan where you have to renew only when you are done using the 1 TB you bought.. So if the 1 Tb doesnt get used up even after 2 years, its fine,the plan will go on… 

  34. AstroGremlin says

    I notice that the rate one pays depends on volume (which seems very fair). But how can I tell how many gigs my blog is serving up? Also, does CDN makes sense for a really low traffic site?

    On caching: I tried W3 but it was causing conflicts. I switched to Supercache and haven’t looked back.

  35. Peter says


    I have a question, is there any alternative plugin to use with WordPress and MaxCDN other than w3totalcache ?

    w3totalcache is causing some memory problems on my VPS server ?

    • Jason H says

      WP-Super Cache is a bit simpler to use that W3 Total Cache and has a tab to configure Origin-Pull CDNs. Otherwise, you can use another plugin in conjunction for Push CDNs but I would recommend Origin-Pull be a requirement of the CDN you go with.

  36. Bob says

    I on a bluehost shared server and was thinking about paying extra for a static ip address – would a static ip address increase my website speed?

    But now reading this I wonder if I should bypass the static ip address and just go for a CDN solution instead?

    I have done all the minifying, caching, etc, so did assume the next step was a static ip address. But perhaps it is really a cdn solution that I need?

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