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7 Best WordPress CDN Services in 2022 (Compared)

Are you looking for the best WordPress CDN service for your website?

A CDN service speeds up your website speed by serving cached static content from servers located near your user’s geographic location.

In this article, we will show you the best WordPress CDN services, and how CDN helps speed up your WordPress site.

Finding the best WordPress CDN service

What is a CDN?

Content Delivery Network or CDN is a network of servers that delivers cached static content from websites based on the geographic location of the user. For more information, take a look at our infographic on why you need a CDN for your WordPress blog?.

What is a CDN

A CDN is not a WordPress hosting service. You will still need a WordPress hosting service to build your website.

How CDN speeds up WordPress?

Normally, your WordPress hosting company serves your website from a single location. All your website visitors access the same server.

If you have a high traffic website, then all those user requests will slow down your website. During peak traffic hours, it can even crash the server which will make your site temporarily unavailable.

A study conducted by Strangeloop discovered, that a single second delay in website speed causes 11% less page views and 7% less conversions.

Website speed and how it affects your conversions and page views

This is where CDN comes in. CDN caches your server’s static resources like stylesheets, javascript, and images.

When a user requests your website, all static resources are served through CDN servers. This reduces the load on your hosting server and makes it faster and more efficient.

Static content is served through a network of servers located in different geographical locations around the globe. Each user request is handled by a server closest to the user’s location. This reduces the page load speed, and your website becomes noticeably faster for all users.

That being said, let’s take a look at some of top WordPress CDN services, and how they stack up against each other.

1. Bunny.net

BunnyCDN Logo

Bunny.net is the best WordPress CDN in the market. They have data centers across the world with very affordable pricing plans for small businesses and developers.

Bunny is super easy to setup in WordPress. They have a their own WordPress plugin, or you can use it with other popular WordPress caching plugins such as WP Rocket and W3 Total cache.

You can manage your CDN usage with a beginner friendly control panel. It allows you to purge cache, view reports, setup locations, and more. Bunny CDN also allows you to add SSL certificate or use a shared SSL certificate to make sure that your cached content is served through SSL/HTTPS.

We have been using Bunny CDN on our OptinMonster product because their pricing is very affordable, and they have 54 PoP (point of presence) locations across North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Oceania.

They also offer volume discount which makes them the best WordPress CDN from both quality and pricing perspective.

Grade: A+

Pricing: Starting from $1 / month

2. Sucuri

Sucuri

Sucuri is a popular website security company. They offer a powerful WordPress firewall and CDN, which protects your website against DDOS attacks, malware, and other WordPress security threats.

Their website application firewall scans all user requests to your website before it reaches your hosting server. This blocks many spam, malware, and DDOS attacks.

On top of that, their anycast network is spread across the globe so your users are never far away from the fastest servers. Their firewall has double benefits: speed and security.

You can use Sucuri as a CDN or alongside other CDNs this list. We use it on WPBeginner (see how Sucuri helped us block 450,000 WordPress attacks) as our CDN and web application firewall. This reduces server load tremendously, as Sucuri firewall blocks all bad requests before requesting cached content from our SiteGround server.

Grade: A

Pricing Starting from $9.99 per month for a single website.

3. Cloudflare

Cloudflare

Cloudflare is most well known for their free CDN offering for for small websites. However, keep in mind that their free plan includes limited DDoS protection and doesn’t have all the features included in their paid plans.

It is easy to setup Cloudflare CDN in WordPress. It has a large network of globally distributed servers and it automatically caches static content. Cloudflare has an easy to use control panel to clean up cache and monitor performance.

They also have an ‘I am under attack Mode’ feature. It shows users a security page for a few seconds while analyzing the traffic and sending them to your website.

See our comparison of Cloudflare vs Sucuri to see how they protect your website against DDoS attacks and traffic spikes.

Grade: A

Pricing: Paid plans starting from $20 per month. They have many addons that are sold separately based on usage.

4. KeyCDN

KeyCDN

KeyCDN is another good option for a WordPress CDN service. They offer a powerful network of servers spread across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions.

It is easy to setup on many popular platforms including WordPress. Plans also include DDoS mitigation, free and custom SSL, HTTP/2 support, Restful API support, SSD servers, and powerful control panel.

KeyCDN offers pay as you go plans, which means you pay for what you use instead of a fixed monthly payment. This could reduce pricing for smaller websites, but unexpected growth in traffic may also increase costs.

Grade: B+

Pricing: Pay as you go starting from $0.04 per GB. Minimum $40 per year.

5. StackPath

StackPath

StackPath offers a rock solid CDN built on top of steadily growing platform. They have a larger network of servers spread across many countries around the globe.

Their secure CDN protects your website from DDoS attacks with load balancing and blocking features. All plans include website firewall which further reduces server load on your website and boosts page load time.

It is easy to setup for website owners and comes with a developer friendly set of tools and APIs. This allows developers to integrate their apps or websites into the StackPath API and take advantage of its powerful interface.

Grade: B-

Pricing: Starting from $20 per month.

6. Rackspace

Rackspace

Rackspace is a well known name in cloud computing, hosting, and enterprise level cloud solutions. They also offer a CDN solution built on top of the powerful cloud infrastructure.

Setup is a little bit more complicated than some other CDN services. Rackspace offers many other cloud solutions as well which makes it a bit complicated for users to find their way around.

It works well with WordPress and can be easily used with popular WordPress plugins. However, it does not offer any DDoS mitigation at all. For DDoS protection you’ll need to use Sucuri or Cloudflare.

Grade: C

Pricing Pay as you starting from $0.16 per GB.

7. Incapsula

Incapsula

Incapsula is another popular WordPress CDN solution. They have strategically located servers around the globe including a data center in South America. It is easy to setup and works well with WordPress caching and other plugins.

Incapsula offers website application firewall, SSL, 24/7 support, and DDoS mitigation as part of their paid CDN plans. They also have a free CDN plan which doesn’t include these features.

Grade: C

Pricing: Paid plans starting from $59 per month.

Conclusion

After carefully evaluating all these top WordPress CDN services, one thing was clear that Bunny.net is the best WordPress CDN in the market. They offer the most comprehensive set of features, at a reasonable pricing, and beginner friendly setup.

We would also recommend Sucuri, because it gets you access to their website firewall and cloud proxy. You can also use Sucuri with other CDNs to further boost your website performance.

If you are tight on budget, then Cloudflare’s free CDN plan can do the job.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress CDN solution for your website. You may also want to see our comparison of the best WordPress SEO plugins and best business phone services for small business.

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39 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Thanks a lot .
    this tutorial is mostly helpful for beginner’s..
    i am continueosly reading your article ,i gather more informative knowledge about wordpress from it.

    #please edit this line on this post,,,,,,,

    We have been using MaxCN on our websites for years. We believe that it is the most reliable, fast, and beginner friendly WordPress CDN service.

    here,,

    ## MaxCN is replaced MaxCDN

    • Thank you for letting us know, we’ll work on updating the name as soon as we’re able :)

      Admin

  2. Do you know if any of these CDNs will also work with pages on the site that are only accessible to logged in users (e.g. course content)? Does this present additional complexity? I’m thinking that it depends on how the CDN makes copies of the website on other servers, but I haven’t been able to find an answer to that.

    • Yes, a CDN should affect all pages on your site unless you specify it not to.

      Admin

  3. Hey, I see you use Sucuri, what’s the benefit of that over WordFence? Any real difference? Thanks for the post!

  4. Hello,
    I am also learning how to make my own CDN. Does it duplicate the content and affect SEO?
    Thank you

    • Most CDNs should have the option to set up canonical links to prevent duplicate content issues.

      Admin

      • Thank you,
        Yesterday I tried MaxCDN for my website. However after installing and configuring with WP Rocket. My site load speed from 1.6s increased to 2.2s on Gtmetrix and pingdom. I then removed MaxCDN from my site

        • Should you try a CDN again and it slows your site, you may want to check with the CDN and the caching plugin you’re using to ensure there isn’t an incorrect setting or a conflict with your caching plugin.

  5. We use cloudflare on our website, but traffic got dropped instead of increasing. Probably because of the cache plugin.

    • Thanks for sharing what happened with you, caching can certainly cause some issues depending on the issue.

      Admin

  6. May I know?

    How you create many url for cdn?

    cdn1, cdn2, cdn3, cdn4?

    I just can connect one cdn url only..

    Please tech me how

    • It would depend on the CDN you are using for your site. If you reach out to your CDN’s support they should let you know if and where you would set up your custom CDN domain for their pull zone.

      Admin

    • You would want to reach out to either of their supports to see if they have a current option to work together

      Admin

    • Thanks for pointing that out, MaxCDN and StackPath merged after we created this article and we will look to update the article with that information :)

      Admin

  7. What would be best CDN With image optimisation ? like I can control my image size by passing parameters to image or is it good to have image optimisation or not ?

  8. I very new at this with little experience. Because of the nature of my work, I have to update my website frequently – as in every couple of days or so. Will the CDN keep up with these updates or will visitors to my site continue to see the out-of-date version?

  9. Hi

    After 3 weeks using CDNmax I have realised they delete the cached files that have not been requested for 18 hours. But they did not tell me that when I paid for the service.
    The cache zone was set to keep the files for one year though. But this CDNmax parameter is useless.
    I feel very disappointed.
    Does anybody know a CDN service where the files are really cached and not swept out despite they have not been requested.
    Thanks

  10. Well! Nice list, am a big fan of cloudflare since 2010.

    Cloudflare is very easy to setup for a beginner, it also offers free ssl to your site.

    Even all my client work are using cloudflare service

  11. Cloudflare has 117+ PoPs

    StackPath is around 22 PoPs

    MaxCDN is around 22 PoPs.

    Also MaxCDN is owned by StackPath.

  12. I have been a fan of Cloudflare but have had so many problems after changing to secure sites https

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