Recently I bought a MaxCDN account, they are offering for something around $39.95/TB/Year, not that much, but the service and benefits they offer… awesome!… So what exactly is a CDN, I won’t explain you that part because this video does a much better job:
Pity!… so lets not worry, and see how to get this done, I will be using MaxCDN settings and feel other providers will be having more or less the same features. You will have your website running on CDN in next 15 minutes
- Set the pull zone for the website, yes setting up the pull-zone will initiate the CDN to copy all the slow loading elements (like css, images, js and other components), so how to do this, there is decent tutorial given here. still I would like you to have the following settings:Pull Zone Name : Any Name
Origin Server : http://<yoursite>/
Custom CDN : cdn.yoursite.com
Label : any thing
Compression : Enabled
- You are done, with initiating the server, you will be issued a temporary URL by the CDN host. now you will need to implement the cdn.yoursite.com to work, for which, just go to your hosting control panel>DNS Zone Editor>Add new DNS record for yoursite.com, with following settingsName: cdn.yoursite.com
TTL: xxxxx (check with your host)
Type : CNAME
CNAME: Temp URL issued by the CDN host.
once done, check manually that contents at the temp URL and cdn.yoursite.com is same.
- Now just open your website source code in your favorite editor notepad++ or emacs will do fine, and you basically change all the static content to load dynamically from the CDN. So the static content on your website like
12345<img src="/<dir1>/<dir2>/img.ext">changes to<img src="http://cdn.yoursite.com/<dir1>/<dir2>/img.ext">
so we are now loading from the CDN easily and dynamically, your CDN dashboard will start showing you statistics almost immediately, make sure you change the sources of all images, JS, CSS (at least) so that they will help performance by leaps and bounds. Will try to post soon about high level integration.