What is a Content Distribution Network?

A content distribution network is a series of computers that store copies of your web pages or applications. It is used by webmasters and engineers to reduce the latency of connecting to foreign servers.

Each server within this network is considered a node. When the user connects to your website the Domain Name Server will point them toward the correct server that will give the user their fastest connection.

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Cloudflare's Content Distribution Network

How can I check if am using Content Distribution Networks?

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Setting up Cloudflare's Content Distribution Network

Cloudflare has many pricing options, including one free domain per account. If you are looking at content distribution networks, I strongly recommend trying out their free service. However, websites with more traffic may wish to use a paid plan.

Here’s how to set up your CDN:

Register an Account

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Changing Name Servers

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Configuring SSL Certificates

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How to check your Content Distribution Network is setup?

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