Speed up WordPress with a plugin and inexpensive CDN.

Found a fantastic article today that I thought was worth sharing. The article shows a great plugin that will help significantly speed up your WordPress installations. The plug-in is called W3 Total Cache and it uses a CDN called MAXCDN.

For $10 a year (1TB of bandwidth) Maxcdn will serve all your files for you without you having to lift a finger. MaxCDN grabs all the files itself..pretty cool no? I just signed up today and already noticed a large increase in load times for my WP site. I will report back on reliability once I’ve used the service for a bit longer.

For the price it’s worth checking out.

Links:

Full article – http://rackerhacker.com/2010/02/13/wordpress-w3-total-cache-maxcdn/

WP Plugin – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

MaxCDN – http://www.maxcdn.com/

PS: This plugin has helped raise my Google Page Speed score up 12 points. That is quite a jump!

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There is a wordpress plugin called CDN Tools that is nearly identical in functionality that works with Cloud Files and our CDN partner LimeLight Networks as well. Here’s a link to the plugin ::

CDN Tools http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cdn-tools/

I use CDN Tools, and it is completely transparent. Whenever you upload an image, you’ll see a note that CDN sideloading is enabled. It stores the image locally, and automatically sends it to Cloud Files. If you ever uninstall the plugin, the local files are there already, and the rollback is transparent as well.

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I still see the MaxCDN deal as better & cheaper for WP site caching. $10 for a TB of bandwidth (per year) and since you aren’t physically storing the data (Pull Zone vs Push Zone) there are no data storage fees. It’s strictly a caching service meant to serve cached files from multiple locations.

Now if I was looking to keep a secondary storage for my files or a traditional CDN to serve files of my choosing I would look to Cloud Files.

Not to mention WP Total Cache has many many more features directed specifically at making WP run faster. Whereas CDN Tools seems to really only offer the ability to serve files via a CDN.

Check out the full article link for more details. It was written by Major Hayden who is a Senior Systems Engineer at Rackspace.

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I have done 2TB of transfer with MaxCDN (in the 1.5 month) and had only one small issue.

Their support is awesome and the cost is great $.10 per GB.

Origin Pull is much better than uploading the files. All you have to do to stop using it is turn off the check box in W3Cache.

If you sign up, email MaxCDN and tell them Franklin Townes is your referral. He is the author of W3Cache.

don’t run a WP site with out it.

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