A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a network of servers that are situated in numerous locations around the globe. By replicating the content on various edge servers that offer content to users based on their location, a CDN reduces the time it takes for devices to load a website and delivers content to many users more quickly. The end-user receives content instantaneously due to a content delivery network.
If the server is pinging for each request, the webpage will take a while to load, especially if the server is far from the user. This slow response is also referred to as latency, and a CDN was designed to get around it. Every time a request is made, CDN saves a copy of the webpage and sends it to the end-user from the closest server instead of pinging a web server for every request.
Nexcess CDN access and your website’s CDN configuration
Nexcess plans make CDN access straightforward. To expedite content delivery to users, the Nexcess Edge CDN accesses, gathers, and serves images and other materials from a collection of servers dispersed across regions. To conserve bandwidth and reduce latency, it employs nodes and "edge locations" to determine the fastest route to the user.
The server on which a website’s assets are kept is known as an origin server. Assets must be retrieved from their origin server before they become accessible from the CDN. Origin servers come in two flavors:
- CDN origin servers
- Customer origin servers
To meet your CDN data delivery demands, you can use various origin servers.
The CDN setup will vary depending on the Content Management System (CMS) that your website may be using. Every Nexcess Cloud, Managed WordPress, and Managed WooCommerce plan comes with a free CDN addon. While Managed WordPress and WooCommerce plans provide CDN for every website inside the plan, Nexcess Cloud plans will only support CDN for the primary website on the plan.
Our extensive Nexcess Knowledge Base is filled with articles to help you understand the abstract topics of web hosting. Some of them are:
- How does a CDN work to speed up your ecommerce site?
- What is a Content Delivery Network (CDN)?
- Content Delivery Network (CDN) benefits and features
Nexcess CDN access and setup step-by-step procedures
Unlike other hosting plans out there, Nexcess plans include the CDN. So for that particular reason, additional signing up or setup is not required.
To activate the CDN on your website, you’ll first need to log into your Nexcess Client Portal. To do so, you will need your Nexcess username and password. If you can't find this information, go to the Nexcess Client Portal login page and click Forgot Password? or contact our Support Team.
CDN access and setup for Magento 2 sites
If your website is hosted within a Magento Cloud plan, you’ll need to go to Plans > Nexcess CDN:
The Nexcess CDN section is where you can find the CDN Endpoint and which domain it’s pointed to. Also, you’ll be able to purge the cache here: