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How to configure the Nexcess CDN with WordPress and WP Fastest Cache

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March 02, 2021

Using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) will allow site images and assets (JSS and CSS) to be served from the CDN Point of Presence nearest to the customer. This will improve load times for your site. Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce sites plans include the Nexcess CDN. 

Many businesspeople wonder How Does a CDN Work to Speed Up Your Ecommerce Site? but they will discover that the reasons are remarkably straightforward. Review the content, resources, and links in this article to learn more about those reasons in full detail.  

Step 1: Enable Nexcess CDN

  1. Log in to your Nexcess portal for your site. Select the Plan Dashboard for the correct site.

  2. Go to the Performance tab in the portal. 

  3. Click on the Configure CDN on Your Site and follow the steps to enable the CDN for your site.  

Step 2: Configure WP Fastest Cache

  1. From your WordPress admin panel, select WP Fastest Cache.

  2. Go to the CDN section in WP Fastest Cache then select the Other CDN Providers option. 

  3. In the CDN Url field type your origin CDN URL. For example, You will also need to enter your origin URL which would be your site domain.

  4. You can set which file types the be included that are served from the Nexcess CDN on your site. 

  5. You can select which URLs to exclude from the Nexcess CDN on your site. 

  6. Click Finish

  7. When you are testing the site using the Nexcess CDN using GTmetrix or WebPageTest it should be tested from multiple continents, if you're testing from a geographical region close to the origin server, the performance benefit will not be as apparent as it would to a test done in a different region.

  8. If you do need to purge the content being stored in the Nexcess CDN you can purge the CDN directly from the portal in the performance tab. For 24-hour assistance any day of the year, contact our support team by email or through your Client Portal.

Luke Cavanagh
Luke Cavanagh

Product Operations Manager at Nexcess. A devoted husband and tween wrangler. Synthwave enthusiast. Jerry Goldsmith fan. Doctor Who fan and related gubbins.

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