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How To Reconfigure Your Site From Using CDN

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September 21, 2021

Many businesspeople wonder how a CDN speeds 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.  

Sometimes you may want to test your site by using another CDN or by removing it from your application. You may also be wondering why there isn't a feature button that automatically disables the CDN.

This article will explain why removing the CDN is a manual process and how to disable the CDN in WordPress. 

Why You Can't Disable CDN Outright

While there are several ways to go about this, there is a good reason not to have a button that automatically disables the CDN. If we allow the ability to disable the CDN from within the Nexcess portal, this could potentially cause catastrophic problems with the application, such as a broken site. In addition, with a disabled CDN, the static assets would no longer connect as the CDN is not active. 

How to Disable CDN in WordPress

Thankfully, there are several ways to break the CDN connection from WordPress without disrupting the application's static assets. We can easily sever the CDN endpoint connection by simply deactivating the CDN plugin, such as "CDN Enabler." 

Disabling the plugin can be done from within the WordPress admin dashboard. You can also disable the plugin using WP-CLI, a command-line tool.



wp plugin deactivate cdn-enabler


The reason why we can outright disable the plugin is that it's only function. Other plugins make more use than just CDN, however. For example, plugins such as W3 Total Cache and WP Rocket are caching plugins that you would not want to disable outright. Instead, each plugin can turn off CDN directly from the plugin settings. 


See the following articles for details on how to set up a Nexcess CDN.

Luke Cavanagh
Luke Cavanagh

Luke Cavanagh, Strategic Support & Accelerant at Liquid Web, brings a decade of experience working with WordPress and WooCommerce to our product team. His GitHub page offers a glimpse into his multiple areas of subject matter expertise.

"Ninja stuff with WordPress and WooCommerce," is an apropos way to describe Luke's savviness with these platforms — and his way of influencing our organization for improving to them.

Coming out of the University of Brighton with a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Higher National Diploma (HND) in 2D & 3D Design, Luke's credentials prepared him well for his current role that blends both web development and design. His HND credential leveraged his foundational learning at West Kent College, where is received a National Diploma (ND) in Graphic Design.

In his personal life, Luke is a devoted husband and teen wrangler. He considers himself a Synthwave enthusiast, Jerry Goldsmith fan, and Doctor Who aficionado. He is happy to introduce his friends and teammates to essential vocabulary for life found only in British English, such as "gubbins" and similar terms.

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