Best Content Delivery Network (CDN) Providers

Having a fast loading website is key. Numerous studies have shown that the faster your site loads, the less likely people are to bounce and the more likely they are to interact with your site whether that be reading your content, adding comments or posts, or making a purchase. The problem is that regardless of how much work you do to optimize your code, images, databases, and server to maximize speed, you are at the mercy of the network between the service your site is hosted on and the end user. This may not make much of a difference if the distance is short, but if the person accessing your site is a continent away, the time it takes to load and render your website may be many times longer when compared to accessing the site locally.

A content delivery network (CDN) helps speed up your website in part by shortening the distance between the person visiting your site and the server delivering the content. Your site, or at least some of the elements of your site are distributed and cached on servers across the globe. That way, whether someone is accessing your site from Australia, China, the U.S. or the U.K., they are able to load your content from a local server instead of having to wait for it to be provided by your origin server. This can have a significant impact on load times while also reducing the strain on your hosting server. This can also save you on bandwidth costs.

Almost all of the top online retailers, banks, portals, brokers, etc., make use of a CDN. And with the range of options and pricing plans available today (including free services), a content delivery network is something that just about every webmaster should look into.

To help you get started, here is a list of the top ten best commercial content delivery networks.
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The Top Ten

1
CDNetworks
Having been an IT Director for the last decade and having worked with a number of CDN vendors I can honestly say that from a global performance stand point CDNetworks are peerless. Despite being cheaper than the market leader.

Edward Ho, CIO
I used to work with CD Networks when Korean government supported to launch online gaming global service platform (GSP) with its web site, W. Gamengame. Com.
As the director for that program, I was in the position to choose which service we apply. In fact, we used Akamai for the first 3 months, but soon we switched to CDNetworks.
We needed flexibilities in using the contents downloading infra-structure, and CDNetworks knew our needs and satisfied us.
If you consider CDN regardless of your cost, then you have several options.
But if you want to meet a CDN open to your requirement,
CDNetworks will be the best. David Kim / MarkAny
Better reach, availability, and performance than any of the other CDN's. They are the only other viable alternative choice to Akamai. CDNetworks is in China as well with Dynamic and Static acceleration.
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2Akamai
If you can afford it, they are the best. This is the company behind FaceBook and other massive global web properties. In fact, Akamai claims to deliver between 15-30% of all Web traffic. If you have a need for a top notch CDN, and the capital to pay for it, then it makes sense to join the 96 out of the 100 top online retailers in the U.S. that rely on Akamai.
Akamai is the market leader in content delivery. The FIFA 2014 has been an excellent display of the flawless service Akamai provides.
Great performance - but customer service is taking a hit and their constant product changes don't help.

3CDNsun
The CDNsun has very good prices and with them you pay as you go. They have an extensive network and they provide help with integration of CDN. They also provide Shared SSL for free as well as free trial.
They have a very large CDN network and in my humble opinion the best PAYG prices.
From my experience one of the most affordable pricing plans. The quality is also great and awesome technical support :) JT
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4CloudFlare
Akamai is great for the big boys, but for the rest of us who can't justify a 5 figure monthly payment for our CDN, CloudFlare is a great solution. At no charge, CloudFlare will provide their basic level CDN, DNS, Always Online service, web page optimization, and website security features. Then, for only $20 per month, you can have this service expanded with higher priority performance, mobile optimization, and near real time stats. And if you need even more, CloudFlare offers advanced web optimization for dynamic content, and advanced DDoS mitigation.
The best one out there. Helped me a lot for my small websites.
It is great!
I used it in behamooz.com

5Amazon CloudFront
Pay as you go service leveraging the expertise of the world's largest online retailer.
Works well, very affordable
It's a good server provider

6EdgeCast
These guys are the new, hot thing!

Their Customer Service and Tech Support is way better than the others.

I love the fact I got a Test Trial before I bought them.. They gave really good integration support.
Great Support, Powerful and flexible self-provisioning interface. Real time content purging. Very fast configuration propagation time (About 1 hour). Very convenient and powerful API. Real time reporting. Advance caching rule engine. Performance on-par with Akamai while cost is about 30-50% less.
Best customer support; best performance; best reporting functionality; and now with the Verizon acquisition, the best network footprint.
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7Limelight Networks
Highest performing CDN in all regions of the globe
Professional and no fine print
Nonsense service.
This results are very very old! I believe Akamai is number one and Limelight networks is number two!

8MaxCDN
I bought a maxcdn account for 29$ and have used it to speed many of my blogs at the best cost.
In terms of speed, it beats CloudFlare, and more highly ranked then the other sites
Pleased with the speed they cache images.

10CacheFly
CacheFly is speedy + reliable and price is right. It just works. Good network locations. No config changes needed.

The Contenders

11CDN77
The CDN77 has the best performance/price ratio from all of these CDNs listed a above. They have outstanding coverage around the whole world. They have also pay as you go service. And lots of world brand customers...
CDN77 is the best "reachable" solution, however Akamai and CDNnetwork is just still somewhere else. If you can't afford 5 figure monthly payment for these CDNs choose CDN77.
Content Delivery Network stores your content on worldwide network of servers. Your visitors will get it from closest location. That reduces page load times and download times, which increases click-throughs, conversions, sales and repeat visits.
I have migrated to CDN77 from Amazon CloudFront and got better performance and lower price at the same time. So I absolutely agree it's good value for money.
Also find their support really helpful (and available on livechat 24/7, which is not a standard with other CDN providers).
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12Highwinds
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13CDNlion.com
They offer a great value-based pay as you go cdn service with transparent pricing unlike other cdn providers. It's easy to add resources and speed up websites anywhere in the world. They also added some nice features to dashboard. After couple months I'm very happy with them.
Large network with global reach, great prices in USA and Australia, easy to use dashboard and very helpful technical support.
Awesome provider. Very happy with them.
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14Level 3
The actually one a tier one network!
Visit Level 3 Website

15SoftLayer
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16CDNify
CDNify is a 'pay as you grow' service which is aimed at startups and developers. Its easy to use and instant to setup and works very well too. They have a large number of PoPs globally backed by a solid support team.
Visit CDNify Website

17ITWorksCDN
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18CloudOYE.com
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19Octoshape
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20KeyCDN
I prefer keycdn because it is simple to configure and they have in all regions the same price. custom ssl is free! That rocks
I'm very happy with this CDN. Best price. Top performance. Great support.
I use it with Wordpress Total Cache. Works good.
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21HiberniaCDN
Great service & support.

22WebMobi Networks
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23CDNvideo
Very good and fast CDN and cloud services with low rates and excellent technical support.

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