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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1MaxCDNTheTopTens Trusted Partner*MaxCDN is a content delivery network provider, based in Los Angeles, California. The company emphasizes reducing latency of rich-content delivery.

I bought a maxcdn account for 29$ and have used it to speed many of my blogs at the best cost.

Pleased with the speed they cache images.

In terms of speed, it beats CloudFlare, and more highly ranked then the other sites

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2IncapsulaTheTopTens Trusted Partner*Incapsula Inc. is a cloud-based application delivery platform. It uses a global content delivery network to provide website security, DDoS protection, load balancing and failover services to clients.

Easy, very fast to implement, no re-coding required, and doesn't need to fully hijack your domain for it to work.

The real plus with Incapsula is that it has a well integrated, non-third party WAF and DDoS mitigation service. When CDN offering have become so homogenous, this detail sets them apart.

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3CDNetworksFounded in 2000, CDNetworks is a full-service content delivery network which provides technology, network infrastructure, and customer services for the delivery of Internet content and applications.

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

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.

CDNetworks are ahead of the curve in the CDN market, and still the only network to be able to deliver dynamic web content in the largest retail market of the world - China.
It is frankly no question that small giant is the one to watch over the forthcoming years.

David Sanchez, CTO

CDNetworks has great support!

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4CDN77CDN77.com is a customer focused Content Delivery Network provider that is flexible and has transparent no-commitment pricing. With 30+ points of presence around the world, CDN77.com provides quick, consistent and authorized delivery of your content to all devices with the latest technologies like HTTP/2. ...read more.

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.

With CDN77 you get very good quality for the lower price than is usual on this market. I also appreciate their individual approach of communication with the customer. Very nice!

My opinion is that they have really great support and pricing.

Great service and truly the best customer support with I've ever had chance to be in touch.

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5AkamaiAkamai Technologies, Inc. is a content delivery network and cloud services provider headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States.

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.

Hands down the best CDN available if you have the budget

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6CloudFlareCloudFlare, Inc. is a U.S. company that provides a content delivery network, Internet Security services and distributed domain name server services, sitting between the visitor and the CloudFlare user's hosting provider, acting as a reverse proxy for websites.

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.

Use this service with all my websites can fault them the sites all increased in performance

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7EdgeCastEdgeCast Networks is a Los Angeles, CA, based content delivery network. The company was founded in 2006 and was funded by the venture arm of The Walt Disney Company, Steamboat Ventures.

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.

Best customer support; best performance; best reporting functionality; and now with the Verizon acquisition, the best network footprint.

They are fast, good features, good customer service - what more do you want?

Highest quality service and support. great performance!

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8CDNsun

I just tried to use their service and not only is there no phone number after 20 min there was still no email with my information.

Please feel free to use any of our phone numbers: http://cdnsun.com/about or please contact our 24/7 live chat or email support. Adriana @CDNsun

Best CDN provider I have ever had!

Jacob

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.

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9Amazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront is a content delivery network offered by Amazon Web Services. Content delivery networks provide a globally-distributed network of proxy servers which cache content, such as web videos or other bulky media, more locally to consumers, thus improving access speed for downloading this ...read more.

Pay as you go service leveraging the expertise of the world's largest online retailer.

Amazon don't even use Amazon Cloudfront for their CDN! That shows you how much they value their own CDN

Just great and the most cheap of the list

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10Limelight NetworksLimelight Networks owns and manages a global, private Content Delivery Network. Their CDN, technology and services enable publishers to deliver their digital content (e.g.

Highest performing CDN in all regions of the globe

They are far from #2 and would be lucky to be in top 10 today. Unless something changes they will be bought out or will never make it. If they get rid of Kurt Silverman, there may be hope.

Professional and no fine print
Nonsense service.

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The Contenders

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12CDNlion.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.

Great performance, largest coverage in Europe and United States, pay as you go pricing, great dashboard and very kind tech support. Overall impression - excellent!

Great performance in Asia unlike other CDN providers.

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13KeyCDN

I was looking for a good alternative and cheaper price than my current CDN provider. KeyCDN cut my content delivery costs in half, and deliver fast speeds.

I'm very happy with this CDN. Best price. Top performance. Great support.

I really like that CDN. Lot's of features and great prices.

Forwarding the raw logs to my server is very useful.

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14CacheFly

CacheFly works like you'd expect. The people at CacheFly are great to work with.

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15Level 3

The actually one a tier one network!

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17WebMobi Networks

Thanks webmobi for your best service.

I am Webmobi's reseller & I proud to be a part of you.

Your support made me a superstar in the market.

Thanks for great support and service.

Really superb service I got from Webmobi Networks.

A best CDN provider from India, always providing fantastic support at anytime.

Service is value for money

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18CDNvideo

Very good and fast CDN and cloud services with low rates and excellent technical support.

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19CDNify

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.

Very good pricing for and for the speed its same with other bigname, sometimes it faster

Amazing CDN for anyone looking to integrate custom SSL as there are no integration charges. Pretty awesome! :D

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