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CDN (not maxcdn)

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by Adam Howard, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    So I'm looking for a new CDN provider. MaxCDN has had a few small issue, namely I've told them to only cache my stuff for X amount of time, but they never seem to get that right. As a result people change avatars and the only way anyone will ever see that change is if I flush the cache manually.

    Their live support seems to have been discontinued. That is the button is there, but it ends with # in the link and nothing happens when you click on it.

    So time to start fishing....

    I'm thinking between


    But am always open to suggestions. :)
  2. tyteen4a03

    tyteen4a03 Well-Known Member

    I use cdn.net. Haven't had an issue so far, and I like how it support multiple zones and their prepaid billing configuration (I live in Hong Kong but MaxCDN charges extra for Asia CDN so that put me off a bit)
  3. p4guru

    p4guru Well-Known Member

    never had problems with maxcdn or cdn77 for cache TTL...

    Only time i can see this happening is if you have a front end proxy of some kind which either rewrites the cache TTL or strips it i.e. cloudflare, incapsula or varnish cache in front of your web server. In that case the problem is with the proxy and not the cdn service :)
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  4. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    incapsula, but never had this issue until the last week or so. Been using them (or cloudflare) for a few years now (and a full year with MaxCDN without issues).

    Must figure away to make CDN work with incapsula or be forced to drop CDN.

    Either way, the price for MaxCDN is not as competitive as the alternatives, so still fishing for possible outcomes.
  5. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

    We use Edgecast. More expensive than maxcdn though.
  6. p4guru

    p4guru Well-Known Member

    looks like you don't even have proper browser level caching (mod expires) configured



    DateFri, 28 Jun 2013 11:26:57 GMT
    Last-ModifiedWed, 26 Jun 2013 02:10:18 GMT

    no cache control configured - so double check your maxcdn settings for cache control and also check server side web server config settings, either or both ends are missing cache control settings

    or is that by design right now ? so you don't cache avatars ?

    if avatars need faster cache purge, set a shorter cache TTL (expires) just for /data/avatars directory
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013
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  7. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    For now I've disabled mod expires (by design) to help with the cache issue. MaxCDN is doing all the caching.

    For example, the avatar you quoted, I changed.... It shouldn't be a red fox. It should be a yin yang, but its still cached as the fox. It will not change until I flush the cache in MaxCDN

  8. Alex - A2Hosting

    Alex - A2Hosting Active Member

    I use them for one of my websites and have never experienced the issues you are reporting. Also their live chat (floating widget button at the side of the page) seems to work without issues for me. Which browser are you using / which live chat link?

    Good luck with your search though!

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