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How do you know when a CDN setup is right for your XenForo installation?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by John L., Mar 24, 2013.

  1. John L.

    John L. Well-Known Member

    Might seem like a silly question, but I'm curious to know what other people have seen with their forums in terms of speed and reliability. How did you determine it was time to use a CDN setup? Are you still debating it like myself? I only have 450+ members on my forums. My site still runs relatively fast, but I always wonder if it could be a bit faster. Did you do some testing? Perhaps some comparisons? Any links to tools that could help?

    I would love the feedback and experiences you guys have about this.
     
  2. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    I use a CDN on all of my forums. MaxCDN to be exact. I just see it as a simple and cheap way to increase the load times of your forum, large or small. A few of my forums have a bit of international traffic as well, so helping those load times is great.
     
  3. petertdavis

    petertdavis Well-Known Member

    Why would you want to increase the load time of your forums?
     
  4. John L.

    John L. Well-Known Member

    Let's not be mean now, I understood what he meant. Thanks for the reply Bama.
     
  5. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    Time to get off the computer for the day I guess, lol. Decrease was the word I was looking for.
     
  6. John L.

    John L. Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, loaded it on my forums and it's soo much faster for my international users. I've also noticed a small bump as well. It's great. For those wondering I'm using MaxCDN and used Adam's tutorial to configure it all.
     
  7. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    It makes me laugh about the better SEO that MaxCDN advertise as a positive of using their services. Ummm... their services have nothing to do with a fast loading page for Google, or other search provider, as search providers scrape your site based on your servers location, thus they do so from a server close to it, not across the globe. To a search engine, your page only loads as fast or slow as your hosting allows + your actual page size itself determines.

    Honestly... unless you're delivering large files to users globally, then a CDN is hyped nonsense to run your average website from. There is no requirement to use it for an every day forum or such. Once images, css and such are loaded once, regardless of location, they're cached on the persons computer for each load thereafter.

    Forum users will also get two different speeds. One for guests, one for members. Members load more queries than guests depending on what is shown to both respectively. Test your site speed as a guest, not logged in.
     
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  8. zooki

    zooki Active Member

    It does not matter so much the number of members, but the amount of traffic and bandwidth in GB.

    Perhaps the question should be at what sort of traffic level is a CDN advisable?
     
  9. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    There are more advantages to a CDN than edge locations, this being one of the biggest.

    http://gtmetrix.com/parallelize-downloads-across-hostnames.html
     

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