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    Question Best CDN for serving images, js, and css

    I am looking for the best CDN to fit my needs, but don't really know where to start (hadn't even thought about doing this until a few days ago).

    Site:

    - 3M to 5M page views per month, with an average of 10 images per page (so with caching probably a couple hundred thousand requests per month)
    - 50% US traffic, 30% Europe, 20% randomly dispersed around the world
    - Total storage space needed: ~250MB
    - Monthly bandwidth: ~150GB

    Looking for:

    - Affordability
    - Speed
    - Reliability
    - Ability to use CNAME


    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    All that can be hosted on the VPS server. Are you ready to have VPS server for this kind of the services?

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    That seems to be quite a high traffic site in a way. I would advice going for Cloud Hosting. Provides a rapid CDN technology and may be efficient in cost (paying what you used). Perhaps take a look at GoGrid or Amazon. See: http://net.tutsplus.com/articles/gen...nd-cloudfront/
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjchmaster View Post
    I would take a look at www.aiso.net, they have monthly plans and they have two different HTTP platforms for serving up files. They should meet your needs plus they support cache headers and GZIP as well. An HTTP Small platform that serves up files from RAM used for files under 1MB. An HTTP Large platform that serves up files from disk used for files over 1MB.
    Thanks, I'll check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiberForum View Post
    All that can be hosted on the VPS server. Are you ready to have VPS server for this kind of the services?
    Why would I get a VPS? I am just looking to serve my static content faster. My problem isn't that my server can't handle it, it is quite the opposite. I have plenty of leftover resources, but from what I understand, using a CDN to serve images, etc will make them load much faster for users outside the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schooglepets View Post
    Why would I get a VPS? I am just looking to serve my static content faster. My problem isn't that my server can't handle it, it is quite the opposite. I have plenty of leftover resources, but from what I understand, using a CDN to serve images, etc will make them load much faster for users outside the US.
    correct. we recommend edgecast to our clients they seem to have great speeds all over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjchmaster View Post
    I would take a look at www.aiso.net, they have monthly plans and they have two different HTTP platforms for serving up files. They should meet your needs plus they support cache headers and GZIP as well. An HTTP Small platform that serves up files from RAM used for files under 1MB. An HTTP Large platform that serves up files from disk used for files over 1MB.
    Aiso seems to be what I am looking for, though at my volume their prices are around double other offerings like Amazon CloudFront. Although CloudFront won't work because I need gzip if I'm going to be serving my js/css files as well.

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    I've used the SoftLayer cloud before with positive results so you may want to give it a look.
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    Hello,

    You may want to take a look at SimpleCDN(http://www.simplecdn.com/pricing)

    I have used them in the past. They offer a great service at pretty cool prices. Also they offer a free $15 trial credit to test out their service.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by serverfactor View Post
    Hello,

    You may want to take a look at SimpleCDN(http://www.simplecdn.com/pricing)

    I have used them in the past. They offer a great service at pretty cool prices. Also they offer a free $15 trial credit to test out their service.

    Regards
    Why are they so much cheaper? Would I be making a big sacrifice in speed & reliability? With them it would only cost me about $6/mo compared to $30+ with the others.

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    SimpleCDN was genuinely a very solid service when I used it about a year ago, however I moved away when they dramatically changed their pricing structure to one quite unsustainable for me. Looks like they've actually reverted to their old way of pricing, though.

    At the moment I've been using Amazon CloudFront for most of the year and have been very happy with it. It handles all the images on my site, and integrates really well thanks to a WordPress plugin which automatically uploads straight to the CDN rather than needing to be mirrored.

    From what I recall I did find Amazon to be more snappy than SimpleCDN when it comes to latency in the UK, but that may have changed. Amazon certainly has a (necessarily) very robust network, whatever the case.

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    I have actually found CloudFront to be slower in the APAC region compared to the bigger CDNs like Akamai, LimeLight and EdgeCast. Most CDNs do Origin pull so you dont need to "mirror" or sync anything, its pulled right off your web site and loaded to the CDN automatically when a file is called upon. And there are some hosting providers that will rewrite the URLs to the CDN so there is no need for plugins or anything like that.

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    I found a wordpress plugin that does the URL rewriting for your blog automatically and supports all the major CDNs..

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cdn-rewrites/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjchmaster View Post
    I found a wordpress plugin that does the URL rewriting for your blog automatically and supports all the major CDNs..

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cdn-rewrites/
    That wouldn't be terribly hard to do manually in a .htaccess but for simplicity sake (especially considering it's for WordPress) it's an excellent find.

    I'm bookmarking it, thank you for sharing
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    Hey Michael, how would you do such a thing for CDN'ing your URLs in an .htaccess file? Never thought about that, would it be like this:

    # CDN ReWrites
    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.png)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.gif)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.jpg)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.jpeg)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.js)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.ico)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.swf)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.css)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1
    RewriteRule ^(.*\.ttf)$ http://cdn.domain.com/$1

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    Using rewrites is a terrible way of configuring a website to use a CDN. Why? Because it results in a hit to your normal webserver (per file) before being redirected to the CDN edge servers. This extra hit would result in much worse performance. If you're going to be forking out the cash for an expensive CDN, then correctly configure your website to use that CDN for maximum performance.

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    Alot more companies these days are offering CDN services. With the features you mentioned, I'm sure you wont have trouble finding one that fits your needs.
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    jasonaward, I would agree with the rewrites, its better to have the web site spit out the links in the correct format then have the web server do all the redirecting of requests. Good ways are the wordpress plugin I found, you changing the HTML code or changing the URLs within the web app.

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