Have you heard of CDNs (Content Delivery Networks)? Basically, they are data centers distributed across the globe, they deliver online content to end-users in the most efficient way possible based on proximity.
A good analogy would be MacDonalds. It has branches all over the world just to serve you closer. Most people can access a MacDonald within 10 minutes walking distance!
Our website (www.silentfrontier.com) has over 100 HTTP requests on the front page alone, and all this is taking 20 seconds to load, which was too long by modern internet standards.
We had to find a way to cut down the load times. We did it using CloudFlare’s free CDN service.
1. Sign up for CloudFlare
2. Go through their Signup Process. They should automatically scan your DNS records after you input your website address.
3. You are being asked to select a plan, select the Free plan for now.
4. You must contact your registrar to change the nameservers to point to theirs. Refer to the image below. Give this information to your registrar. *
5. That’s it! You will need to wait about 24-48 hours for the DNS propagation. You can check the progress on the dashboard.
After implementing CloudFlare we tested our new loading speeds and as it turns out, 50-70% faster than it used to be! **
* Your registrar is the website where you signed up for your domain name/url/website address. Some common registrars are GoDaddy, SGNIC, Namecheap.com.
** Disclaimer: Mileage may vary. If your website contains like 100 megabytes of data, it will still take forever to load even after implementing CloudFlare’s service.