Hi all,

I really need a boost in site performance and speed. I have already optimized everything possible from my end, which has included, dumping plug-ins, cache, minifying javascripts, CSS, etc etc. I am told that utilizing a CDN can dramatically improve performance. However, before investing any additional money, I was going to give CloudFlare's Free CDN a try in order to determine if the difference in speed in performance was worth a further investment.

Does anyone have any experience with Cloudflare or other CDN services to boost WA hosting? Was there any issues in switching over the DNS nameservers to the CDN? Any feedback is very appreciated. I would like to hear from others before officially pulling the trigger on this, but I really need to improve load times and have tried virtually everything else possible, outside of CDN. Thanks!

Howie

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VonnieOh Premium
Hi,

Did you use a CDN eventually?
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johnclyde Premium
WA support said that they do not allow naming of nameservers. Meaning we won't be able to use CDNs.
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lotuschick Premium
Hey HoJo007 I'm contemplating the same. What did you decide?
Lotus
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HoJo007 Premium
I still haven't pulled the trigger on cloudflare CDN, as it seems site performance has improved and I was told it wasn't necessary. I am going to monitor it closely and still may give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes if I do. Thanks and all the best!
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MarionBlack Premium
Just a suggestion, you could buy a new domain name and put that on Cloudflare or whatever and try it out without going through all the export/import and changing over from WA to something you have never tried before. It would save changing back if it didn't meet your expectations. ~Marion
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HoJo007 Premium
Nothing would have to be changed with my hosting at WA. I would still be hosting here. A CDN network just distributes your content as almost a "middle man" to deliver your site quicker, based on location. It also offers additional security and protection. Some say that it significantly improved page load times and overall site speed. I was going to try out the free plan from cloud flare, but before pulling that trigger, I just wanted to see if anyone here had any experience with this or any CDN through WA hosting.

Hope that makes sense. Thanks for the feedback and all the best!
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MarionBlack Premium
I should have done some research before jumping in, but you did mention switching over the Name Servers. Good luck.
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HoJo007 Premium
No worries and yes, you still have to point the DNS servers through Cloudflare. It's all a bit complicated to explain. Hopefully, someone can give me an idea, if they have had experience using it. Thanks, Marion!
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MarionBlack Premium
Then my initial recommendation still stands. Try it out on another domain name.
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tomtitty006 Premium
It,s just a suggestion Howie but have you got crap cleaner,I know it,s not the nicest name but it gives you the picture.It is free and I run it every time I close the computer down,it will erase all your rubbish,clean your registry and also it has a defragmenter with it to give your hard drive more space.
I have just typed this message and I think is irrelevant to what you are asking,anyway I will just send it anyway,it is a helpful program.
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HoJo007 Premium
Oh no, this is not a PC problem. I've run speed and performance tests out the wazoo and my computer is a two month old iMac. I just want to get an idea from other people who may have connected a CDN through WA hosting and see if they saw a noticeable difference. Thanks, though! All the best
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Balloons29 Premium
I tried it and I got into trouble. My site just went down. WA support strongly urged my to change nameservers back to Wealthy Affiliate's. There a couple of CDN . plugins in Wordpress plugins. I had put one in but not seen any difference yet.
It's funny, it was a WA member who put me on to it in the first place.
Yours,
Tracy
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Familyman82 Premium
Any word on those CDN plugins and whether or not they work.
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