MaxCDN Review

Review of: MaxCDN
Price:
$39.95

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On February 13, 2013
Last modified:September 25, 2013

Summary:

MaxCDN is arguably the largest and most popular CDN for bloggers. It also happens to be one of the most affordable. If you're looking to speed up your website, MaxCDN is a great choice because it is relatively cheap and easy to implement.

CDNs are a powerful tool for bloggers because they speed up your website and reduce the strain on your server by storing static files (Images, CSS, and JS) across servers worldwide.

MaxCDN happens to be one of the largest and most popular CDNs out there.

And although MaxCDN is very affordable, I understand that parting with $39.95 can be a difficult decision at times. So, please allow me to share my experience of MaxCDN with you.

Why We Chose MaxCDN

MaxCDN Review

At the first of this year, I noticed that one of the websites I work with seemed to be lagging when I loaded it. This particular website is for a small business, so we weren’t too concerned about the SEO aspects of having a slow website. But, we were concerned that potential customers were getting to the page, getting frustrated at how slow it was, then leaving (which could be costing the company quite a bit of money).

Because of the slow load times, I immediately began looking into a CDN solution, and decided that MaxCDN the best option since:

  • MaxCDN integrates well with WordPress and W3TC.
  • MaxCDN is affordable with plans as low as $39.95 per year.

With these goals in mind, I tested the speed of the local business’s website before starting the integration (results below) then I got to work.

Using the W3TC plugin, I installation was fairly quick and painless. The only issue I ran into was since I was using the new MaxCDN interface, I couldn’t find the information needed to integrate. As soon as I switched over to the old interface, the instructions I was following were a piece of cake!

There’s really only a few steps, so installation was done in about 10 minutes.

The Results of Using MaxCDN

I was very impressed with the results of integrating the website with MaxCDN, especially since it only cost this small company $40 a year. Below are the before and after screenshots.

You can see that the page was loading at 5.3 seconds before MaxCDN and at less than 4 seconds after MaxCDN. That’s over one whole second that we were able to shave off in just a few minutes with installing MaxCDN. You may be wondering now how much is a second worth?

Here is an infographic from KISSmetrics that does a good job of explaining how just one second can affect the performance of your website, especially how much money your site could make!

Before Results

MaxCDN Before

After Results

MaxCDN After

 

Bottom Line

When you are looking to speed up your website for your readers’ experience and for SEO benefits, MaxCDN is low hanging fruit. MaxCDN is very affordable at $39.95 per year  and takes less than 15 minutes to install.

I highly recommend that you take advantage of this service.

What Do You Think?

CDNs have grown very popular over the past few years, because they are great for increasing your website speed which will give your readers a greater experience and better your SEO.

Do you currently use a CDN? Have you thought about using a CDN? Leave your thoughts below in a comment.

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Written by Eric Binnion

Eric Binnion is a computer science student at Midwestern State University. When Eric is not online, he is usually volunteering in his community or enjoying time with his family. You can find Eric on Twitter.

Comments

  • Great article! I’m actually having issues with one of my sites now, and switched hosts to try to get improvement. There was definitely some improvement, but not as much as I need. Very timely info. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the review, Eric. Curious to know whether you’ve looked at CloudFlare? I recently signed up to this provider’s service to similar effect as what you describe here. It integrates directly into W3 Total Cache, and it’s free (a very nice feature ;) ).

    • Eric Binnion says:

      Hey Wesley,

      I have definitely tried Cloudflare. There was even a time when I tried convincing Nick to use Cloudflare for our blogging properties. But, after using Cloudflare on a few websites, I noticed that my sites went down, with a Cloudflare error page, more than ever before.

      I have even seen reports of this on Twitter.

      So, while I think Cloudflare has the potential to be amazing, we do not, and likely will not, use it on any of our production web sites.

  • Anand says:

    There Asia POP servers are very costlier. $10/month or $120/year. Also the renewable TB (1 TB/year) is $70.

    So, if someone generates good money or have really high traffic, they should try netDNA or Amazon s3.

    • Farzana Neha says:

      You are right about their Asian pricing. CDN77 is much better for Asian traffic although I haven’t tried MaxCDN yet. I have tried Cloudflare and Incapsula’s free version. It seems to me Incapsula is much better in terms of securities. However, Page Speed Service by google is awesome. Optmization and page load time is really nice on google page speed service.

  • I also use maxcdn and w3 total cache on my wordpress blog and it does an amazing result!

  • Can we use max cdn and cloudflare at the same time?

  • Hafiz says:

    i’m using Maxcdn now, look nice

  • Ian says:

    This is amazing. I have a few questions but maybe I
    ‘ll first test MaxCDN and maybe the answers are there.
    Good Job!

  • Filiz says:

    Hello Eric,

    Thanks for the review. I’ve used MaxCDN 2 month ago and it is really awesome. But very expensive :(

    I’ve joined just $29 but after I’ve purchase 2TB extra ($70+$70 just 2 month)

    I am using now another services but I recommended MaxCDN everyone.

  • Christopher Ohlsen says:

    I just signed up for MaxCDN. I just disabled it because I am too tired to continue working on it tonight. I am going to try again tomorrow. The issue that I had was that once I got it set up I visited my site to see if there was an improvement in speed. It seems to have broken my layout. Not sure if I set it up wrong or if there is a compatibility issue. Again, going to try tomorrow but has anyone else experienced a broken layout after activating maxcdn?

    I should note that I am running a multisite network and on this particular site I am using Headway and I’m working on very little sleep so it may be something obvious that I’m missing…

    Thanks!

  • Carl says:

    Hi,

    Yeah I would definitely agree about the instability of cloudflare. I have given up using it and I am seeing more and more CloudFlare error pages on the web design / development sites that are heavy on graphics.

    Going to give MaxCDN a go one I figure out how to integrate with W3 Total Cache.

  • Akhtar says:

    Wicked! I am so going to try this :) Thank you!