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Consider Deploying a CDN to optimize your Joomla

There are a number of reasons that page loading times on your site matter. Slow pages will not only cost you conversions and frustrate visitors, but slow-loading pages can affect your SEO because search engines care about page loading times. If you are running Joomla, you may want to consider a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to improve your page loading times.

What is it?

A CDN is a number of optimized servers across the globe. They will help you distribute content. This can include applications, JavaScript files, downloadable objects, and more. The basic idea behind using a CDN is that if someone goes onto your site, the data is transmitted from the server closest to him or her. This will help increase page load times significantly, regardless of where that person is on the globe.

Why would you want to use one?

The first reason you would want to use a CDN for your Joomla-based website is the fact that your pages load faster. If your users find that the site is performing badly, chances are they will hit the back button and browse somewhere else, possibly a competitors’ site. You may even be harming your brand reputation.

As previously mentioned, this will hurt conversions as well. Not only will visitors refuse to hang around a slow website (thus costing you immediate conversions) but search engines take page-loading times as an important factor as well. Your ranking can suffer if your site is slow.

A final benefit is the fact that you could handle an increased amount of traffic to your website. This is important if you are planning to grow in the near future or expect a drastic increase in traffic soon. There are few things worse than having visitors ‘time-out’ when they are trying to browse your site.

The most important CDN Plugins

If you want to use a CDN, the best thing to do is download and install the relevant plugins. These are the three main CDN plugins for Joomla. They all perform the same basic function, but work in slightly different ways.

NoNumber – You can easily integrate this CDN with a number of CDN providers, including CacheFly, CDNetworks, CloudCache, and Amazon CloudFront. There is a professional and a free edition available.

JomCDN – This plug-in is a paid plugin that compiles your assets automatically and synchronizes them with Amazon’s servers. It comes with automated image optimization, but there is no real noticeable different in image quality.

JA Amazon S3 – When using this plugin, you can upload your folder to the Amazon Simple Storage Service otherwise known as Amazon S3. From there, the files are requested from the Amazon server instead of the site folders. This results in reduced server load and faster loading times for the visitor.

Pick the right one for you

Because all of these options work a bit differently, it is worth your time to research them a bit further and decide which one you like best from there. Depending on your current configuration, you might decide that one is a more suitable option than the next. Once you have it up and running, your site and your viewers will start to reap the benefits.

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