Starting this week, a new feature has been rolled out in Beta: Content Delivery Network (CDN). We are currently testing the CDN on our own website. From July 1, 2023, this feature will be available upon request for Plate customers.
What is a CDN?
A CDN, or Content Delivery Network, is a global network of servers distributed across various locations. The purpose of a CDN is to improve the loading time of websites. Particularly, websites with international traffic can greatly benefit from it. It works by storing websites statically, allowing them to load faster than if they were retrieved and rendered from the database every time. Traditionally, websites are hosted on a single server, which means that the distance between the user and the server can impact the loading time and performance of the website.
Benefits of a CDN
The Plate CDN enables websites to deliver static content quickly and efficiently to visitors. This results in faster load times and a better user experience, especially for visitors located far from the original server location. Plate is a hosted CMS on Amazon servers, which are located in Ireland. Visitors geographically distant from Ireland (such as Australia) may experience longer wait times. With the implementation of a CDN, this is now a thing of the past.
We have developed Plate CDN based on CloudFront, a Content Delivery Network (CDN) provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). CloudFront operates through a global network of (AWS) data centers, bringing content closer to end users for faster load times.
Time to First Byte (TTFB) is the term used to describe the component that greatly improves with the implementation of a CDN. Without a CDN, the website's server is located in one place, which can result in longer response times to requests from countries geographically farther away. TTFB is an important performance indicator as it can indicate the server's responsiveness and efficiency in processing the request and starting to transmit the requested data.
A longer TTFB may indicate delays or issues with server performance, while a shorter TTFB typically signifies a faster and more efficient server response. Below you can see the TTFB for the website hosted on Plate. Regardless of whether you are visiting the website from Europe or America, the TTFB is below 100 ms (milliseconds).
Without a CDN, the TTFB could easily be four or five times higher in regions such as Australia or (South) America. Check the TTFB of your own website using this link.