Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is one of the big-name CDN providers for websites, and it got its reputation by providing high speed and advanced functionality. This latter factor means it may have more to offer for programmers and developers rather than beginners with simpler needs.

Pros

  • AWS integration
  • Delivers personalized and dynamic content instantaneously
  • Hundreds of worldwide locations

Cons

  • Requires some technical ability to use

CacheFly

CacheFly is a veteran provider in the world of CDN that lets users easily stream podcasts and videos. One of the attractions is that its interface is easy to use, and another is that security is well taken care of, thanks to anti-malware and DDoS attack mitigation measures. The only cloud to this silver lining is that CacheFly costs a lot in comparison with some of the other CDN providers out there.

Pros

  • Dashboard is a management one-stop-shop
  • Security features
  • Top-notch support

Cons

  • Pricier than competitors

Cloudflare

Cloudflare uses its 180 data centers to offer the extra speed and security that CDN services bring to all kinds of clients. Bandwidth is unlimited, even for those using the free plan, and this has no doubt helped to boost its popularity.

The service is easy to set up for a WordPress site, and once it’s up and running it caches the user’s website resources automatically. However, these can be purged or cleared as desired using the control panel. The only real downside is that although Cloudflare offers a free service, this doesn’t come with all of the security features, so it’ll take an upgrade to the premium plan to enable those.

Pros

  • Simple to set up
  • Easy performance monitoring via the control panel
  • More than 180 data centers dotted around the world
  • REST API allows developers to fully control the service

Cons

  • Free plan is short on features
  • Support services not available on free plan
  • Better defense against attacks only comes with paid plans

Google Cloud CDN

Google Cloud CDN is a cheap CDN service that’s underpinned by Google’s network of 90 data centers distributed across the globe. This service offers an SSL certificate for website security at no extra cost and it integrates with the Google Cloud Platform seamlessly.

Pros

  • 90 data centers
  • Cost-effective pricing
  • SSL certificate provided free

Cons

  • Difficult to configure compared to some competitors
  • Decent technical support comes at a price

KeyCDN

KeyCDN has a lot of loyal users. It’s a “pay as you go” CDN provider that integrates with WordPress sites via the CDN Enabler plugin. Its payment model is attractive for those whose websites don’t experience a lot of traffic, but with escalating users come escalating costs, so it may not be appropriate if they suddenly experience high traffic volumes.

KeyCDN offers features like Gzip compression, real-time reports, instant purge options, two-factor authentication, and DDoS protection, among others.

Pros

  • 35 data centers
  • Easy integration with WordPress
  • “Pay as you go” payment scheme
  • Free round-the-clock support

Cons

  • No free option
  • Fewer security features in comparison to rivals

Rackspace

Rackspace offers dedicated and managed cloud computing services, along with a CDN service for better website performance. It’s become very popular, thanks to its great reputation and “pay as you go” pricing model, which comes in at just $0.16 per gigabyte.

Rackspace has a presence in over 200 data centers around the world, and it uses that resilient cloud infrastructure to speed up and protect any WordPress site entrusted to. The only apparent shortcoming is that setting up its CDN feature is not as easy as it is with certain other providers.

Pros

  • Strong cloud infrastructure
  • Present in 200 global data centers
  • Flexible “pay as you go” model

Cons

  • No DDoS protection
  • Pricier than KeyCDN
  • Complicated setup compared to competitors

StackPath

After buying MaxCDN, StackPath has become one of the best content distribution networks. The acquisition has allowed the company to bolster its service considerably. Its data centers are distributed globally, and this means it can enable websites to load much faster thanks to more opportunities for local access. StackPath also offers a free private EdgeSSL certificate as part of their package for enhanced security.

Stackpath can be bought as a stand-alone CDN service or in combination with other features. It’s simple to get up and running and offers real-time analytics for up-to-the-minute monitoring. Intelligent caching, 301 redirects, Gzip compression, and other features abound.

Pros

  • Use with unrestricted no. of websites
  • 1 terabyte a month of bandwidth on the basic plan
  • Free private EdgeSSL certificate
  • Numerous server locations around the world
  • Extra security services

Cons

  • No free plan, but there is a one-month free trial so you can try out the service.

Sucuri

Sucuri is a content distribution network service (CDN) provider that helps websites to load faster while increasing their resilience to intrusions from malware, DDoS attacks, and hacker activity. Users can easily monitor the performance and safety of their websites using the Sucuri WordPress plugin and the company offers multiple caching options to suit numerous different types of websites.

Pros

  • All plans have unlimited bandwidth limit
  • High uptime reliability
  • CDN service comes with security features
  • Round-the-clock user support
  • DNS Monitoring so users know when a site’s name servers, IP address, or MX records change.

Cons

  • StackPath is cheaper
  • There is no free option to try the service