Hello everybody, my name is Brandon Fiery and here is the first Tech Wednesday story for this week. As we just partnered up with the cool guys at CloudFlare, I have a very exciting story to tell.

Remember the good old StarWars movies in which our favorite characters traveled through space using some kind of cool wormholes, crossing the universe in just a few seconds? I am sure you do. Well, these technologies might be far in the future for us but your website can benefit of something similar much sooner than you expect. If you don’t know what exactly is a wormhole, here is a nice definition. It is a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. How this affects your website you might wonder, well hear me out.

The Problem

To have your website online 24/7 you need a hosting company which provides hosting services, or in other words, gives you the ability to upload your website on their servers. Every server is an actual physical computer located in a datacenter somewhere around the world. For example, some of our shared hosting infrastructure is located in Chicago and if you host with us most probably your website is physically stored there. This means that if you have visitors from, let’s say the European Union, the connection to your website will be performed via multiply intermediate Internet Service Providers to deliver the data package to them which inevitably result in some loading time delay.

This is valid for every location in the world, the further your visitors are from the actual server location the more time it takes to load your website. In the past, to speed up things we needed to optimize the server as much as possible to reduce the server-side loading time to minimize or compensate this latency impact. Well, server optimization is an important thing and we know it well but it does not solve the actual problem. We need something like Internet wormholes to have your website content delivered faster and remove the geographical distance impact and package travel time, right?

The Solution

Imagine your website is not hosted in a single datacenter but having it in 23 different locations around the world simultaneously. This way, you have a local delivery point for every visitor around the world despite their geolocation. Just like the wormholes, your website data travels through these Internet shortcuts to reach your visitors as fast as possible avoiding the intermediate carriers which delay the package. With TMDHosting and CloudFlare CDN you can have your website traffic routed through the nearest of the 23 different datacenters, strategically located around the world. Here is how this looks like:

“The ghost in the machine” or what is behind the curtains

As your website traffic passes through the CDN data centers, CloudFlare intelligently determines what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on the servers around the world for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they are checked to see if there is any update. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly. And remember, only the static content is cached so your visitors will not see outdated information or miss your latest post as it is dynamically generated content.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your website, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, people who use CloudFlare see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

Travel Fast, Travel Safe

While traveling fast, you must stay safe, this is valid for your website as well. CloudFlare’s CDN provide not only a huge performance boost for your website but a wide range of security features against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about this approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

Join the club

If you are not yet a TMDHosting customer, contact our Sales Team and get the right plan for your website. Every hosting package include Free CloudFlare addon which can be easily activated via your account cPanel.

If you experience any difficulties or need additional information about CloudFlare CDN or how to activate it for your website, please contact us via your client area ticketing system. We are 24/7 here for you.

To Sum Up

In just a few words, TMDHosting partnered up with one of the best Content Delivery Network providers nowadays. This provides all of our customers with the ability to activate the CDN features improving both the performance and security of your website at no additional cost. CloudFlare CDN is a must-have feature for your website now available free of charge with all TMDHosting hosting packages.

Stay tuned for our latest Tech Wednesday posts for more cool goodies your website will love.