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Getting Started with the Content Delivery Network (CDN)

The Serversaurus Cloud platform exposes its users a global network of highly-performing but affordable CDN caching peers.

The Serversaurus Cloud content delivery network is a ‘pull’ CDN – caching peers request a file from your website (a.k.a the origin, which is hosted anywhere, such as Virtual Machine or another web host), and stores it locally for a period of time.

Should the file be requested again by a user from that peer – it will be served from the cache at a higher speed and lower traffic cost than would otherwise be the case.

How do I use the CDN?

Where appropriate, substitute example.org for the actual URL of your website.

1. Login to the Serversaurus Cloud Dashboard and proceed to the CDN Resources page:

Once there, press the CDN Resource Wizard button.

2. On the proceeding screen, you will want to select ‘HTTP’ as the CDN Type, and press Next:

3. You will now need to fill in the ‘CDN Hostname’ and ‘Origins’.

‘CDN Hostname’ – just enter a hostname that you would like your CDN to be accessible at. It doesn’t need to be real – an alternate will be provided.

‘Origins’ – just type in the domain name that you usually access your website at.

‘Content Origin’ – just select ‘PULL’ in this case.

Note on SSL: You may use HTTPS/SSL using a shared (yourdomain.r.worldssl.net) hostname, but custom hostnames (such as cdn.yoursite.org) are available only for non-SSL CDN resources.

Once this is done, press ‘Next’.

4. In this final step, you will need to select which locations you would like your CDN to be enabled in.

There is nothing wrong with selecting all locations – a user will always be directed to the closest of your selected choices:

Once you’ve made your selections, press ‘Create CDN Resource’.

5. It can take a few minutes for the CDN to become active. While you wait, please note the Raw CDN hostname on the proceeding page:

It will always be the format of ‘xxxxx.r.dynomeshcdn.net‘, unless you are using SSL, in which case it will end in ‘worldssl.net

Configuring your application to use the CDN

This is specific to whichever application you are using.

For WordPress users, follow our guide about using Serversaurus’ Cloud CDN with your WordPress Website .

Having trouble?

Setting up a CDN can be sometimes tricky, depending on the application running at the origin. We can help you get setup, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or open a ticket.

Updated on September 19, 2017

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