Why you need Asporea CDN for WordPress

Asporea CDN Speed

As WordPress Developers and Hosting experts we often get questions from customers about how they can improve the speed of their WordPress site. We often clients to improve performance with optimisation tweaks, however our most common suggestion to improve WordPress is to install a Content Distribution Network (CDN) for the most visible performance and speed improvements.

 

What is a CDN?

A CDN is like a turbo-charger for your website. It operates separately to your hosting to make your website appear faster for visitors – no matter where they are in the world. A CDN is a distribution network. If you are familiar with warehouse distribution it’s a similar concept. Goods are moved from the factory to distribution centres and from there they are shipped to stores. In the same way that warehouses make it simpler and faster to get goods to consumers, a CDN is a data-warehouse that serves website visitors faster, because the content has been move d closer to the end users of your website. So a CDN is a network of servers that are distributed around the world that deliver content (images, video and other files) to website visitors from the closest server to them, rather than from your web server directly.

How does a CDN work?

With standard web hosting a request for a web page comes to your web server. Your web server is housed in a data centre in a single location. When your web server gets a request, all the website information is served from that server. If your server is located in California in the United States, then it will be closer to website visitors in the US, and the site will appear to be fast. Website visitors that are further away from your server – for example if they are in Asia, Australia or Europe – will likely have a slower experience. When you implement a CDN, your website visitors will be automatically redirected to content that is served directly from the closest server in the distribution network, removing any delay because of their distance from the server.

What do customers think of Asporea CDN?

Here are some of the comments we received from customers, who added the Asporea CDN to their WordPress website:

  • Speed – “once the software was installed and I added a few lines of configuration code, the site immediately started displaying faster.”
  • Resilience – “our site is performing better… our site sees more visitors at certain times of day, and during those peak times we are able to handle more traffic, and the site remains fast – it doesn’t slow at all.”
  • Happy users – “we noticed our bounce rate drop. More users are staying on our site for longer, and we think it’s because the site is generally faster and users don’t have to wait for content.”
  • Search ranking – “We worked hard on our search engine optimisation, but after implementing a CDN we got a boost. Google loves us now, after a few weeks we saw our rankings increase, not just on Google but other indexes as well.”

 

Asporea CDN is fast and easy to setup

Asporea CDN is what we use on this site, so you can see the amazing performance it delivers. The Asporea CDN network contains distribution servers in 150 locations around the globe. So no matter where your visitors are, they can be assured your website will be delivered fast. As an added extra our CDN also protects your web server against attacks that would seek to slow your server down. When our network detects an attack, it shuts down requests from those locations so that your server is protected.

Installation of Asporea CDN is one of the easiest to do. You can use your existing caching software (like WP Rocket or WP Super Cache) and add the CDN address we give you. Or you can install our simple WordPress plugin. There are two pieces of information to copy and your Asporea CDN setup is complete. We believe it’s one of the simplest CDN configurations on the planet, because we all enjoy simplicity.

Try Asporea CDN for yourself, free!

We want to make it easy for you to experience how good Asporea CDN really is!  Right now you can enjoy a full sixty-day free trial of Asporea CDN by using the coupon code FREETRIAL2018 at checkout. From there Asporea CDN is only US$10/month. You are never locked into a plan and you can discontinue at any time before the end of the trial period and not be charged. Follow this link to get started.

What I Learned From Being Hacked

Several years ago I was running a portal website on WordPress. I’d spent a number of years building a respected podcast network featuring about 40 podcasts, all built on WordPress. When I look back I was really pleased with what I was able to build out of WordPress and it’s plugins, but I had a big blind spot.

Wordfence one of the leaders in WordPress security software mentioned in a recent post the method that hackers use to identify a new WordPress installation and prepare it for hacking in the future. Another security provider says that more than 30,000 websites get hacked every day.

Mine was one of those sites that got hacked and they not only defaced my site, they were able to access every other site on the network. It was a devastating blow to my business and my reputation. My closest supporters were understanding but the reputation damage had already been done. People would send me emails asking “was the site really safe?” It was a question – at that point – that I could only guess an answer to. It was such a frustrating and stressful time.

This experience taught me a valuable lesson in security. Hacking often isn’t about you, it’s about the ego of the hacker. The thrill comes from being able to exploit vulnerabilities – it’s about being able to demonstrate how smart the hacker is to their friends, at your expense. Where do these security problems come from? They often come from sites that haven’t been ‘locked down’ or from code that hasn’t been updated.

Even software code written by the best programmers can have flaws which create security holes for hackers to exploit.  When you have a website built on a CMS like WordPress, you’ll see regular updates to core software and plugins. These updates don’t just deliver improved functionality, they plug vulnerabilities as well. That’s why keeping your site updated is so important.

Just like a bully, hackers go for an weak and easy target. They search for security holes that can be easily exploited. They often share information with each other about security vulnerabilities, and then write automated scripts to go out in search of people who haven’t patched the holes.

By taking simple precautions you can make your site a less attractive target for hackers.  With a strong security plugin and by keeping your site updated you can stand up to these online bullies.  It doesn’t mean that you’ll never be attacked or that hackers will not try to disrupt your site, but it will make it harder for them to achieve their goal.

Taking backups that are stored apart from your website will help you if your site is ever compromised. Being well prepared means your site won’t be disrupted for long, when a security event happens. Before you are attacked you should practice restoring your site from backup – so you know how to do it.

If you don’t feel you have the skills to secure your site, you can have peace of mind for just a few dollars each month. Asporea’s WordPress Protection Plan offers daily backups, core updates and plugin upgrades. We also offer a complementary health check to ensure that your site hasn’t been compromised. To find out more check out our WordPress Protection Plans.

WordPress SSL for Free with Let’s Encrypt

SSL Certificates encrypt the connection between your site and your visitor’s browser, preventing hackers from intercepting and stealing personal information. Installing an SSL certificate on your domain name is a great move and now with Let’s Encrypt and Asporea you can get SSL for free.

Historically SSL certificates were difficult to install, and they could cost you upwards of USD 90 a year. It was a cash-cow business for the security industry, and many people were taken for a ride by over inflated prices.
Let’s Encrypt offers a free way of getting many of the same security benefits for your site – without the cost. It’s taken the traditional paid model and turned it on its head with open source. Let’s Encrypt offer certificates for free, and it’s backed by companies like Facebook, Mozilla, Google Chrome, Cisco and Securi. The Let’s Encrypt platform makes installing SSL certificates automatic, simple and free for all.

What is SSL?

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates were invented in 1996 to secure web connections between the website and the visitor. In 1999, improvements ensued, and it transformed to Transfer Layer Security (or TLS). This is still used, although people know it better by the old name.  Browsers with a green https prefix are secured with an SSL certificate.

Websites that accept personal information – like online shopping sites use certificates to prevent hackers from stealing this information.

WordPress sites can benefit from a certificate because of the login page – it is possible for hackers to steal login information from non-secure sites.

About Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is run by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and is a registered Certificate Authority. This means it is authorised to issue SSL certificates.

The project wants to secure the entire web. Let’s Encrypt works by allowing you to install a certificate, adding a couple of commands via Shell Access and installing Let’s Encrypt Automatic Certificate Management Environment client.  Certificates are installed almost immediately.

Now included with Asporea cPanel hosting

Now, clients with Asporea can quickly add Let’s Encrypt certificates directly from their control panel. This functionality allows you to secure any domain in your hosting environment almost immediately.  Certificates will renew automatically, and sites will be secure in minutes.

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