Imagine you are online shopping, and you find a description of a product that sounds exactly like what you are looking for, but the image of that product is taking forever to load. You may decide waiting isn’t worth it and move on to a different site.
We are living in the midst of the “I-want-it-now” era, and something as simple as a picture that doesn’t load fast enough can be all it takes for a customer to take their business elsewhere.
So what can you do to make sure your site avoids this common mishap and meets these online customer demands? Simple. Improve image loading speed. And the best way to do that, is by using a Content Delivery Network (CDN).
If you don’t already know what a CDN is, here’s a quick breakdown:
Instead of the standard website model where all site files are kept on a single server in one location, a CDN stores files on multiple servers across the globe. This means content travels less distance and ultimately, site users receive content much quicker.
Think of it like this: if you order something online, and all the products ship from one warehouse located in California, it will take a long time for that product to get to places that are farther away like Europe or Asia.
But, what if that company you bought from had many different warehouses all over the world. Now they can ship that product to you from the warehouse closest to you and you will get your product faster.
A CDN is essentially digital warehouses all over the world.
So now that we know what a CDN is, here are 5 reasons why CDNs are so helpful for image hosting.
- They are Reliable
The chance of a web server having issues is always present, and if you are storing all files on one single server, one small issue – either physical or software related – could be detrimental to your business. With CDNsun, however, there are over 70 data centers worldwide. If one has a glitch, the network will automatically deliver images and content to the user from the next best server.
Not to mention, if your site is experiencing heavy traffic, a single server site may overload and crash. A CDN can share the burden with all the other servers, so your site won’t have to suffer because of high demand.
Additionally, CDNsun is built on the most reliable CDN platform, with a team of engineers working daily to make it even better, reducing the risk of issues.
2. They are Fast
With so many data centers across the globe, CDNs allows users to receive images from the server that is located closest to them geographically. The decreased travel time increases the speed of delivery, which is essential for larger but important files like images.
CDNsun maintains servers all over the world including, the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Oceania, so you can be sure that there is a server in close enough proximity to any area you service allowing all users to get blazingly fast image loading.
3. They are Scalable
If your business grows and you need to service more areas, CDNs can allow you to add an additional server, typically with reasonable costs and no delays. CDNsun is even open to adding servers in new locations based on interest.
4. They can Improve Conversions
CDNs allow images to load faster without settling for lower quality because the different servers work together. What better way to entice a customer to make a purchase than with extremely clear images of your product delivered at the blink of an eye?
When images load quickly on your site, you improve the user experience, and ultimately reduce the percentage of drop-offs from your site. Using CDNsun can help you avoid losing conversions from slow image loading.
5. They are Secure
Because CDNs are often used to handle sensitive and confidential data, so providers, like CDNsun, offer high level security to protect against hacking.
CDNsun knows that the internet is a dangerous place, so they aim to offer the most secure CDN services to all of their customers.