Blogging Headaches as of Late

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Ironically I have been battling the pains that come with a blog growing faster than I can spent to build up the infrastructure and when my blog took 9k+ pageviews a day and averaged over 4k for several days in a row I had to quickly switch to a Content Delivery Network or CDN to help serve my images faster and reduce the load on my shared web hosting account.

I had tried Amazon S3, but without Cloudfront and a subdomain corporate proxies were blocking all loads from which ruined my site layout.  I tried setting up Cloudfront and had all settings configured exactly like I saw on several sites but my .css and other files just wouldn’t load from the CDN properly.  In sheer frustration I decided to try MaxCDN which I heard was fantastic from Tuan Do over at Techwalls and I was amazed at how fast and easy it was to setup.

The performance was also better than Cloudflare or Amazon S3 according to pingdom tests and I am doing a post about it all on in a few days to explain all the experimentation and how to setup MaxCDN with a WordPress blog and W3 Total Cache.

In the end my technology blog is now running MaxCDN to host all my CDN files and it is running far faster than it was previously.  I even used the code “wpbeginner” and got $10 off my payment of $39 to make it $29 for the first year plus usage.  MaxCDN is cheaper anyway than Amazon S3 + Cloudfront combination so I am probably going to save money in the long run.

-Justin Germino

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Updated: August 25, 2011 — 7:35 pm