CloudFlare is the next-generation CDN
As mentioned in our technology section (more about technology here), here at Doodle Inc. we take your website speed seriously. Our ultra-reliable, high-performance hosting is crucial for your website success. If your site is slow, your visitors will just find another site to buy from or get their information from. Therefore, we tested every local hosting in Australia in order to find the best available technology. Eventually, we decided to take it one step further and utilise the most advanced cutting-edge technology in the world.
As the technology is not available in Australia yet, our secured servers located in USA, but through our content delivery systems (CDN) your audience will see your website anywhere in the world as if it was local. In this situation- for instance- your local Australian customers (Sydney, Melbourne) will experience a better speed than hosting your site locally (besides given factors such his local connection hardware). Unbelievable!
An Overview of CloudFlare
CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through an intelligent global network. Your website delivery is automatically optimize so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. CloudFlare also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources.
The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Your Doodle website uses a content delivery network (CDN). We chose CloudFlare as our preferred content delivery network (CDN) as it is the next-generation CDN. CloudFlare’s CDN reduces hops and lowers latency. On average, a request is fewer than 10 hops and takes less than 30ms. The result? Your website gains a global presence on an affordable budget.
A CDN is a distributed network of servers that provides several advantages for your website:
- Cached content: By caching web site content, CloudFlare helps improve page load speeds, reduce bandwidth usage, and reduce CPU usage on the server.
- High availability: With a redundant network of servers worldwide, if a server experiences an issue, CloudFlare’s CDN simply “fails over” to use another server.
- Increased security: CloudFlare helps improve security by blocking threats before they even reach a site. CloudFlare’s CDN can also provide some protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
Read more about How CloudFlare makes your site faster with Doodle.
Railgun Network Optimizer
Railgun is a web optimization technology provided by CloudFlare that significantly speeds up delivery of non-cached web pages. The CloudFlare service automatically caches around 65% of the resources for a web page, but 35% of this content cannot be cached simply because the resources marked as “do not cache” or dynamically generated.
Railgun speeds up serving this remaining 35% of web content by opening a secure, tunnelled connection between the CloudFlare network and your website server. Your website’s HTML mark-up generally does not change very much from one request to the next, so instead of transferring the entire request between CloudFlare and the server, Railgun only transfers the mark-up changes. This reduces bandwidth usage, transfer time, and overall page load times. Performance results shows 136% faster HTML load times with Railgun.
Click here for find more information about Railgun.