How Padeo works with CDNs for an even faster page load

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How Padeo Speeds up Your Website

Padeo is a website plugin that speeds up your website by predicting the most likely page that a user will visit next. Padeo then preloads the predicted page’s content in the background as the user browses. With accurate predictions, each page load is extremely short because the bulk of the loading work has already happened. 

How a CDN Speeds Up Your Website

A content delivery network (CDN) is a group of servers spread across multiple physical locations that work together to deliver internet content such as web pages, images, or videos to end users (your website visitors) quickly. Your website content is copied onto each CDN server, so a user visiting your website can connect to the closest server and get their content faster.

It should be clear that whether or not a page load takes less time with a CDN or without one depends on a number of factors such as:

  • Where a particular website visitor is located in relation to your origin server.
  • The resources (processing power, memory, etc.) that your origin server has, and how fast the origin server hardware and software is compared to a CDN server. 

There’s 3 ways that a CDN server can speed up your website. These methods all have the same goal — Reduce the time it takes to complete web requests (aka deliver web content).

1. Reducing the geographic distance between your website visitor and your website content. 

The distance between your visitor and your website server contributes to how long it takes for data to travel back and forth. A CDN distributes your website files across geographically spread CDN servers to ensure that website visitors far away from your website’s origin server can still load your website quickly by connecting to the nearest CDN server.

2. Delivering your website content using better hardware and software on the server-side. 

A CDN can benefit your site if your origin server doesn’t have enough resources to handle the amount of traffic your website gets, or if your server is using slower hardware or software. Sometimes simply upgrading your website hosting (aka upgrading your origin server) is much more cost effective than paying for a CDN.

3. Reducing the amount of data to transfer to the user. 

Some CDNs use caching, file compression, minification, and other techniques to reduce the total amount of data that needs to be transferred between the server and client.

Padeo and CDNs Working Together

Padeo works effectively with CDNs because it speeds up different steps in the loading process that a CDN does not affect. Padeo predicts which web page will most likely be visited next, then it preloads that page’s resources into the user’s browser cache. A CDN uses the methods we covered in the above section to deliver content to the user’s browser faster. To sum it up: 

Padeo decreases load times by doing the loading work in advance, before a webpage request happens.

A CDN decreases load times by reducing the time it takes to complete a webpage request.

When you combine Padeo with a CDN, the work of loading the next page is done in advance (due to Padeo’s intelligent prediction), and the content being preloaded by Padeo is delivered to the user’s browser quickly by the CDN.

Raleigh businesses can use Padeo for free

Padeo works on any website whether you’re using a CDN or not. Right now, Raleigh businesses (and those in the Research Triangle area) can use the full version of Padeo for free. Sign up at https://padeo.io/en.

If you’re ready to try out Padeo and are not a business in the Raleigh area, sign up for the free plan where you can try the software for your first 500 website visits. There’s absolutely no charge unless you decide to upgrade yourself.

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