Updated: 12/31/2022 by Computer Hope

Short for content delivery network or content distribution network, a CDN is a global network that caches static content (e.g., images, CSS (cascading style sheets), and videos) for a website around the world. CDN helps improve the load time of a website by loading the static content from the closest CDN server.

For example, someone in India visiting a web server in the United States must wait for each request to travel to and from the United States. Although each request may only be a few hundred milliseconds, a site that makes dozens of requests would increase the overall load time. However, a website utilizing a CDN could make some requests to a server closer to the visitor.

CDN (Content delivery network)

The picture above is an example of a user in India accessing a server in the United States. Then, they receive the static content (e.g., pictures) from a closer CDN.

CDN providers

Below is a listing of some companies providing CDN solutions.

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