Quite recently HellBound Bloggers (HBB) was revamped with SwiftTheme and we also installed a CDN called MaxCDN to add more power to it.
Setup MaxCDN on WordPress Blog
You can get MaxCDN for low price and with 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee. If you have a WordPress blog, then it’ll be very easy to implement too.
MaxCDN – Configuration
1. Introduction. Log into your MaxCDN account, then go to “Manage Zones” and click on “Create Pull Zone”
2. New Pull Zone details. Now you have to enter the details for your new Pull zone.
Pull Zone Name: You can keep any specific or related name for this. Since this is for my blog, I kept my blog’s name without spaces there as hellboundbloggers. You should not use any space and it should be minimum 3 characters long.
Origin Server URL: You should enter the URL of your blog here. Must have “http://” and the trailing slash “/”.
Custom CDN Domain: You can use any subdomain like cdn.hellboundbloggers.com
Label: You can keep a description to identify this Pull Zone.
Compression: By enabling this you can save the usage of bandwidth on your account.
3. Adding Custom Subdomains. You can enter up to 7 custom subdomains like cdn, cdn1, cdn2 or whatever name you choose. Multiple subdomains helps to improve pipelining performance in the browser. Don’t forget to copy that CNAME value and keep it safe in a NotePad.
4. API Information. Now you need to create API Key and we’ll need those API details (ID & Key) while configuring W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin, you can copy and keep these somewhere.
5. Whitelist IP Address. You should whitelist the IP address to avoid further issues/errors.
These are what you need to do on your MaxCDN Dashboard, after that you have to do some configurations in your Hosting Panel and W3 Total Cache settings. Now you should be keeping your API details and CNAME handy.
Hosting – Configuration
It’s time to log into your Web Hosting Account to create CNAME record for the custom subdomains. If you are using cPanel you’ll find something like “Simple DNS Zone Editor”, click that icon and you’ll be taken to a page to create CNAME records.
You can now enter your custom subdomains one by one and assign the same value to CNAME. (Remember the CNAME value you copied from your MaxCDN dashboard?) You can see the screenshot for reference, it’ll be similar to this.
Now that’s all you have to do in your Web Hosting account. Now you should be having your API Details (took from MaxCDN dashboard) on your NotePad or something.
W3 Total Cache – Configuration
This is the final stage to setup MaxCDN on WordPress blog, you are going to configure W3 Total Cache plugin. Configuring your W3 Total Cache is simple, but you should be careful with your steps. Go to the “Settings” -> “CDN”
Enable it and pick “NetDNA/MaxCDN” as CDN Type. Click “Save All Settings”.
Now after enabling you can enter your API ID and Key. If you run a secure connection (SSL) you can enable the SSL Support.
Now enter all the custom subdomains you created for the CDN and save this. I think that’s all you have to do. You can “Test” the CNAME thing there whether it is working fine or not.
That’s it. MaxCDN is successfully configured on your WordPress blog. You can also implement the same steps on other platforms but you’ll have some plugin (here we used W3 Total Cache) to integrate that.
To know more about MaxCDN, how it works and more importantly how it benefits your blog, you can see this video.
If you have any difficulties to setup MaxCDN on WordPress blog, do comment below and we’ll try our best to help you out.