A content delivery network (CDN) is a set of servers scattered across the planet, helping you deliver content to users faster.
The internet is everywhere. If you have a hosted website, it’s available everywhere, too. However, the website and all the content within are stored somewhere, at a physical location, from where it delivers content to visitors across the world.
But if the requests are coming from Canada, China, Cuba, or Chile, your content needs to travel a lot of distance before they reach where they need to be displayed. Moreover, if many users are requesting for the same content at the same time, the server gets bogged down and may take more time in managing the load and queuing up responses. Quite naturally, the speed of content delivery is affected as a result. The website may experience higher latency and longer page-load time.
This is where CDN comes in.
A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a wide network of servers spread throughout the globe. The static assets and dynamic content of your website are cached and saved in all these servers.
When any visitor requests for a page – from Canada, China, Cuba, or any other location – the website fetches cached content from the nearest server and delivers it to the visitor locally. In this case, the content is not required to travel across the globe; it’s always around the corner. So, the speed of content delivery is lightning fast.
Contentstack is a headless CMS platform that enables faster content delivery through its reliable web framework, cache policies, and several other features. It has always ranked amongst the fastest content delivery platforms available in the market.
But what gives Contentstack that lightning speed? The answer is CDN. Contentstack has a fully functional CDN set up that adds more speed to content delivery operations. And if you are using Contentstack to manage content for your website, lightning fast content delivery comes by default.
Everything you need comes pre-configured with Contentstack. And therefore, you don't need to spend any maintenance time, money, or efforts from your side.
Apart from the major benefits of using a headless CMS, here are some other benefits that you get by using CDN-enabled Contentstack.