5 CDN Comparison MaxCDN, Amazon CloudFront, CloudFlare, CacheFly and EdgeCast

Updated: January 18, 2016 / Home » Web Hosting and Wordpress » Web Hosting and Services

With the introduction of Google Panda, a website’s speed is slightly more important. The reason why we say it is slightly more important is because content is still king. Anyway, based on a study done by Amazon, if a website takes too long to load a page, more often than not the readers will close the tab or simple search again.

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MaxCDN vs EdgeCast vs Amazon Cloudfront vs Cloudflare

At the time of writing, I have accounts with Cloudflare Free, MaxCDN, MediaTemple’s EdgeCast and Amazon Cloudfront. I do not have Cloudflare Pro, Akamai or CacheFly, thus I can’t comment on my experience. Here are my takes on their services, performance and user speed. I am not paid to write any of these comments, and they are all based on my own real experience subscribing and using these services.

  • Cloudflare Free ★☆☆☆☆

    There is a saying – Cheap things are not good, good things are not cheap. The free version is by far the worse CDN I’ve ever used. Occasionally it will display a full page 404 error message saying your server/hosting is down, which I believe it is not true. Not only it is slow, the way they ‘hijack’ the frontpage by displaying the server down message is morally wrong.

  • MaxCDN ★★★☆☆

    MaxCDN is affordable for beginners, it is reasonably priced and comes loaded with many features such as preventing others from hotlinking your images, robots.txt, cache, compression and more. The only drawback is the limited number of peer/pop servers, it cost money to add a peer/pop server for Asia.

  • EdgeCast ★★☆☆☆

    EdgeCast is way faster than MaxCDN, just like Amazon Cloudfront, it comes with basic features. No robots.txt or ways to prevent people from hotlinking your images. The problem with EdgeCast is the price. My monthly bill is USD200, for the same amount of bandwidth on Amazon Cloudfront, it is only USD80. You do the math.

  • Amazon Cloudfront ★★★★★

    Super Fast, yes, not only Cloudfront is very fast, it is the cheapest among all when you count the number of peer/pop servers they have. At the time of writing, they are still adding more servers. In short, it comes with twice the speed, and half the price. The only drawback is the lack of features. No way of stopping people from hot-linking your images.

5 CDN Comparison MaxCDN, Amazon CloudFront, CloudFlare, CacheFly and EdgeCast3

Features Comparison

Below is a simple table, they are correct at the time of writing, but they may be different now because the internet is a fast moving industry. Do check the official website for more details.

MaxCDN / NetDNACloudflare ProAmazon CloudFrontEdgeCast / MediatempleCacheFly
$39.95/month for 1TB$20/month$0.120 - 0.250 / GB for 10TB$20/month for 200GB$99/month for 256 GB
AMERICA
- Seattle
- San Jose
- Los Angeles
- Chicago
- New York
- Atlanta
- Miami
- Dallas



AMERICA
- San Jose
- Los Angeles
- Chicago
- Ashburn
- Newark
- Miami
- Dallas



AMERICA
- Sao Paulo
- Ashburn(2)
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Jacksonville
- Los Angeles (2)
- Miami
- New York (2)
- Newark
- Palo Alto
- San Jose
- Seattle
- South Bend
- St. Louis
AMERICA
- Atlanta
- Chicago
- Dallas
- Los Angeles
- Miami
- New York
- San Jose
- Seattle
- Washington DC



AMERICA
- Toronto
- Washington DC
- San Jose
- Atlanta
- Chicago
- Dallas
- Los Angeles
- Miami
- New York
EUROPE
- Amsterdam
EUROPE
- London
- Amsterdam
- Frankfurt
- Paris
EUROPE
- Paris
- Frankfurt
- London
- Milan
- Amsterdam
- Dublin
- Stockholm
EUROPE
- Amsterdam
- Frankfurt
- London
- Madrid
- Paris
EUROPE
- London
- Amsterdam
- Frankfurt
- Paris
- Stockholm
ASIA
- Hong Kong
ASIA
- Hong Kong
- Tokyo
- Singapore
ASIA
- Hong Kong
- Osaka
- Tokyo
- Singapore (2)
ASIA
- Hong Kong
- Osaka
- Singapore
- Tokyo
- Sydney
ASIA
- Hong Kong
- Singapore
- Tokyo
- Sydney

Conclusion

Amazon Cloudfront is the best CDN for your WordPress site, they have more servers around the world than their competitors, and bandwidth is half of what they charge. The best part is, they have quite a number of servers in Asia, where the growth of internet user is increasing multifold. The combined internet user for both India and China will dwarf the rest of the world; however, the purchasing power of these users remains weak for the foreseeable near future. Amazon Cloudfront is a must have service for all bloggers using WordPress.

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15 comments on “5 CDN Comparison MaxCDN, Amazon CloudFront, CloudFlare, CacheFly and EdgeCast

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    thanks for this comparison between different CDN Providers services and performances to help to find best CDN provider

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    Jason Mathes [ Reply ]

    This Free CDN service is much more than your typical Content Delivery Network.

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    Aleksandr Yampolskiy [ Reply ]

    Are You Interested In The Best Video CDN Comparison?

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    Sanjeev Mishra [ Reply ]

    Before selecting the CDN network, you must want to know their performance

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    Comparison [ Reply ]

    CDN providers reviews, pricing, features, comparison, and information related to Content Delivery Networks.

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    This report contains an analysis on the top CDN’s in the industry.

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    The CacheFly Content Delivery Network will ensure the fastest, most reliable

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    Thank you for your info, though it has passed a lot of time since the article was published. But nowadays CDN is even more worth to use than previously.
    Personally i’d definitely recommend Edgecast CDN services for serious websites. This network is one of the leaders of the industry and even such a big names like WordPress and Twitter have chosen them. Though for a regular website they are also ready to offer their services and the website undoubtedly will work as fast as possible. And also will be secured and well-optimized. There are a number of their resellers that offer no annual contracts and very affordable prices for those services. Check out Jodihost, for example.

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    Bill White [ Reply ]

    KeyCDN ( https://www.keycdn.com ) is also a great alternative to the other CDNs mentioned in this article.

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    Maykel Rodriguez [ Reply ]

    Ngan, send me an email if you would like to give EdgeCast (Verizon Digital Media Services) another try, I’m sure we will be able to offer you a better price than Amazon CloudFront!

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Hi Maykel, I am very happy with Amazon Cloudfront. Thanks for the offer.

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    Sheikh Rashid [ Reply ]

    I’m also use Cloudflare my experience is very bad

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    D. Russo [ Reply ]

    You are right about Cloudflare… I’ve just lost 16 ranking positions because they put a 404 message from their server where they add “seller pitch”… Google algo doesn’t appreciate this kind of questionable attitude against visitors. My website paid for that and worse, I paid a pro plan…
    I really do the maximum to give to my visitors the best experience I can offer with quality content an ergonomic / technical friendly experience. My fist preoccupation is visitors, not the algo by itself.

    When I asked Cloudflare what happened, they answered that I accepted that they can add this kind of information!! Since the beginning (2 months) I have problem with this company: not real support at all…
    Now, I search a cdn company who is Panda friendly, I mean who don’t put ads to “grab” customers using my website or with files they display as pub, company who understands what is penalized by Panda.
    Your post is very instructive. thank you.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      I highly recommend Amazon Cloudfront. Glad that you ditch Cloudflare, they are sneaky to insert these 404 pages with their own ‘seller pitch’, the web owner will probably not see this because they probably kept a cookie or whitelist the IP address of the owner.

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    I discover you’re blog, verry interesting and full of tips I very like it !
    Thanks you so much, but I think I will stay with cloudflare, the free ssl is a must have

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