MaxCDN Blog

February 26, 2015

How The Next Web Scaled to 7.2 Million Visitors a Month

MaxCDN is proud to present #MaxScale, our new series that takes an in-depth look at how enterprise-level tech companies handle scale at the highest levels of bandwidth, storage, analysis and more. In this installment we chat with Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of The Next Web that uses MaxCDN as its content delivery network. The... Read More

February 25, 2015

Now Shipping: Pseudo Streaming on Pull Zones (for Better Video)

Now video streaming is more powerful through MaxCDN pull zones. Recently we enabled our new mp4 module for all MaxCDN customers. This Nginx module was created in-house by our developers, specifically for the use cases of companies that deliver video. What This Means for You Now there’s no need for videos to be fully cached... Read More

February 24, 2015

Introducing MaxCDN’s Core Values: Who We Are Today, Who We’ll Always Be

In February 2015, we finalized our company core values and made them public to our team and the world. This post will give you background on what inspired these values and what each of them mean. Leading Up to Our Core Values MaxCDN began as a startup in 2009 with about 5 people, nearly doubling... Read More

February 19, 2015

The SSL Performance Myth, and Tips for Making Secure Connections Fast

We’re not shy about touting the virtues of SSL. In fact, we encourage our customers to encrypt their websites whenever possible. Despite its growing relevance, one of the most common arguments we hear against the adoption of SSL is that it’s too slow. In this post, we examine some claims behind this argument and current... Read More

February 18, 2015

A Quick Guide to Multi-CDNs: What to Consider, What Kind to Deploy

According to market estimates, the CDN market will grow to $12.6 billion by 2019, with North America expected to be the largest in terms of revenue contribution. (As of 2014, the CDN market was at $3.71 billion.) What does this have to do with multi-CDNs? Quite simply, the need for quick content delivery is growing.... Read More

February 12, 2015

5 Frontend Optimizations for Quicker Content Delivery

In a previous post we discussed how 5 backend optimizations could seamlessly improve the performance of your website. While your servers are important, the backend only accounts for about 20% of your website’s total load time. The remaining 80% takes place on the frontend. The frontend refers to the part of the website that gets... Read More

February 10, 2015

Why MaxCDN Uses NGINX to Deliver Your Content

Nginx is a high performance web server, load balancer, and proxy that our CDN network uses to deliver our customers’ content as fast as possible. In the past few years, more high-traffic websites have started using Nginx as their high performance server. Basically, the popularity Apache started losing in 2011 has been picked up by... Read More

February 6, 2015

5 Backend Optimizations for Quicker Content Delivery

Over the past year there has been about a 15% increase in page weight, but the average page load time continues to drop. This is for three main reasons: File size means less. How files are delivered means more. The Internet’s core infrastructure is improving (faster browsers, LTE/4G, etc.) There are now more “cheetah-speed” backend... Read More

February 4, 2015

How BuySellAds Went From 0 to 2+ Billion Ad Impressions Per Month

MaxCDN is proud to present #MaxScale, our new series that takes an in-depth look at how enterprise-level tech companies handle scale at the highest levels of bandwidth, storage, analysis and more. In this installment, we chat with BuySellAds founder Todd Garland. BuySellAds is an advertising software and services company based in Boston, MA, founded by... Read More

February 3, 2015

How to Win Business and Trust with SSL

Following worldwide debates on digital surveillance and fraud, consumers are now savvier about Internet security and cryptographic protocols like SSL. For this reason, delivering content through a secure layer is no longer a nice-to-have for businesses – it’s a must-have. In the past, this really only applied to ecommerce sites, but it’s now becoming truth... Read More