As you know if you have read any of our blog posts in the past about our technical side of the blog you’ll know that we are not very loyal when it comes to the back end of our business.
This is because if our site goes down, we are losing customers, we are losing traffic and this then leads to us losing income.
We don’t tend to have a problem with hosting, because this can be very reliable the majority of the time but when it comes to CDN providers it can be totally different.
They are put in place just to make your site load faster and to provide you with excellent security, so if this goes down – we are gone before you can finish saying the word “competition”.
Therefore we have moved yet again at the end of last year and switched from Incapsula to Max CDN.
And the reason?
It was not accessible to us and we experienced downtime that was based around our IP address. And you have to think that if it is not accessible to us, then what about our readers?
Why we moved to Incapsula in the first place?
The reason we went with Incapsula was because they were the first ones we came across and explained what a CDN is from the start and what their company did.
When we actually went with Incapsula it was for the security element and we realised that there was a lot more to them than that.
It was also annoying that when you used their service you had to suspend it when you updated pages. This was because of the cache system they had in place and it became a bit of a joke towards the end of using them!!!
Especially, when you’re adding a new landing page and you want to keep checking it for positions of opt in forms – it can certainly be taxing that’s for sure.
Incapsula Vs Max CDN
It was not until we came across problems that we went looking for another CDN company. The difference between the two as far we can see is that Incapsula focuses most on the security side of the web traffic and has a CDN in place as well and Max CDN is mostly focused on the CDN part and offers a bit of security.
But when you take into account that Max CDN at the moment costs us just short of $10 for a month with 100 GB worth of traffic it is great value for money. With Incapsula we paid $19.00 a month for their service for unlimited traffic.
Even though Incapsula is more than double what Max CDN is at the moment when our traffic increases over 100 GB a month then we would be paying nearly the same and also Incapsula is unlimited traffic.
Also with Incapsula, I did not like the statistics they gave you because they kept not reading your traffic properly and then you would get blank spots all over the place and then have to get in touch with customer service and get them to sort it.
Also we have started using a new caching Plugin called WP Rocket and with Incapsula as our CDN that option did not work well but Max CDN integrated really well with the Plugin and now it runs brilliantly with next to no down time.
The speed also is pretty good.
With Incapsula on our websites homepage loaded in about 1.4 seconds but with Max CDN and the new Plugin it loads at an unbelievable speed as you can see in the image below:
So with all these aspects taken into account the cost per month, tracking facilities, speed, down time and Plugin integration we feel at the moment we have made the right decision to change and we have not looked back.
Our website is quicker, smoother and the same for everyone no matter where they load it from and most of all visitor satisfaction is what we are all aiming for.
We have also had our biggest month for traffic so far this month and if we had been with Incaptula it could have caused a lot of problems for us.
If you would like to find out more about Max CDN and see how they can improve your blog (like we have) then please click here.