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Upcoming Feature: MaxCDN Integration with SocialEngine

We are pleased to announce MaxCDN integration with SocialEngine for the coming 4.1.8 release. Here is a quick introduction of the service from MaxCDN:

” The web has to be fast! We all know that we have to tweak our sites to make them faster since the benefits of a fast website are mind boggling! A CDN is one of the building blocks to make your site lightning fast and reliable. A CDN can simply take the static parts of your website and offload them to data centers around the world, to reduce latency and bring the content closer to your user.

That’s exactly what we do; we’re MaxCDN and we try to help speed up websites to their maximum performance across our twelve data centers. We are very excited to announced that SocialEngine will soon be integrated with our CDN services.

CDN is a common term you hear around the web nowadays, but the term is thrown around quite a bit and used incorrectly. Let’s cover why you should care about a CDN and how we’re different from every other CDN provider.

Why Should You Care

To illustrate the benefits of a fast loading site and using a CDN, here a quick list of bullet points.
SEO rank will be higher – everybody wants it, everybody needs it. Quite some time ago Google announced that the load time of a website is one of the factors in their ranking algorithm. Like Matt Cutts always said…good SEO is good for the user… and fast sites make users happy!
You’ll have more conversions – You put a lot of hard work into SEO and when you finally have the user on your site, you want to make sure that he converts into a sale or a signup. Various case studies have shown that a faster site increases conversions drastically! Mozilla shaved 2.2 seconds off their landing pages, this increased download conversions by 15.4%, which they estimate will result in 60 million more Firefox downloads per year according to one of their blog posts. Amazon even increased revenue by 1% for every 100 milliseconds of improvement, which came from one of their PowerPoint presentations.
Your users will love you – a fast website always leads to happy users and they will come more often and view more pages! Yahoo increased traffic by 9% for every 400 milliseconds of improvement from their YSlow 2.0 presentation.
Scalability – sure, we hear this all the time with “the cloud”, but when your website grows, you won’t need to add any additional resources to power your website. Taking static content off your server does take a good portion of the load off your web server.
Load balancing – When your site becomes popular over night because you are on the frontage of Reddit, Digg, or Slashdot, you don’t need to worry with your website being taken down because of it.

We’re Different than Other CDNs

There are many CDN providers out there, but we can say that we are different from them:
We’re fast – with all of our twelve data centers throughout the world, we are a very fast CDN provider. All of our servers and other equipment are using state of the art hardware to insure we deliver the fastest CDN service possible.
Easy to use– some of us just want to take a break from the terminal and have a nice and friend control panel in front of us. We’ll provide you with the easiest CDN control panel out there. We also provide a very easy to use XML-API.
Tons of features– we have four types of zones you can use to deliver your content, and with all of these zones, you won’t have a problem at all integrating your website with MaxCDN. We even offer real time reporting with tons of fancy graphs that are just a click away in our control panel.
Contract free– MaxCDN is 100% contract free and you can cancel anytime you want and you can sign up within minutes.
Quick integration– it’s a extremely easy to set up MaxCDN throughout your entire website. In around the same time it takes to brew a cup of coffee, you could have your website up and running instantly using MaxCDN’s services. And in fact, it’s not hard at all; it’s plug and play!
We’re affordable– Without a doubt, we’re offering quite a bit just from a CDN service. But we’re not expensive at all; in fact, we’re only $40 for your first terabyte!

Integrating our CDN into SocialEngine will be seamless and effortless; just keep a watch out for it in an upcoming update!

If you would like to take a look at our services, everything we offer can be viewed from our website: maxCDN.com

14 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted October 18, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Since the speed depends on where you are, why didn't the website show the exact location of the 12 datacenters. Saying it "all throughout the world" is vague.

    I am already on Amazon Cloud since SE4.1.7 and their DC is just 20km from where I am. I stored my public folder (images, videos etc) there. Speed increase? Nothing to boast about :(

    Is this all hype or did I miss something?

  2. Aleem
    Posted October 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    i hope this makes the social engine faster because we all know this script is a bit slow

  3. Chris
    Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    OK pls ignore my earlier post about the lack of info on the 12 locations. Just found out here. http://www.maxcdn.com/features/network

    Too bad, none is closer than Amazon so I guess I'll just stick with them for the moment.

  4. Jason
    Posted October 19, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Chris A what is your SE Site I really need some help making my site faster…

  5. Randall
    Posted October 19, 2011 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    This sounds great. I do want to make a comment. I run my web server from my house with a 20/10 which is at times more like a 25/15. It's a business class cable from Comcast on Linux (Debian).

    I'm in the USA and my son decided to hang out in Hamburg Germany for the next year so guess what? He can hit the site and it loads within reason and can even watch videos that are loaded to the server. In the States, there's not much drag at all as I travel with my job. I've been west as far as California/AZ and to the east in North Carolina and I get very normal page loads.

    Will I subscribe to this new service? You bet!

    Thanks.

  6. Inti
    Posted October 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I'm a total nube on CDN, Amazon, and all those options. But after experiencing yet another extended period of downtime, even after upgrading to VPN, I need solutions.
    What is the ideal scenario when integrating these services, be it Amazons or MaxCDN to your SE platform?
    Should you be running a Pro VPN class server or, now that you're off loading some things to the CDN, can you stay at a lesser class of server? How much more and how exactly do the additional costs work?
    I can't afford to have my site go down every time there is a spike in traffic. What should I do?

  7. Brian
    Posted October 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    What is the difference between signing up with MaxCDN on my own and having this 'integration' with SE and implementing it that way? Any cost breaks?

  8. Ward
    Posted October 20, 2011 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    After finding MaxCDN and telling them to contact Webligo to add this service to help THEIR CLIENTS it does speed up the site.

    Another service that I will be getting is NGINX from Integration4us to replace Apache to increase performance and load balancing by as much as 50%.

    http://www.integration4us.com/socialengine-nginx/ and also YouNet has a plugin to Minify your site @ http://socialengine.modules2buy.com/2011/09/15/minify.html

    And Cloudlfare to protect it: https://www.cloudflare.com

    Maybe Webligo can be a little bit more helpful and do some video tutorials to help their clients with server configurations to speed up their sites as well.

  9. Posted October 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I installed the SE4.1.8 and purchased maxCDN and successfully made it to work. The website really became fast. Thank you.

    BUT afterwards the music files or video files stopped playing. Even the buttons to play were not working.

    After disenganging from maxCDN through the admin control panel, every thing came back to life.

    May be I am missing something or there is a bug in the SE4 which makes this annoying problem to appear.

    It may get fixed next time I hope !

  10. Roy
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    after enabling maxcdn on se 4.18p1 the sites css files do not load at all and do not display correctly, Could you help me resolve this issue. here is my email address michel@jr-adventures.com

  11. Matt
    Posted November 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    For assistance, please submit a support ticket from your account or contact us (http://www.socialengine.net/contact).

  12. Eric
    Posted December 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    How do we integrate MaxCDN wit SE4.18? I dont see any documentation regarding this at all…

  13. Matt
    Posted December 20, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    @Eric we do have some documentation, even a video tutorial, here: http://www.socialengine.net/support/article?q=188&question=How-to-use-the-CDN-Storage-Feature

  14. Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Proximity is overrated. You need fast network to the node and a hot cache of the frequently requested objects, not just proximity.

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