How to Make a Favicon Small and Cacheable

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Today we want to talk about your favicon and how to make a favicon small, cacheable, and fast. This is definitely one of those optimizations that can be classified as lower priority, but everything adds up over time when it comes to web performance. If you add up 20 small optimizations, suddenly you could be looking at seconds shaved off your load times. As a CDN provider, we love sharing even the smallest of tricks that can help you stay ahead of your competition and ensure your sites load as fast as possible for both your visitors and Google.

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How to Migrate Google Fonts CDN to Your Own CDN

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There are a lot of different options today when it comes to serving up web fonts on your website or application. You can use a system font, host fonts locally, or use 3rd parties like Google or Typekit. Today we want to share with you the fourth option you have, which is to host Google Fonts on your own CDN. Below we will discuss some of the reasons why this is beneficial and also how to migrate away from Google Fonts CDN and take advantage of your content delivery network.

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Top 15 Website Monitoring Tools

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There is nothing worse then your website going down and you hearing about it from someone else. As a CDN provider, we take downtime very seriously. Downtime could affect your company or brand in a lot of different ways such as lost sales, a bad first impression for new customers, customer loyalty, and your overall reputation. Today we want to dive into the top 15 website monitoring tools to help you stay on top of your website’s uptime and ensure that your site is online and running 24/7 without a hitch.

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Optimize Images for Web – Ultimate Guide

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When it comes to marketing your website, there are a lot of different aspects to consider; such as speed, SEO, conversation rates, bounce rate, and many others. We normally focus solely on the performance aspect, but today we want to dive into additional ways you can optimize images for web. The file size of your images of course is very important, but SEO and social media also play an important part in helping your website perform and convert better.

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What is the Difference Between HTTP and HTTPS?

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The team here at KeyCDN is always encouraging people to make the move to HTTPS for a number of reasons such as performance benefits, additional security, and even SEO advantages. We are constantly throwing around the HTTP and HTTPS acronyms and sometimes its important to understand the basics of how they work and some history behind them. So today we thought we would explore more in-depth the difference between HTTP and HTTPS, what they mean, and why it might be time for you to make the move to HTTPS.

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Web Crawlers and User-Agents – Top 10 Most Popular

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When it comes to the world wide web there are both bad bots and good bots. The bad bots you definitely want to avoid as these consume your CDN bandwidth, take up server resources, and steal your content. Good bots (also known as web crawlers) on the other hand, should be handled with care as they are a vital part of getting your content to index with search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Read more below about some of the top 10 web crawlers and user-agents to ensure you are handling them correctly.

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Let’s Encrypt Leaves Beta – HTTPS Statistics

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It’s official, as of April 12, 2016, Let’s Encrypt is now out of beta! They first launched back in September 2015 and have now deployed certificates on millions of websites.  They set out to help make the “HTTPS Everywhere” goal a reality, and they are making good dent towards accomplishing that. We here at KeyCDN love Let’s Encrypt and fully support them in their work to help make the web a safer place by providing free SSL certificates for everyone.

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Free CDNs – Utilizing Open Source In Your Projects

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The team here at KeyCDN loves open source. We use a lot of open source software in our own projects and we also believe it is important to give back to the community to help make the web a better, faster, and more secure place. While there are a number of fantastic premium CDN solutions you can choose from there are also a lot of great free CDNs (open source) you can utilize to help decrease the costs on your next project. Most likely you are already using some of them without even knowing it. Check out some of the free CDNs below.

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KeyCDN Enables HTTP/2 HPACK Compression – Huffman Encoding

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KeyCDN is excited to announce that as of this week we have enabled HPACK compression, which utilizes Huffman encoding, for all of you who are running over HTTPS on HTTP/2. This is now running on all of our edge servers and there is no configuration necessary on your part. HPACK compression reduces the size of your headers by over 30% on average. There is less data now being sent which in turn will increase your content delivery speeds. Read more below about how HPACK and Huffman encoding allow for further compression of binary data in your headers.

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Fastest CDN – Checklist to Find the Best CDN Solution

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A lot of people are always looking for the fastest CDN (content delivery network), after all, that is a big part of what a good content delivery solution is all about. However the fastest CDN might not always be the best solution for your business or website. There are a lot of different factors you should consider when shopping for a content delivery solution, speed is definitely one of them, but you also should be looking at a CDN provider’s latency, support, pricing, features, and even security. Check out our checklist below, which can help you make a more informed decision when choosing your next content delivery solution.

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