FREE & FULL FEATURED CDN

Our free content delivery network makes your website load quickly, wherever your users are. It includes a suite of speed-boosting features that will accelerate your website. Every 20i web hosting user gets access to it for no further cost.

Our free CDN – for a faster website, globally

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How a CDN works

A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is all about making a website load faster for all users, wherever they are in the world.

This is done by storing (caching) copies of your website on servers at the network edge. For example, if your website is hosted at a UK data centre, there might be a delay if you try to access that site from the USA. So a copy of your website is stored on a server closer to the user, called a Point of Presence (POP).

Multiple copies of your site’s data is stored at different POPs throughout the world,
so your site will load faster in remote places. Your users will navigate your site more efficiently, wherever they are.

While it’s good for users, it also helps your website in other ways. Search engines love fast-loading sites so there’s an SEO benefit to having a CDN.

Our free CDN

Our CDN offers the same edge caching features as paid CDNs from providers like Cloudflare.

While it has one-click activation, we give advanced users the option of development mode, and dynamic/custom cache settings – freedom to experiment.

You can purge the cache in a click to make instant updates. Nuisance visitors can be blocked by IP address or country.

Stay on top of site performance and monitor for problems with our comprehensive set of statistics. It gives raw data on CDN activity, presented in charts. So you can make informed decisions on traffic trends and monitor for issues following site changes.

UK CDN PROVIDER

The Free Global CDN from a UK Company

Fast loading websites
anywhere

Our global network will edge-cache full pages close to where the user is based. It works with our StackCache WordPress module – no plugins required – as well as any other software that sets public cache control headers. So it works for any site: Linux, Windows or WordPress.

The same network as the web giants

Our CDN makes use of the same internet exchange points (neutral data centres) used by AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and many other leading tech companies. So Acorn Web Hosting customers get access to enterprise-level connectivity.

Reliability and uptime

Improve reliability and uptime of your website, wherever your user is based. As your site is served from data centres close to them, there are fewer ‘hops’ in the network. The internet service provider only needs to route the user to our nearest POP, reducing the potential number of problems on the journey.

WEBSITE OPTIMISATION

Supercharge your site with our CDN

If your website is data-heavy and bloated, it will load slowly even if you use fast hosting and a CDN. Our Website Acceleration Suite gives you the option to slim-down your data payload, without having an effect on its appearance or function.

Automatic image resizing

Slow-loading images are the bane of website performance. Our image CDN will scan your images and resize them for the appropriate size for mobile and desktop.

Lazy loading

Only load what’s going to be presented to the user immediately: what’s going to be seen first. Your above-the-fold content will appear in a browser more quickly by deferring off-screen images or other non-critical resources to be loaded only when in view

Next-Gen Image Formats

.Our image optimisation tools will convert files to fast-loading next-gen image formats like JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, and WebP.

Image compression

‘Raw’ images often contain information that can be removed or compressed without a visible loss in quality. Our CDN will compress your images ‘on the fly’, saving you time.

Code Minification

We can minify and strip whitespace from our code. Our CDN will compress HTML, CSS and JavaScript files to reduce time spent parsing, compiling and executing the code. This allows the network payload to be reduced and enables websites to loaded faster than normal.

One-click optimisation

Give your site a performance boost on mobile and desktop with a single click. A simple risk-free solution that will give you better PageSpeed scores.

We give you the tools to get your Google
PageSpeed Score to 100/100!

Why use the Acorn Web Hosting CDN?

Features at your fingertips

Every website is different, so the Acorn Web Hosting CDN gives you control over every feature, directly from our control panels. All options are exposed so you can fine-tune performance.

For example, as well as global edge caching, you can control whether images, CSS and JavaScript are cached independently.

Our Website Acceleration Suite includes over 40 different ways to improve your website’s speed. You can save performance settings as templates and apply that template to any other website in your account.

Preset profiles

Not your thing? If you want a quick fix, then select our tried-and-tested preset ‘One-click Optimisation’ to get your site loading at lightning speed straight away – it’s up to you. It’s a one-click speed boost.

If you’re running a hosting business as a Acorn Web Hosting Reseller, you have the option to offer our CDN features as a package upgrade and restrict options for the less technical user.

Activated

One-click optimisation

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AS GOOD AS CLOUDFLARE PRO

Compare our free CDN

Other companies offer ‘hosting with a CDN’, but just offer Cloudflare’s free package along with your hosting. The Acorn Web Hosting CDN is different. We give you the premium features of paid CDNs – but without the expensive cost involved, completely free.

Cost

Acorn

FREE

CloudFlare Pro

$20 per Month

Global content Delivery Network

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

$20 per Month

DDos Protection

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

Free Dedicated SSl certs

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

Image & Mobile Optimization

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

HTTP/2

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

Unlimited Usage

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

Load Balancing

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

NO(extra fee)

Activation Time

Acorn

Instant

CloudFlare Pro

Instant

Unlimited Blocking by Country

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

PCI Compliance

Acorn

CloudFlare Pro

origin web Hosting

Acorn

From Free

CloudFlare Pro

AS GOOD AS CLOUDFLARE PRO

Compare our free CDN

Other companies offer ‘hosting with a CDN’, but just offer Cloudflare’s free package along with your hosting. The Acorn Web Hosting CDN is different. We give you the premium features of paid CDNs – but without the cost.

Cost

FREE

$20/month

Global Content Delivery Network

DDoS Protection

Free Dedicated SSL certs

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Image & Mobile Optimisation

Unlimited Usage

HTTP/2

Load Balancing

No (extra fee)

Activation time

Instant

Instant

Unlimited blocking by country

PCI Compliance

Origin web hosting

From FREE

Acorn Web Hosting paid web hosting is available from £4.99/month.

CDN: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For any company that has an international presence – or wants an international presence – a CDN is important. It means that your website will load fast anywhere in the world. Fast sites lead to more sales and better search performance.

You might think CDN may not be important to you if you’re a local ‘bricks and mortar’ business that only serves your nearby community. That’s understandable, but having a fast site gives you SEO advantages, even locally. So even if you don’t have an international market, it’s still worth activating your free CDN and making use of its website speed acceleration.

Don’t worry: we promise no ads, and everything’s above-board. We’re committed to using new technologies to change web hosting for the better. So our free CDN is our way of making our world-class web hosting even better value.

We say: since ours is free, use it all the time! There’s no disadvantage to using it, and unlike some providers, the Acorn Web Hosting CDN doesn’t charge you for the bandwidth you use.

The only time you might want to turn off any of the Website Acceleration Suite optimisations are if they interfere with any complex functions on your site. Our friendly support team is here to help if you have any difficulties.

Our cloud web hosting is rock solid and suitable for most needs. But if you’re looking for a hosting solution that dedicates resources to your sites and lets you lean on our expert Technical Support team, then a Managed Virtual Private Server would be for you. If you’re a developer, a Managed VPS will give you more freedom to install extra apps.

Yes. We offer unlimited Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates for any sites or web applications you host on a Managed VPS. They can be added in a click from the control panel and renew automatically every 3 months.