Why do my files load using the speakcdn.com domain?
SiteWrench has an integrated CDN to make your site perform better. A CDN or Content Delivery Network is a system that uses a network of super-fast file caching servers that are geographically dispersed. The caching means that our servers don’t have to serve up every file requested (because the CDN handles that for most files). Geographically dispersed fast servers mean that your site’s media loads very quickly because it doesn’t have to travel as far. The result is that our servers have less work to do (making them more efficient) and your media is delivered very quickly. Overall, using it offers a serious performance boost for your website.
Do I have to do anything to use the CDN?
Nope, the CDN is automatically in place. For it to work, all of your site’s assets have to be served over the CDN’s domain (speakcdn.com). The URI is mostly invisible except for file downloads. Almost all large/high-volume websites use a CDN to serve files so it’s not uncommon for a download to be served from a different domain (ex: s3.amazonaws.com or cdnjs.cloudflare.com). Other than enjoying fast-loading pages, your users will be largely unaware.
Are there SEO concerns using a CDN?
There are no negative SEO side effects. Google encourages the use of CDNs because they improve the end user’s experience and they are currently used extensively by many websites. Faster loading pages can have a positive impact on your site’s rankings.