As of October 2018, we have launched our own all-new, custom-built ‘WPX Cloud’ CDN service for all WPX customers, as part of our growing list of free, inclusive services.
So what exactly is this ‘WPX Cloud’?
Essentially, the WPX Cloud is our own superfast, hand-built Content Delivery Network (CDN) with 20+ 'end points' (and growing!) around the world.
Not sure what a CDN is?
Put simply, using a CDN is like having a mini-server near any of your site visitors to help load and run your website faster and more efficiently for them, even for visitors from the other side of the world.
For example, let’s say that you’re a nature photography blogger based in Montana, and your website is hosted with WPX in our Chicago datacentre.
That site will load well across North America but nature-lovers visiting your blog from Australia, Europe, Asia, and Africa will find that your website is slower to load for them.
This is because your blog’s content (images and text mainly) is being retrieved from one of our Chicago servers and sent all the way across the world to visitors outside the USA.
Instead, our CDN has already copied your popular content to servers around the world to benefit your far-away site visitors.
So whether your visitors are from Berlin, Sydney, Johannesburg, or Tokyo, they’ll see your blog content from a fast local server and not from the other side of the world.
Using our Cloud CDN, the speed increase for site visitors around the world is dramatic.
But isn’t this Cloud just like any other CDN?
Unlike most CDNs, our Cloud was custom-built from the ground up BY us (a hosting company!) specifically FOR high-performance WordPress hosting.
Over the coming months, many additional features will also be added to our WPX Cloud.
More on that soon!
Plus, we test and tweak our Cloud CDN constantly for maximum WordPress performance and that’s something that conventional CDN companies (who are not hosting companies) can’t or simply won’t do.
That’s why speed tests show how sites hosted on the WPX Cloud completely surpass other CDN-powered hosting companies when it comes to raw speed! You can see just how fast our CEO, Terry Kyle's, image-heavy site runs on the WPX Cloud;
How do I activate the WPX Cloud on my websites?
All WPX customers prior to 24th Oct 2018 will have the new WPX Cloud turned OFF by default, while new WPX customers on or after that same date will have the WPX Cloud turned ON by default.
NOTE: For the WPX Cloud to work, your domains MUST be pointed to WPX Nameservers - let us know if you are not sure and we will check.
To turn ON your WPX Cloud service, log in to your WPX Control Panel. From here, choose WordPress Hosting (1) → Service Management (2);
Then choose the correct hosting account by main domain URL (if you have more than one) and click on Manage All Sites In This Account;
Now click on the WPX Cloud link in the bottom left menu;
From the listed sites/domains here, just click the Toggle button for each site that you want running on the WPX Cloud CDN;
IMPORTANT: after activating your Cloud, it will take approximately 1 hour for your website’s contents to be copied and distributed throughout the WPX Cloud network.
If you’re not sure what to do, you can always ask our friendly Support Team and they will enable the WPX Cloud on your websites fast and free!
The reason that we have not automatically enabled the WPX Cloud for all customers prior to 24th October 2018 is simply to ensure the compatibility and functionality of all sites with the new service.
Will the WPX Cloud work with every kind of website?
Yes but some sites benefit much more from a CDN than others.
For instance, if you have a typical WordPress blog with images, text, and optin forms, or even a portfolio site (for photographers or artists), then the WPX Cloud will massively accelerate your page’s loading speed.
However, if you have a website with bespoke or dynamic elements, like an eCommerce site with individual shopping carts, then the WPX Cloud won’t help quite as much because those dynamic elements can’t be cached by our CDN.
Long-time WPX customers will know that we have been recommending W3 Total Cache with our custom settings to improve the performance of websites. With the WPX Cloud, the W3TC plugin IS still recommended, using our optimal settings.
Is the WPX Cloud free for WPX customers?
From the date of its launch, our Cloud CDN has been freely available for all WPX Hosting customers across all plans: Business,
Professional and Elite.
Quality CDNs normally incur considerable extra expense for an online entrepreneur like you, such as Cloudflare below;
However, we have decided to add it for FREE for all WPX customers.
How will using the WPX Cloud affect my bandwidth allocation?
All that changes with the WPX Cloud is from where and how your site content is served to visitors to your websites, and how quickly.
Plan limits for bandwidth are unchanged.
Should you have further questions about the WPX Cloud or need help activating it, please contact our Support Team here:
And we’ll get back to you ASAP!
You can also learn more about our WordPress hosting in Germany here (we also have a CDN end point in Falkenstein too).
Did you know about our WPX Hosting's datacenter in Singapore (see here).