Web Hosting Giant Builds a CDN for Small Businesses – 01/24/2013

Web hosting giant GoDaddy is continuing its 21st-century makeover by rolling out a content-delivery network, or CDN, for its customers. CDNs are common in the world of large businesses and web sites that want to speed up the loading time of web pages by caching certain content in locations closer to site visitors, but they’ve generally been out of reach for the types of businesses that rely on GoDaddy hosting.

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GoDaddy’s new service, called Website Accelerator, launched on Tuesday for users of the company’s “ultimate” hosting plan and, President of Products and Technology Jason Rosenthal told me, is designed for relatively unsophisticated sites and users. It’s optimized for sites that are fairly straight HTML and maybe a bit image-heavy, rather than dynamic, personalized sites that rely heavily on database interaction. The GoDaddy CDN also starts intelligently caching parts of customers’ web pages with just one push of a button rather than requiring them to go through and tag which content they want housed on a CDN providers servers.

GoDaddy is also providing its CDN users with metrics to see how their sites are performing and will offer suggestions on how they might improve performance even more. Moyer said the company partnered with webpagetest.org as the backend for gauging performance improvements.