At Kinsta, maximizing the performance of our customers’ sites is one of our top priorities. Every part of our hosting stack, from our C2 compute-optimized VMs to our highly tuned software configurations, was selected with performance in mind.
A content delivery network (CDN) is a crucial component of a modern hosting stack, and we’re proud to offer Kinsta CDN –a premium CDN powered by Cloudflare – at no additional cost. In this article, you’ll learn more about Kinsta CDN and how to enable it for your WordPress site.
Our free Cloudflare integration secures all sites hosted on Kinsta. In addition to an enterprise-level firewall and DDoS protection, Kinsta customers also have access to a high-performance HTTP/3 CDN powered by Cloudflare’s robust global network.
The new Kinsta CDN uses your site’s domain name. If you switch to the new Kinsta CDN and your site has a CDN URL in theme or plugin settings, or hard-coded CDN URLs in files, you’ll need to remove those or replace them with your site’s URL if needed.
For new sites, no additional steps are required.
How Fast Is Kinsta CDN?
To test the performance of the new Kinsta CDN, we ran a series of benchmark tests from 10 locations around the world. For this test, we used a WordPress blog with a custom theme and a variety of text and graphical content hosted in Google Cloud’s data center in Iowa, USA. In total, the page we tested made over 30 static asset requests (JS, CSS, images, fonts, etc.) and weighed in at 3.2 MB. Lastly, we measured the full page load time three times per location and calculated the average time in each location.
During our performance benchmark tests, we found that enabling Kinsta CDN resulted in up to a 44% reduction in page load time. In the table below, you can see the before vs after results compared for different locations.
Keep in mind that locations that are in close proximity to the origin server we used to run our tests (Iowa, USA) may not see a performance boost with Kinsta CDN.
|Location||No CDN (seconds)||Kinsta CDN (seconds)||Percent Diff|
With a network that spans almost 200 locations in more than 100 countries, Cloudflare operates one of the largest CDN networks in the world. Comparatively, other popular CDN providers like KeyCDN, Bunny CDN, and StackPath have less than 60 points-of-presence (PoPs).
This means that by enabling Kinsta CDN, your WordPress site will be able to serve static assets from many more locations across the world without the need to pay for additional services!
Advantages of Kinsta CDN
By leveraging Cloudflare’s network, Kinsta CDN offers a number of advantages over traditional CDN providers. Let’s go over a few of Kinsta CDN’s biggest advantages:
Kinsta CDN comes with native support for HTTP/3, the latest revision of the HTTP protocol. Compared to HTTP/2, HTTP/3 offers faster 0-RTT handshakes, SSL encryption requirements, better performance, and more.
Now that major web browsers like Chrome and Firefox have added HTTP/3 support, it’s important for CDN providers to start supporting it as well. At this time, Kinsta CDN is one of the few CDNs that support HTTP/3. With that said, you don’t have to worry if your visitors’ browsers don’t support HTTP/3 yet, as Kinsta CDN will automatically fall back to HTTP/2 when necessary.
Primary Domain Support
Cloudflare is a reverse proxy service, which means you won’t need a secondary domain just to take advantage of its various features. Thanks to Kinsta CDN, your site’s cached assets can be served from your primary domain instead of a secondary CDN domain.
While Google claims there is no SEO benefit to serving images from your primary domain, there are still a few advantages to not having to rely on a secondary CDN domain. For example, if you share an image URL that uses a secondary CDN domain, it may return an HTTP 404 error if you switch your CDN provider in the future. By caching and serving static assets via your primary domain, you won’t have to worry about this problem.
Lastly, being able to serve assets from the primary domain without dealing with URL rewrites for a secondary domain also improves compatibility with WordPress multisite.
How to Enable Kinsta CDN
To enable Kinsta CDN, log in to MyKinsta, go to Sites > Your Site > Kinsta CDN, and click Enable Kinsta CDN.
Next, confirm this change by clicking on the Enable Kinsta CDN in the pop-up/modal window.
How to Disable (or Purge) Kinsta CDN
After Kinsta CDN has been enabled, a green checkmark beside Enabled indicates that Kinsta CDN is now live! On this page, there are now two buttons –Disable and Clear CDN Cache.
- Disable: click this button to disable Kinsta CDN.
- Clear CDN Cache: click this button to flush the CDN cache. Clearing the CDN cache is a good first troubleshooting step if you see discrepancies on the frontend of your site. For example, if you make some changes to your CSS but don’t see the changes on the frontend, the old CSS file may be cached. Clearing the CDN cache would be one of the first things to try in your troubleshooting process.
Testing Kinsta CDN
Since Kinsta CDN doesn’t use a secondary CDN domain, you can’t verify that the CDN is working by inspecting the URL of your static files, but you can test it with a website speed test tool.
Before you proceed with speed tests, we recommend inspecting the HTTP headers of a static asset to confirm it is loading from Kinsta CDN. There are two ways to check HTTP headers – web browser and Terminal.
How to Check Kinsta CDN With a Web Browser
You can use your web browser’s built-in developer tools to check whether Kinsta CDN is working. For this example, we’ll use Google Chrome to inspect HTTP headers for a static asset. To launch the Chrome developer tools, right-click on the page and click Inspect.
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Next, click on the Network tab and reload the page. As the page loads, you’ll see a list of the page’s static assets on the left-hand side of the developer tools window. To verify that Kinsta CDN is working correctly, click on any static asset (CSS, JS, image file, or web font) that loads from your domain.
In the Headers tab, scroll down until you see the Response Headers. In this section, there should be a
cf-cache-status header with a value of
HIT. If you see a different value such as
DYNAMIC, try to refresh the page a few times to prime the CDN cache.
How to Check Kinsta CDN in Terminal
If you’re familiar with using Terminal (command line), you can also check HTTP headers with the
curl command. First, you’ll need to find the URL of a static asset on your site. To do this, right-click on an image on your site, and copy the URL.
Next, use the command below and substitute the URL at the end of the command with your asset URL.
curl -L -s -o /dev/null -D - https://kinstacdn.kinstalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/post-one.jpg
After running this command, you should get a response like this:
If Kinsta CDN is enabled, there should be a
HIT value next to the
cf-cache-status header. If you see
MISS instead of
HIT, try to run the command a few more times to prime the CDN cache. You should also see the
ki-cache-tag header in the response, which indicates the asset is being served by our Kinsta CDN.
Here are some important notes regarding the Kinsta CDN integration.
- If you’re using a third-party CDN, we recommend disabling it before enabling Kinsta CDN. Using multiple CDN services for a single site can cause asset purging issues.
- If you use your own Cloudflare account alongside Kinsta’s Cloudflare integration, your caching and optimization settings will override Kinsta’s settings.
- The maximum cacheable file size is 5 GB.
- Static assets are not automatically served over HTTPS. To ensure all assets are served over HTTPS, enable Force HTTPS in MyKinsta.
Kinsta CDN is a high-performance CDN available to all Kinsta customers at no additional cost. It’s powered by our free Cloudflare integration and automatically serves your content from over 200 PoPs across the globe. If you have any questions about Kinsta CDN, feel free to reach out to our 24/7 support team for further assistance!
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