QUIC.cloud is a content delivery network (CDN) brought to you by Litespeed Technologies. They are the folks behind the Litespeed Technologies. In this post, I will share my first impressions with this service, which is currently in Beta.
What is QUIC.Cloud?
Litespeed is a popular web server amongst web hosting companies. The Litespeed cache plugin for WordPressss is also well renowned. In particular, Litespeed is known to improve speeds for WordPress sites. Many shared hosting companies as well as cloud hosting providers offer Litespeed server based hosting.
The folks form this company have released QUIC.cloud, a Content Delivery Network which is currently in beta. I learnt about this CDN on Facebookok group for web hosting, and thought of giving it a try.
I anticipate that Litespeed cache for wordpress and QUIC.cloud CDN could make a big difference in speed. I will publish results of page load testing and performance in a later post.
First Steps: Signing up with QUIC.Cloud
- Note that this is not your ‘typical’ CDN. By that I mean you have to bear certain things in mind.
- This CDN will only work on WordPress, and by default you have to use the LiteSpeed Cache plugin.
- The CDN will work better on a server that runs on LiteSpeed servers (open source or Enterprise).
The pricing plans and the tiers are also structured to incentivize the LiteSpeed user. Hosts that use Nginx (such as the server this blog runs on), Apache or other servers will get limited benefits from this service.
They also offer a Pay-As-You-Go model. Finally, you may add credits to your account by paying money. Or, by writing posts, technical articles, or spreading the word about QUIC.cloud.
Setting up the CDN: Litespeed cache for WordPress and QUIC.Cloud
This involves a three four step process.
a. Create account on QUIC.cloud
b. Add the LiteSpeed Cache plugin on your WordPress site. You may skip this step if you already have the LiteSpeed cache plugin installed.
c. Send a request through the Litespeed Cache to connect the domain via a domain key. The below image shows how to connect the website to the CDN.
d. Sign in to your QUIC.cloud account to ‘connect’ your WordPress site to the CDN.
Configuring your WordPress site with CDN
Configuring your WordPress website with CDN is a relatively easy process.
You can optimize up to 200 images at a time. There are multiple tabs that let you set the degree of optimization (lossless versus glossy).
Adding the DNS Entries for CDN
I tested this CDN on baalgatha.com, which is the website for the flagship podcast by gaatha story. This website is not optimized yet for speed or images. The initial scores on google pagespeed insights and gtmetrix were quite poor. In the coming days, I will test out the CDN further and update on the efficacy, the speed and better performance for that website.
Settings for CDN
- Frequently Asked Questions about quic.cloud
- Knowledgebase on quic.cloud website
- Configure Quic.cloud with Cloudflare
Note on my blog posts on CDNs
Under the planned “series” of posts in the month of October, I was going to cover content delivery networks. This post fits in well with that trend.
The posts I plan to write in December will include BunnyCDN, Cloudinary, Gumlet, and BalzingCDN.
Time permitting, I will attempt to include two more sources: Fast.io and Aravan Cloud.