What CDN Do I Use? Why Did I Switch Away From BunnyCDN?

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What’s up, everybody, it’s Dave here from Profitable Dot Tools. Now, a while back, I made a video on BunnyCDN Stream, a new video hosting platform from the BunnyCDN folks, really user friendly, really affordable. Great way to host your videos online for your online courses or any other reason that you have to have videos online. Highly recommend checking it out. However, in that video, I mentioned that I am no longer using Bunny as a CDN service for my websites.

Now, first of all, what is the CDN service? Let me get this out of the way very quickly. CDs basically take the files from your website, primarily images, JavaScript and success, and then they store them at points all over the planet. They’ll call them points of presence or popy. Typically the more points of presence, the stronger the CDN is going to be. It’s going to provide security. And it’s also going to you do a little bit of kind of automatic load balancing for you, because people all over the world will be accessing multiple servers to get the biggest files on your website rather than just going right to your main server and kind of bombarding it with requests.

It will make the website actually load faster because the files are going to be closer to the people requesting them. All right. So that’s what a CDN is. Every website that is got a global viewership or even a viewership of just a couple of different countries should be using this idea to keep things fast. So why did I switch from BunnyCDN over to Gumline, which is what I’m currently using now? You might think that’s just an image optimization service.

Hang with me there. I will address that in this video. So basically what I was running into is I was using the Elementor page builder with BunnyCDN and in about twenty nineteen. Now, at this point, I was getting a lot of issues with the CFS file, simply not displaying, not loading at all. When it was cached with Bunnie, I reached out to their support. They acknowledged that they were aware of the issue and they actually recommended that I use a different plugin to load the CDN files.

So not switch sides, but just use a different CDN provider, their plug in in order to get the CDN, the files onto my WordPress website. That solution did not work for me, so I began trying a lot of different CDMs for my own websites, for things like the Profitable Tools website, as well as my main business, which is the client websites that we serve. So the real issue was I can troubleshoot this right. If something goes wrong with one of my websites I know to kind of refresh things, make sure the cache is actually grabbing the file.

Clients really should not need to go through that effort. So I mean, issue with the CDN up until that point with me was always is it fast? Is it the fastest CDN? Well, after that, after I ran into those issues, it became is it reliable? Is it the most reliable CDN? Because if it’s breaking the appearance of your website, it’s of no use how fast the images actually load. Now, I will say that apparently Bunnie has fixed this issue.

They’ve got a post up on their website saying that they are aware of the issue and they added a little checkbox inside of their plugin that if you check that box, it apparently fixes things. I have not even tested that because I’m happy with my current solution. And if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That’s kind of my ethos when it comes to building websites. I want to keep things as simple as possible. So now you might be wondering, you’ve heard of it before and you look at their website, it’s pretty much all focused on images.

Don’t you need a real CDN, something that can also load up your JavaScript and your success? Of course you do. And in fact, Gunlock can do this for you. It’s just not very obvious how it is done. And I want to show you that in this video before I get into that, I want to just cover the fact that there is a little bit of overlap between what Gumline does and what BunnyCDN does, because Bunnie actually has an image optimization service.

Both services do three things right. They provide CDN access. So you get those multiple points of presence all over the globe so that your files will quickly. But if you use Bunny’s optimization service, it will also compress your images, just like Gullit does for you, so that the images load in a shorter amount of time because they’re actually smaller files, small compromised quality, probably not visible to the human eye. But if you’re a photographer, you need like really high quality images.

You might want to, you know, play around with those settings a little bit. The third thing that it’s going to do is allow you to have the images be automatically resized based on the device that is viewing them. Again, photography, some kind of, you know, schematics type of images where that is actually a problem. You wouldn’t want to use that type of. Service, but for most of us, just making regular business websites, those three things, image optimization, you know, compressing the images, resizing them and delivering them via EDD and is really table stakes for having a good website these days.

So getting back to the main point here, Gullit, how do I use it as a full service CDN? Well, let’s go over to the screen and I’ll show you what I do. So here is the gumlu dashboard. And I got to say that this is a really nice user interface. I really enjoy setting up sites, but it only takes, you know, like 90 seconds to get going. So basically, I’m under images, under sources.

I hit ad new and I’m just going to choose I’m using WordPress here. You can see there is a lot of different options. So basically, whatever type of website you’re using, you can probably figure out a way to get it onto Gumnut to serve your images for you. All right. So I’m going to choose WordPress because that’s what I use 90 percent of the time. And we go to the next section here where they want you to enter in your website URL.

Now, for this video, I’m going to be using demo profitable tools and I’m going to choose a gimlet sub domain name WPvivid. A little typo here. That’s kind of embarrassing, right, when it’s on their actual product, sub domain name for it. Right. So this is going to be something like I just call it Demo Peaty and it’s going to be at Gumnut Dot Net. So basically it’ll be demo peaty dotcom. Let dot net. All right.

Let’s create the source here. Now, I really wish on this screen they would actually show you that subdomain you just created or maybe automatically copied your clipboard because you actually have to go back and dig through your image sources to find it in order to fully set up the WordPress plugin here. If I click this button is just going to go to their docs. It’s not going to actually show me the customized information. So I’d love to see Gunlock kind of step that up.

Now, the first thing I’m going to do is go back over to my my website isn’t my WordPress website and see if the demo are profitable, that TutorLMS website. And I’m going to install their gumline plugin. So I’m going to go to add new plug ins. And you I’ll search for Gumnut and I’m going to install and activate this plug. And now this is only going to help me with image optimization, but it will also do the resizing, the compressing, even lazy loading services here.

I would love for Gumnut to build in success and JavaScript right into this plug in, but it’s not right now. They do support it, but it’s not available right now. You want to use this plug in because it will do the resizing, the compression, the lazy loading. So you definitely do want to use this, but we’re actually going to need an additional plug in a little bit later on for everything else. So under settings, I’m going to go over to Gumley and you’ll see a screen that looks like this under gimlets source.

You need to either type in or paste in that subdomain that you created when you set up the source over on the gimlets dashboard. All right. So I’ve pasted mine in here. I’m going to go ahead and leave everything else kind of as it is. So basically under current image domain, that’s going to be the default unless you know that you’ve offloaded your images somewhere else. So for 99 percent of people, they’re just going to be hosting their images right on their server.

Nothing to worry about. They’re just leave that blank lazy load images. That’s up to you. Whether you want to leave that on, it is not compatible with other lazy load plugins. So if you have another service that you’re using for lazy loading right now, make sure you turn that off and just use the gimlet version. Otherwise you will run into issues, the auto compress images. This is for that image optimization. It will make your images smaller.

You’ll lose a small amount of quality, but you can play with that with this selector right here. I find that the default A-T is just fine. It’s a good balance between fast loading websites as well as not really to my eye, changing the look of the images at all. All right. I’m going to go ahead and save this and we’ll move into the next section, which is to actually install an additional plugin that will allow me to use Gumnut for JavaScript and success.

So let’s head back over to plug ins, add new and I’m going to search up here for CDN and I’m going to use the CDN enabler from Key CDN. This is a great plug in, totally free. You don’t have to be using CDN, although that’s a very good CDN service as well. So if you are, you’re probably pretty happy with that. All right. It is more expensive than both Bunnie and Gumline, however. All right, let’s go ahead and activate this.

Then once again, under settings. Now we’re going to go to CDN enabler and in the section at the top here, we’re going to check out the hostname on a piece. This in here, it’s going to be the exact same hostname that I used to set up the Gumley plugin. So just copy and paste whatever you’ve got on Gumline over into the see the end enabler settings. Now, the key part here is that under file extensions, we only want this plug in to be rewriting the paths of success and JavaScript.

So you’re going to type period access and then on another line you’ll type period JS. That will ensure that Gumline is going to serve these file types. All right, let’s go ahead and hit save here. All right. Believe it or not, we’re pretty much done at this point. Let’s check to make sure that everything is working as expected. I’m going to visit the site. And now what I want to do is open up my developer tools.

So I’m using chrome right now. I’m going to go under. I’m right. Click anywhere on the page and go up to inspect here on any browser. They’re going to be some kind of developer tools that they all look very similar. So if you’re not using chrome, just look for anything that says developer tools. What I can do is click over here on sources where I should see you up. Here it is. Demo peaty dot, dot net.

And if I click into this, I will be able to see what content is being shown from the gimlets CDN. So right now I’ve got two folders, WP content and WP includes. We can open these up and kind of start to browse. All right. So there’s a plugins folder here, some different JavaScript. And so like, let’s say Elementor assets, it’s got some success. And I can see that these files are actually being displayed and if I hover over them, I’ll see the path they’re being displayed from Gumline dot net, which is exactly what I want.

Let’s check to make sure that my images are also showing up under uploads and go into a folder here. Here is some images and as I again hover over the filename, I’m going to see the path. Those are again coming from Gumnut Dot Net. So now I can confirm that I’m getting images JavaScript as well as access delivered to my users via the CDN provided by Gunlock. That’s great. That’s exactly what I wanted. All right. So should you switch over to Gumnut?

Is this the end all be all of ends? Well, no, probably not. Like I said at the beginning of the video, if you’re happy, just leave things alone. But there is one little caveat here in that I really like the Bunny Eden’s new streaming platform for video hosting. And if you’re like me, start thinking, well, it sure would be nice to kind of have everything under one roof that we don’t have multiple bills. And I have to jump back and forth between different platforms, whereas this file located where that file located.

So what about moving everything back over to BunnyCDN to take advantage of video hosting? Well, the plot thickens here because Gullit, as I’m going to show you it, has just added a video tab over in my dashboard here. It’s currently in beta. It looks to have very similar features to what Bunnie is offering in terms of it’s got collections, video managers, profiles, analytics. I’ve not used this yet, but if you would like to see me make a video review of just the video hosting component or whatever it is, maybe it’s a video CDN.

I haven’t looked into it at all. If you want to see a video about gimlets, video capabilities, make sure you leave me a comment down below. Everything I’ve discussed in this video will also be in the description. So you’ll feel free to go ahead and check those out if you want to learn more about any of these products or services. Also have a link to the Facebook group there as well. Make sure you hit that subscribe button. Click the notification bell.

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