FlyingCDN Overview (A Solid CDN From FlyingPress)

FlyingCDN is an automated content delivery network service from FlyingWeb Solutions. You can see the quick rundown in this review.
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FlyingCDN is an automated CDN service from FlyingPress (Gijo Varghese). This CDN isn’t just for WordPress; it supports most CMSs and frameworks. Also, it is not an independent service since it operates on the BunnyCDN network (a popular content delivery network provider). So, FlyingCDN is a better option than BunnyCDN, so why should you choose it?

FlyingCDN has moved to Cloudflare Enterprise; we will update this post as soon as we find out exactly what has changed.

Let’s weigh up the pros and cons. With this CDN, you can get multiple advantages over Bunny because BunnyCDN requires attentive setup before use. Also, Bunny’s other service, like Optimizer, is paid, costing $9.5/month per site. But you get all that, plus Perma Cache, at a precise price with FCDN.

If you wish to use Bunny with all those features, you’ll have to pay a minimum of $15 for each 100GB. FCDN, however, costs only $3 per 100 GB per site.

FlyingCDN caches users’ website content on multiple servers so visitors can access content quickly. In addition, F-CDN includes auto-optimization and smart caching that speed up loading times, even during heavy traffic.

Plus, you don’t have to change your NS or update your DNS. And it is perfectly fine to use FC along with Cloudflare since Cloudflare is actually a proxy service instead of a content delivery network, and they’re both compatible.

I don’t plan to go into a full explanation of the meaning of CDN or anything about the process of CDN at the end of this article. I just gave you a brief overview of FlyingCDN. You should also use a good web host with any CDN service because using a fine CDN isn’t helpful if the web host is unreliable. Also, this CDN service works with any kind of host, even LiteSpeed Hosting.

Features & Highlights

  • CDN: A CDN service’s primary function is delivering content from its edge locations to the end-users, and F-CDN accomplishes this well with over 120 edge locations. And with other optimization features.
  • Image optimization: Bunny Optimizer pre-setups with it, so it has some stunning image optimizations like WebP conversion (automatically convert images to WebP without URL changes), adaptive images (the right image size for the suitable device), and compression (compressing images without quality loss to make them smaller).
  • Assets Minification: This is another excellent feature thanks to Bunny Optimizer, built to optimize CSS and JavaScript and offers automated optimization to speed up websites at the edge servers.
  • Security features: You get free SSL and DDoS protection to protect your site and visitors’ data. And it comes with SEO headers that show the source of your content, which helps SEO.
  • Perma Cache: This keeps a copy of your website’s cache for a high cache hit rate. Also, it helps replicate your files faster in different places worldwide. Make it easier for your visitors to catch up.

It can access all Bunny Edge locations and supports browser caching as well. Plus, it has other content delivery network features, but you can’t activate or disable them. It’s something I’m nervous about.

The suitable way to integrate Flying CDN with WordPress

You can easily integrate this CDN service into any kind of website since you just need to create and enter the URL. There’s no need to change DNS or update anything.

With WordPress, users can easily combine any content delivery network with a cache plugin, and most cache plugins have integrated CDN sections. If you’re already using FlyingPress, enable CDN and set the URL.

integrate FlyingCDN with WordPress

Cons

Of course, FCDN has some cons, too:

  • Can’t use custom CDN URLs: the biggest downside I see with FlyingCDN. There’s no way to make your hostname look like cdn.example.com. Also, the URL isn’t appealing; for example, you will most often receive something like this: “00adtydcc.flyingcdn.com.”
  • Not customizable: FCDN doesn’t let you customize anything. While it may be fine for average users, it can be problematic for advanced users.
  • No full-page cache: Bunny doesn’t support caching whole pages, aka caching HTML at the edge. As a result, Bunny and FCDN TTFB aren’t impressive. They use PermaCache (GEO Replication) instead of FPC. I’d recommend you use Cloudflare APO with both CDNs.
  • Limited details: FCDN’s dashboard provides only a few details compared to other CDN dashboards. The view isn’t inspiring; users will just see credit balance and bandwidth usage.
  • No way to activate or deactivate features: It’s a little nervous because you can’t activate or remove any settings. The user doesn’t know what features are activated.

FlyingCDN vs BunnyCDN vs Cloudflare Pro

FlyingCDNBunnyCDNCloudflare Pro
PriceFrom $3/MMinimum $1/M$25/M
Full-page cacheN/AN/AAPO
Optimizing imagesAvailablePaidPolish/Mirage
Points of Presence120+120+250+
Access all locations
Simple configs
Automatic process
Customizable
DashboardMinimalExtensiveIn-depth
Cache hit rateVery highHighAverage

As you can see from this comparison, FlyingCDN has lots of pros. Nevertheless, if your website is built on WordPress, you should use this CDN with Cloudflare APO. The reason is that Flying and Bunny still do not support HTML (full page) caching; as a result, the worldwide Time to First Byte isn’t perfect.

Price Comparison

There are no hidden costs with FCDN, and the prices are affordable compared to similar services like KeyCDN, RocketCDN, and even Bunny. It’s $3 per 100 GB of bandwidth per site. This fee covers optimizations, which is excellent.

Web hosting companies usually have tools that let you track how much bandwidth you’re using. I think small to medium-sized sites typically don’t use more than 100GB of bandwidth per month.

For example, FC is more affordable than KeyCDN because using KCDN for a website with 1 TB bandwidth will cost almost $50 monthly. And the minimum usage fee is $4, with a minimum payment of $49. But FCDN costs $30 monthly for a site using 1 TB bandwidth, so it’s a pretty cheap option. Additionally, each site is subject to a minimum charge of $3 a month, regardless of usage.

The best part is that Bunny Optimizer comes free with FC, but the cost per website is $9.5 if someone purchases it directly from BCDN.

So, this is a good choice if you want to use it instead of Bunny for any website. I wouldn’t recommend this option if you like to keep things in your way.

In Conclusion

  • FlyingCDN is a solid choice for average users who like things automated without manual configuration.
  • All you have to do is create a CDN URL and add it to your platform.
  • However, it may not be ideal for advanced users and DEV because it cannot be customized. 

This content delivery network is not a suitable solution for techies who want to change how things work to suit their needs.

But it’s a hassle-free CDN and optimization service that won’t add issues to your site, even with optimization features. The adaptive image feature might not work on some websites, but the rest worked fine in my tests.

Hence, it works regardless of the website type, whether static or dynamic, and the traffic level it receives. However, the final decision rests with you. Just test it out to see if you like it or not.

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Madushan Bandara
Madushan Bandara

I'm Madushan, a WordPress developer, and it has been over a decade since I became an online entrepreneur. On this website, I write about WordPress, web hosting, web tools, and digital marketing: Get to Know Me

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