FlyingCDN Overview (A Solid CDN From FlyingPress)

FlyingCDN (powered by Cloudflare Enterprise) is an automated content delivery network from FlyingPress. This review provides a quick overview.
Share With Friends

FlyingCDN is an automated CDN service from FlyingPress (Gijo Varghese). It is not an independent service since it operates on Cloudflare Enterprise.

Is FlyingCDN a better option than other WordPress CDN providers? Why should you choose it? Let’s figure it out.

This CDN offers multiple advantages over a typical CDN or even Cloudflare’s free or premium plans. It previously operated under BunnyCDN, but it recently switched to Cloudflare Enterprise.

Most users will definitely find this a good thing because, compared with Bunny, you will have the option to get a lot of extra features and more points of presence.

Flying CDN slogans
Slogans

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

I don’t plan to explain the meaning of CDN or the process of CDN at the end of this article. Instead, I will give you a brief overview of Flying CDN.

When considering a CDN service, selecting a reliable web host is crucial. FlyingCDN is fully compatible with a range of hosts, including the widely used LiteSpeed Hosting, so you can be confident in its versatility.

Features & Highlights

  • CDN: A CDN service’s primary function is delivering content to end-users, and F-CDN accomplishes this well with over 310 edge locations (120+ countries). With other optimization features. Cloudflare isn’t a traditional CDN service but works well, even behind proxies.
  • Full Page Caching: In my opinion, this is one of the most significant features that every website wants. This is because most CDNs do not support HTML caching, and with FCDN+C-Enterprise, you can get the fastest TTFB under 100 ms. If a website is fast, it’s got the fastest TTFB.
  • Image optimization: Cloudflare polishes image optimization pre-setups with it, so it has some image optimizations like WebP conversion (automatically converting images without URL changes), adaptive images (the right image size for the suitable device), and compression (compressing images without quality loss to make them smaller).
  • Security features: Cloudflare is known for its website security, so Enterprise offers exceptional security features. Your website won’t need security plugins or other services.
  • WooCommerce-ready: This makes browsing faster by caching pages, even with shopping cart items. Your static content is still cached, but the origin host will handle critical dynamic requests.
  • Adapt to traffic spikes: Cache-hit ratio optimization helps avoid extra scripts and queries for better page speed. It also reduces server load and easily handles traffic spikes. Flying CDN POPs are up to the task, no matter what you’re building.

With one of the largest and fastest EDGE networks, Cloudflare is regularly rated among the fastest CDNs. It’s probably the most powerful WordPress CDN out there. Has robust security features like firewalls, DDoS protection, Wildcard SSL, bot management, etc.

Users get extra features like APO, better routing, Argo, dynamic caching, load balancing, and polish image optimization with Enterprise+FlyingCDN.

Edge Page Caching, AKA Full Page Caching

You’ll also benefit from Argo if you have an online store or dynamic content. With full-page caching, users will get faster TTFB for their websites.

Cloudflare caches HTML, so you’ll see a huge difference when you test your site with tools like KeyCDN and Speedvitals. This is an example of my website’s Time to First Byte after integrating FlyingCDN.

KeyCDN’s Time to First Byte performance test
Test of KeyCDN’s Time to First Byte
Speedvitals.com Time to First Byte results
Speedvitals Time to First Byte results

You will most likely see your site’s Time to First Byte worldwide stay below 100 milliseconds when you use full-page caching.

This works with Cloudflare APO and integrates with other features, such as Argo Smart Routing, Tiered Caching, Device Caching, etc. You can also speed things up with a caching plugin.

TTFB indicates the time when the browser receives its first byte of data from a server. Users enjoy a better experience when the TTFB is low because the page loads instantly. However, a high Time to First Byte means being stuck on an empty screen waiting for the server to respond. There’s a significant indirect impact on Web Vitals when TTFB’s high.

How to integrate Flying CDN with WordPress?

You can only access the Flying-CDN if you’re a FlyingPress cache plugin customer to get better performance.

I don’t see another way to integrate this service since FlyingPress requires an API key. Also, users need to update DNS records, but that’s a minute thing.

Setting up FlyingPress' CDN

Verify Flying CDN Works

With the KeyCDN HTTP Header Checker tool, you can ensure Flying CDN works on your site. Check the site URL, and you’ll see this:

FlyingCDN's performance with KeyCDN Test
x-flying-press-cache: HIT
cf-cache-status: HIT
cdn: FlyingCDN
flyingcdn-cache: HIT
server: cloudflare

If all cache-status are HIT, everything is fine.

Cons

Of course, FCDN has some cons, too:

  • Can’t use custom CDN URLs: There’s no way to make your hostname look like cdn.example.com. Since Cloudflare isn’t a CDN like a normal one, your website URLs will not be affected because it acts as a proxy.
  • Not customizable: UFCDN does not allow users to customize anything, which may be okay for average users but can be a problem for advanced users.
  • Limited details: Its dashboard provides only a few details compared to other CDN dashboards. The view isn’t inspiring; users will just see credit balance, bandwidth usage, and integration details.
  • Features unactivable: Users cannot discover which features are enabled, but it is fine if you are aware of Cloudflare Enterprise.
  • Only for FlyingPress users: This is a significant limitation since it is still available only to users of the FlyingPress cache plugin.

FlyingCDN vs BunnyCDN vs Cloudflare Pro

FlyingCDNBunnyCDNCloudflare Pro
PriceStart $5/MMinimum $1/M$25/M
Full-page cacheYesN/AAPO
Optimizing imagesYesPaidPolish/Mirage
Points of Presence300+120+250+
Access all locations
Simple configs
Automatic process
Customizable
DashboardMinimalExtensiveIn-depth
Cache hit ratioVery highHighAverage

Price Comparison

If you buy Cloudflare Enterprise directly, you’ll pay thousands of dollars. But FCDN has no hidden costs, and the prices are affordable compared to Cloudflare Pro/Business, KeyCDN, Rocket, and even Bunny. It’s $5 per 100 GB of bandwidth per site.

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. However, FCDN costs $50 monthly for a site with 1 TB bandwidth, so it’s a cheap option. It also has plenty of enterprise optimizations and security features.

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. However, I don’t think you can buy Enterprise CDN service at this price.

In Conclusion

  • Flying CDN is a solid choice for average users who like things automated without manual configuration.
  • You have to be a FlyingPress user to use it.
  • Add the domain, point it to the DNS record, and you’re done.
  • Due to the lack of customization, FCDN might not be ideal for advanced users. 

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. Also works on WordPress documentation websites.

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.

Read More: Copy content from a restricted website

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *