Major blog speed improvements

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

This week I have been spending considerable time trying to speed up the blog. TFB is now using a global CDN (content distribution network) to serve all the images and other static assets (such as CSS and JS).

What this means is that a network of servers throughout the world now each contain a copy of all the images on the blog. When your web browser request an image, it is loaded from the server geographically closest to you. This will really speed things up.

This graph shows which of the blogs CDN servers are being hammered the most.

The downside is that the CDN is going to cost me a king’s ransom each month! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Heath Heath on Apr 16, 2010

    Thanks! It is loading faster for me.

  • Maverick Maverick on Apr 17, 2010

    Have you tried what Cracked does and upload the same images to a different URL while at the same time rewriting the old link to a different image? such as a standard "Stop stealing my bandwidth" ?