As many users may have noticed, we went live with the new kent.edu website in May of 2014. However, what many of you don’t know is we started using a new software to monitor the user experience of the new website.
Right away the new software noticed something - the website loading speeds were not as fast as we wanted them, they were not up to our standards for user experience. To fix this, we found a way to deliver content to users more quickly.
Here was the problem
Our old system servers were located in Virginia. From that location, the content had to be loaded and delivered to the location of the user. This was causing the load time to slow down considerably in countries like India and China, where the content had to be delivered around the globe.
These were the global load times with the old CDN:
Our solution to this problem was to change to a new system (AWSCDN) that has servers all over the world. This allows larger content of the website, like pictures, etc. to be loaded and sent to users from a server nearest to them.
What do we have to do?
“That’s the beauty of it,” explained Sameer Jaleel, “It takes care of everything.” The new Content Delivery Network (CDN) knows where a user is. With this information, it picks the closest server to the user and delivers the content to them. This increases the speed in which the website loads which, in turn, increases user experience.
Take a look for yourselves at the global load times with the new CDN: