As your forum grows your members will create more strain on your web server and it’s resources. While a forum is fairly lightweight, your webserver could have trouble keeping up with the demand on it’s resources, especially if you use a shared hosting plan from many of the popular hosting companies. This is where using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) like MetaCDN helps.
To reduce the strain on your webserver and to boost the performance of your forum you can use MeatCDN’s website acceleration services. MetaCDN makes it easy to implement their acceleration services and speed up your forum.
Log in to the MetaCDN portal
Log into the MetaCDN portal at http://www.metacdn.com. You will be taken to the dashboard, which gives you an at-a-glance view of all of your important account activity. On the top right-hand side, click on the blue button labelled ‘Accelerate a site’.
Tell us where your website is
Simply tell us your website origin domain (e.g. mysite.com). Leave out any additional information such as protocol (e.g. http://) or path (e.g. /index.html) or port (e.g. :1234). In CDN terminology, we refer to your website as the origin – we automatically pull your content from your site and store (cache) it across the globe where and when it is needed, taking the stress off your website and ensuring your customers get blazingly fast load speeds every time they visit your website. Give your site a short name (which we will use to create an accelerated url such as mysite.sa.metacdn.com) and a description.
Select your Accelerator level
MetaCDN offers three levels of Site Acceleration – Standard, Advanced and Advanced-S. All levels offer acceleration for your entire website – handling both static (e.g. files) and dynamic (e.g. php, asp, jsp, etc) content. Details of each plan is available here. For forums we recommend the Advanced-S plan.
Confirm your settings and go!
Once you have confirmed your settings, hit the Accelerate button. Your website will be prepared for acceleration, which can take up to 2 hours. Once complete, we will email you an accelerated URL to use throughout your website.
Integrate your accelerated URL into your forum
To integrate your accelerated URL into your forum takes just a few clicks of the mouse and your forum will get the boost you’re looking for.
Copy your accelerated url – mysite.sa.metacdn.com – and paste into the following fields:
For SMF 2.X
Go to ADMIN > CONFIGURATION > CURRENT THEME and paste into the highlighted fields.
For SMF 1.X
Go to ADMIN > CURRENT THEME and paste the accelerated URL into the highlighted fields:
Click SAVE and your SMF forum is now accelerated!