If you are in the field of SEO and internet marketing, then you know how important a site’s speed is.
But those days are gone when you had to pay a lot for CDN services to improve your site’s load times.
CDN used to be a premium service that only some could afford.
But now, BunnyCDN has made it possible to make your site load up to 10X faster in a budget.
I recently started using BunnyCDN on DigitalKube, and I’m just stunned with the performance improvement.
Site loads crazy fast across the globe as compared to before.
I know it is not the fastest on the web, but it is the fastest my site has ever been, considering its size.
Even I recommend BunnyCDN as one of the essential WordPress utilities to have when you start a blog.
According to CDNPerf, BunnyCDN comes in the top 10 positions in the list of fastest CDN networks, even above global leaders like StackPath and KeyCDN.
Before we get into this review, let’s know a little bit about CDN and BunnyCDN.
What is CDN, and why you need it?
CDN (Content Delivery Network) helps to speed up your sites and online applications. How?
We all have our sites hosted in one place, right? We call that place our data center.
Suppose your site is hosted in New York, and two people visit your site, one from Nepal and one from New Jersey.
Will the load time be the same in both cases?
No, it won’t be the same. Why?
Because when you enter a site’s address in your browser, the browser sends a request to your hosting server.
The hosting server then sends your site to your browser. This process will take longer if you are far away from the hosting server or data center.
There are many factors behind this like TTFB, waiting time, DNS resolution time, DOM load time, etc.
That’s why if your datacenter is New York, then technically, your site will load much faster in New Jersey as compared to Nepal.
But, a CDN makes it possible to load your site fast across the globe.
CDN creates a cached copy of your site across its multiple data centers. So, in case someone visits your site from Singapore, then instead of loading your site from your data center, CDN pushes the cached copy from their nearest data center.
In the above illustration, you can see that the site without CDN is hosted from a single datacenter across the globe. In contrast, the site with CDN is being hosted by multiple CDN PoPs.
Now this kind of arrangement will result in the following:
- Faster load times
- Less stress on your hosting server
- Less bandwidth consumption of your host
- Improved security
I hope now you know what CDN is and why you need it. Let’s know about the star of today’s review now.
BunnyCDN is a Slovenia based CDN service provider that was founded by Dejan Grofelnik Pelzel in October 2015.
Their platform is developed by a skilled and passionate team of veterans in the business.
Their 10+ years of experience helped them to build a robust CDN network that doesn’t cost you a fortune.
Now, before discussing anything else, below, I’m sharing the practical result of implementing BunnyCDN on my blog.
BunnyCDN Performance Review
After I started using BunnyCDN, my site’s performance got an improvement of ~44%.
I ran my tests using Pingdom from two locations:
- North America – USA – Washington D.C (closest to my datacenter)
- Asia – Japan – Tokyo (farthest from my datacenter)
Things to note:
- My site is hosting on a Cloudways DigitalOcean server in New York
- In all my tests, I’m using the WP Rocket plugin for minification and integrating BunnyCDN
- WP Rocket’s configuration is the same in all my tests
- I ran tests on site’s home and Black Friday deals page because it is very long and has tons of images
Let’s have a look at the tests:
Test #1: North America – USA – Washington D.C
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As you can see, there is not a huge improvement in the homepage loading time after adding CDN.
That makes sense since the location I chose for the test is already very near to my datacenter.
But in the case of a long post, the CDN managed to reduce page size by 300KB and requests by 5.
That resulted in a performance improvement of about 22%.
Test #2: Asia – Japan – Tokyo
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When tested from the Tokyo server of Pingdom, the performance of the homepage was improved by about 30%.
There was a strange increase in the page size, though.
I guess the Brotli compression was not implemented properly since the propagation of data across the PoPs in a CDN network takes some time.
But what amazed me the most is that there was a performance improvement of 44% for the long Black Friday post.
Also, if TTFB (time to first byte) matters a lot for you, have a look at my site’s global TTFB after using BunnyCDN:
I hope you have got the idea of how good BunnyCDN’s performance is.
BunnyCDN Key Features
- 41 global data centers across 6 continents
- HTTP/2, IPv6, Brotli, GZip
- 99.99% uptime
- Free one-click Let’s Encrypt SSL
- Edge rules
- Raw logs
- Custom CNAME hostnames
- Override expire headers
- Video delivery
- Instant cache purging
- Cloud storage
- Wildcard domains
- One-click CORS headers
- Hotlinking protection
- IP blacklisting
- Block users by country
- Origin shield
- Intelligent routing
- 95%+ cache HIT rate
- Anycast DNS
- Tier 1 networks
- < 40ms global latency
- Realtime statistics
BunnyCDN Data Centers
BunnyCDN has the most advanced CDN network that is distributed across 49 PoPs (as of January 2021) around the world. Due to that, their latency can go even below 30ms.
BunnyCDN has a ‘pay as you go’ pricing model. That means there is no fixed price. However, there is a monthly minimum amount of $1, which is very cheap as compared to other CDN networks.
The minimum recharge amount is $10 per year and the credits are valid for 12 months. The good thing is that your credits don’t expire if you recharge your account once a year. The credits just add on to the new recharge balance.
I fell in love with their support! The process to enable and integrate CDN took less than 5 minutes.
Then Cloudways’ Varnish was causing troubles with the CDN. I wasn’t aware of that. I thought it is BunnyCDN’s fault.
I opened a ticket and got a response within 3 minutes. It is crazy!
BunnyCDN promises a < 24 hours response time:
So, I wasn’t expecting any response for at least a few hours.
But as the email notification popped up within 3 minutes that my ticket has been updated, I was totally amazed.
Not only that, they patiently handled the situation and fixed the issue. It was my server-side issue. Still, I was blaming their CDN network.
In no time, their team suggested a few fixes, and the site started to rock again!
BunnyCDN WordPress Setup
Setting up BunnyCDN with your WordPress site hardly takes 2 minutes.
Simply install the official BunnyCDN WordPress plugin. Then add the Pull Zone Name and click Enable BunnyCDN.
It is that simple!
If you want to check out the complete BunnyCDN setup process, then here you go: set up BunnyCDN with WordPress using WP Rocket with recommended settings.
BunnyCDN storage allows you to upload, host, and deliver your files directly from BunnyCDN.
They have a dedicated managed cloud platform that is integrated into the CDN.
So, you don’t need to worry about the storage and delivery of your content.
Note: You don’t need a storage zone if your files are already hosted on your web hosting server.
BunnyCDN Storage costs $0.01/GB per month.
BunnyCDN offers this awesome feature called Bunny Optimizer. It dynamically converts and serves images into WebP format. The images get automatically optimized for desktop and mobile devices.
Bunny Optimizer allows on the fly image manipulation such as resizing, cropping, and color correction using query parameters.
Bunny Optimizer costs $9.50/month.
BunnyCDN Affiliate Program
People ask a lot about the BunnyCDN affiliate program. This question has been asked many times in many different forums.
I had a word about it with the BunnyCDN founder, and here is what he said:
So, what’s the takeaway? There is no fixed timeline when their affiliate program will go live. If ever the Slovenian taxation laws for affiliation change, then hopefully, we can expect a BunnyCDN affiliate program.
In the meantime, you can make use of their referral program to earn free BunnyCDN credits. Simply go to Billing » Earn Credits and grab your unique referral link from there to promote.
BunnyCDN vs Cloudflare vs KeyCDN vs BelugaCDN
|No. of data centers||49||190+||34||25+|
|Support dynamic WebP delivery||Yes||No||Yes||No|
resizing & WebP conversion
|Yes ($9.5/month)||Yes ($20/month)||No||No|
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After running various tests on multiple sites for several weeks, my review of BunnyCDN is that it is the fastest CDN available in the market that won’t cost you a fortune.
It will make your site hopping fast, that is for sure. With Brotli compression enabled 40+ global PoPs, BunnyCDN is hands down the fastest, yet affordable CDN network.
Cloudflare offers free CDN services. Even I’ve previously shared how you can lower down TTFB using Cloudflare.
Cloudflare has some cons as compared to BunnyCDN that I will share in a different article.
For now, if you are a blogger or internet marketer who is looking for a CDN provider that won’t bankrupt you, then look no more, go for BunnyCDN!
If you are already using BunnyCDN, then share your experience below. Or if you have any doubts about BunnyCDN, then feel free to ask them in the comments section.
Below are some BunnyCDN Frequently Asked Questions to answer all your queries:
2 thoughts on “BunnyCDN Review (Mar, 2023): Breathtaking Performance That Won’t Cost You A Fortune”
Hey Ritesh, what a great article. I stumbled across BunnyCDN a few years ago after searching for an affordable CDN service that wasn’t going to cost me $40.. let alone $10 a month… and BunnyCDN’s pricing was reasonable and completely on point with a pay-as-you-go service with a minimum charge of $10 a year which was no big deal.
I do have to update some information on your end:
1) BunnyCDN does cost $1 minimum per month but will require you to recharge your account at least once a year. Doing so will add on to any remaining credits you already have, while ignoring the warnings that BunnyCDN emails you will result in the loss of all your credits on your account. Still very affordable and understand to ensure you are an active user.
2) As of 2021, BunnyCDN DOES now have an affiliate program that you can find under BILLING -> Earn Credits ( https://bunnycdn.com/dashboard/billing#config-content-referrals ). I’m not sure if this is for the USA only or not.
Speaking with Dejan, he and the Bunnies are very passionate about ensuring a top quality CDN service, complete with speed, caching, backups, and even image manipulation. With WebP Compression, Manipulation Engine, Minify JS & CSS, Automatic Image Optimization, the ability to add watermarks on images, and more, the BunnyCDN Optimizer tool comes with just about everything you’d need for an image service.
BunnyCDN is also constantly adding new and improved services to ensure caching is prominent on all of its servers throughout the world. Connecting is quite easy and considering BunnyCDN has its own unlimited SSD storage with pullzone capabilities, you’ll never need to use another CDN service again.
A big bonus is the fact that it is, indeed, outside of the United States. While this may not seem like a huge deal, for those living in the United States, your data is out of jurisdiction. Not to say that you have any information to hide, but its just nice to know that no matter what happens, BunnyCDN is GDPR compliant and your content will be harder to remove.
And adding yet another one of the many great things about BunnyCDN, I worked on a collaboration project to build BunnyAPI, a service that compliments BunnyCDN, which can be found at https://bunnyapi.com. BunnyAPI is a third-party service that makes it easier to build your own CDN with BunnyCDN and incorporate it with any web application. BunnyAPI improves upon the existing BunnyCDN WordPress plugin with its own separate WordPress plugin, which can be used with the BunnyCDN plugin, to add the functionality of being able to connect your WordPress website’s media library to the BunnyCDN media library and vice versa.
As a user of BunnyCDN for over 2 years now, this was a great honest review that encapsulates the power, magic, and mystique of BunnyCDN. While I’ve also used DreamObjects from DreamHost for its storage, which is great, BunnyCDN does offer a lot more. I’ve also had experience with Cloudflare which I recommend as well, though BunnyCDN and Cloudflare can only be compared in certain areas.
If you’re looking for AFFORDABILITY, POWER, STORAGE, GLOBAL CDN service, and FRIENDLY CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT, I HIGHLY recommend BunnyCDN. This is NOT a paid comment and I DO NOT WORK for BunnyCDN. I’m just an active user who loves BunnyCDN and creates web apps that utilize BunnyCDN.
Hello Matt. Thanks for your insightful comment. I’ve updated the article with the information you shared. Also, thanks for sharing the product you’ve created. I hope BunnyCDN users will find it useful and resourceful.