FlyingCDN Setup for WordPress


01 – Introduction

FlyingCDN is a content delivery network (CDN) created by Gijo Varghese. FlyingCDN currently uses BunnyCDN, along with the BunnyCDN options Bunny Optimizer and Bunny Storage, all for one low monthly price. You can read more about the benefits of using FlyingCDN on the FlyingCDN site. Tom Dupuis, who runs Online Media Masters, also talks a little bit about the benefits of FlyingCDN in his review of BunnyCDN.

02 – Create a New CDN Under FlyingCDN

Log into your FlyingCDN account. Currently, this is accomplished by a special link being sent to the email address you used when you registered. Upon entering your account, you’ll be greeted with a page displaying all of your CDNs, which should be blank.

Click the Create new CDN button. Upon clicking the Create new CDN button, you will be greeted with a Website URL window. Enter the full domain name of the site for which you desire to create a CDN and then click the Create button.

There will be a momentary pause while your new CDN site is created. Once your new CDN site is created, you’ll be returned to the display of all of your CDNs. You should now have a unique CDN URL that you will need to use to enable FlyingCDN on your site.

03 – Add the Unique FlyingCDN Site URL to Your Site

There are a number of ways to the unique FlyingCDN site URL to your WordPress site to enable FlyingCDN. You can use a cache plugin; I use FlyingPress, which is also created by Gijo Varghese. You can use a dedicated CDN plugin like CDN Enabler. You might also use be able to use a code snippets plugin like Code Snippets and add the unique FlyingCDN site URL as a PHP function.

Since I use the FlyingPress cache plugin, I’ll be using that to demonstrate enabling FlyingCDN on a WordPress site.

Access the FlyingPress cache plugin dashboard by clicking the FlyingPress menu entry in the WordPress Admin dashboard left navigation panel.

Under the FlyingPress dashboard, click the CDN option.

In the CDN Settings window, click the Enable CDN checkbox, enter the unique URL that was generated when you created a new CDN under your FlyingCDN account, select the All Files option if not already selected, and then click the Save Changes button.

04 – Verify that FlyingCDN Is Working

It may take an hour or so for all of your files (CSS, Javascript, images, etc.) to point to the FlyingCDN unique URL. After waiting for an hour or so, view the page source of one of the links on your WordPress site, preferrably a link that contains images. Most, if not all, links to fonts, CSS, Javascript, images, etc. should now be pointing to the FlyingCDN unique URL.

Note: Viewing the page source of a link on your WordPress site within the same browser window while logged in under your WordPress Admin account will not show files pointing to the FlyingCDN unique URL. Use a different browser or log out of your WordPress Admin account.

05 – Conclusion

Using FlyingPress and FlyingCDN, I bumped my GTmetrix overall grade from B to A.

GTmetrix score on 08/12/2022 using WP Fastest Cache and Opalstack hosting
GTmetrix score on 05/01/2023 using FlyingPress, FlyingCDN, and Opalstack hosting

A month after implementing FlyingCDN, the bandwidth used on my site was dramatically reduced from a normal monthly rate of over 1 GB to less than 300 MB.

I hope my tutorial has been helpful should you decide to use FlyingCDN on your WordPress site. Leave your comments or questions in the Comment box at the bottom of the page and thank you for visiting.

Post header image courtesy of Jack Moreh on Freerange Stock.


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