Why Shouldn’t You use DropBox As a Free CDN

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I have seen many tutorials explaining the possibilities of using DropBox as a free CDN fro your website. But I have no idea how many of them have implemented it for their own website or blog. Even there is a nice WordPress plugin to use DropBox as a free CDN for your WordPress blog. In this article I will bring out the reasons why you should not use DropBox as a free CDN fro your website.

First of all let us know what does a CDN mean and how does it work, CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. If you use a CDN network on your website then all the request for static files are offloaded to the CDN server thus by reducing your own server load and make the page loading faster. In real CDN servers are located across the geography in different locations and hence when a user requests for any file the file is downloaded from the nearest server to the user.

 

Reasons why you should not use DropBox as CDN:

 

1. Though DropBox is free but it is not a CDN as the DropBox servers are not located at different locations.

2. Most of the organizations block DropBox inside the office network as DropBox is a file hosting and sharing service. Hence if any user tries to access your website inside his/her office network your website look and feel will be screwed up as the static files will not be downloaded.

3. If DropBox service goes down you can not blame any one as it is free of cost service.

 

Conclusion: Hence considering the above points you should not use DropBox as a free CDN for your blog or website, otherwise you will be a sufferer.

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+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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1 Response

  1. lzap says:

    DropBox does use Amazon S3 service which is totally distributed thing.

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