Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies to do something about this. Our goal is to help March of Dimes raise awareness and improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
We know you care, that’s why we’re encouraging our epicFlorists to join the cause and donate! If everyone gives a little, we can accomplish a lot! Anything helps! A $5 donation from our epicFriends can change the lives of infants everywhere! It is a small act of kindness that can change lives!
Please help our team succeed in reaching our goal and donate. Go to our Team Page and click the Donate button.
*this entry was taken from our partner’s blog bigcommerce.com
About the Author
Soren Harner is the Vice President of Engineering here at BigCommerce. He works with our engineers, testers, designers and systems administrators to build the tools, systems and features that power our e-commerce platform. Soren lives in Sydney with his wife and two girls and is a cycling and guitar fanatic.
Our engineering team has been working hard in the background for the last few months to launch our Content Delivery Network (CDN for short), and as of last week the rollout of the Bigcommerce CDN is complete.
What is a Content Delivery Network?
A CDN helps your store load at lightning-fast speeds for all of your shoppers, no matter where they are in the world. So if you’re located in California and sell to shoppers in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK for example, your store will load extremely fast for everyone.
Without getting too technical, here’s how it works. Our CDN basically copies all of the photos and other files (what we call static assets) from your Bigcommerce store to over 20 different data centres (these are known as CDN nodes) around the world. Then, instead of loading these files from our main data centres in Dallas and Seattle, they are loaded from the data centre that is closest to where your shoppers are.
Enough of the technical mumbo jumbo — let’s get to what you care about most: How will a CDN help you sell more?
Faster Page Loads = Better Conversion Rate
You don’t need to understand how it works, but a CDN is so important because page load times are critical to the conversion rate of your Bigcommerce store, which is the percentage of shoppers that turn into paying customers.
The longer a page takes to load, the higher the chance of a shopper “bouncing” — that is, visiting your store once, leaving and never coming back. This chart from our friends at KISSmetrics shows just how important page load times are in relation to bounce rate, or page abandonment:
KISSmetrics have put together an excellent infographic discussing page load times and the effect they have on bounce rate, which you can see here.
How Much Faster is My Store?
The biggest speed gains will be experienced by shoppers who are closer to one of our CDN nodes, which are located in London, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong and Singapore.
How Website Performance Affects Shopping Behavior
You can see from the chart above just how important page load speeds are in reducing page abandonment, and a CDN is one of the best ways to increase page load times; but how does a website’s performance actually affect a shopper’s behavior?
As you can see from the stats above, the performance of a website is absolutely critical in turning shoppers into buyers. The most important metric from the stats above is:
A 1 second delay decreases customer satisfaction by about 16%
Long story short — your online store needs to be lightning quick for shoppers, no matter where they are and a CDN makes that happen.
CDN = Better Search Rankings
Search engines are increasingly factoring page load times into their ranking algorithms, so the Bigcommerce CDN may also help your store rank better in search engines such as Google.
How to See Your Page Load Times
As of last week, you’ll have started to notice your store’s page load time trending down as a result of the Bigcommerce CDN rolling out. Remember, the measurements reported by Google Analytics are an average taken from the shopper’s browser, and the speed gains will heavily depend on where your shoppers are physically located and the quality of their broadband connection.
You need to have Google Analytics enabled on your Bigcommerce store in order to get the Site Speed report. If you haven’t already enabled Google Analytics, it’s easy to do. Just read this article in our knowledge base and follow the steps.
Do I Need to Enable the CDN?
No, there’s nothing you need to do to enable the CDN on your Bigcommerce store. It’s already enabled (as of last week) and is of course absolutely free for all clients on all plans. We hope you enjoy the decrease in page load times and increase in your conversion rate.
The CDN rollout is one of many things we’ll be announcing between now and the end of the year which have been designed to help you sell more, in line with our new tagline. A CDN isn’t something you can “use” per se, but as you can see, it can have a big impact on page load times and conversion rate.
Flower farmers are the coolest farmers in the world. I spent some time with the good people of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers last week at a Northwest regional meet-up. I got to talk to them about an idea I had linking these small/medium sized farms direct to florists.
The response I got wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but am so glad I heard it.Most small farmers do not have the quantity to ship because they’re local florists/markets keep them busy enough. I urge all florists to buy local for five reasons: 1. The cost is better 2. The flowers direct from the farm are fresher and will last longer 3. You have more control/flexibility 4. You know they weren’t sprayed with DDT or other harmful chemicals and 5. When you spend local, the money stays local building a more thriving local economy.
But needless to say, I had a blast talking to small floral farmers and was asked to talk at next years national conference in Seattle on technology specific to the floral industry. Woooohoooo! it’s going to be so cool!
I’m so excited to let you know epicFlowers was mentioned in the CapitalPress, you can see the article HERE.