Which CDN to use

Hey all,

I’ve been meaning to try the new CDN digitalocean has introduced however I’m torn between using that or going for Cloudlfare.

What would you recommend?

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Either would be a good option however I would recommend you to consider a few things and then taking a decision.

Not that you can’t change it afterwards, it’s quite straightforward.

1. Performance

  • Cloudflare: Boasts a vast network of data centers around the world (200+ cities), which generally ensures low latency and high reliability for global content delivery.
  • DigitalOcean: While newer in the CDN space compared to Cloudflare, DigitalOcean’s CDN (Spaces CDN) integrates with its cloud storage service (Spaces) and leverages its data centers. It has fewer points of presence compared to Cloudflare, but if your audience is primarily in locations where DigitalOcean has strong network performance, it might be very effective.

2. Features

  • Cloudflare:
    • DDoS protection: Cloudflare is well-known for robust DDoS mitigation capabilities.
    • SSL/TLS: Automatic HTTPS rewrites and free SSL certificates.
    • Customization: Offers a wide range of settings for caching strategies, page rules, and security features.
    • Edge Workers: Allows running of custom code directly on Cloudflare’s edge nodes.
  • DigitalOcean:
    • Ease of Use: Integrates directly with DigitalOcean Spaces, making it straightforward if you’re already using Spaces for object storage.
    • SSL/TLS: Supports HTTPS traffic.
    • Fewer Features: Generally, offers fewer configuration options and advanced features than Cloudflare, focusing more on simplicity and basic CDN needs.

3. Pricing

  • Cloudflare:
    • Offers a generous free tier, which includes basic CDN services.
    • Paid plans introduce more advanced features like image optimization, more page rules, etc.
    • Pricing can escalate with add-ons and higher-tier plans, especially if you use Workers or require enterprise-level features.
  • DigitalOcean:
    • Pricing is straightforward and predictable, primarily based on bandwidth usage.
    • No free tier specifically for CDN usage, but the cost integrates with Spaces pricing, which is generally reasonable.

4. Ease of Use

  • Cloudflare can be a bit complex due to its numerous features and settings, but it offers more control and customization.
  • DigitalOcean focuses on simplicity and integration with its other services, which might be easier to use if you don’t need the extensive customization options.

5. Support and Community

  • Cloudflare has a robust community and extensive documentation. It also offers strong support, especially on paid plans.
  • DigitalOcean also has a strong community, particularly popular with developers for its straightforward solutions and excellent tutorials and documentation.


  • Choose Cloudflare if you need a feature-rich CDN with strong security features, global reach, and advanced customization capabilities. It’s particularly suitable for websites or services that face high security risks or require fine-grained control over how content is cached and served.
  • Choose DigitalOcean’s CDN if you are already using DigitalOcean’s infrastructure, especially Spaces, and you prefer a simpler, possibly more cost-effective solution that covers basic CDN needs without the complexity of additional configurations.

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