DDoS protection and website accelerator Cloudflare has teamed up with WordPress to launch its new Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) service to speed up a site’s experience for end users.
The new service, which costs $5 a month for WordPress customers on Cloudflare’s Free plan, extends Cloudflare’s content delivery network (CDN) beyond the delivery of static content to include slower-to-fetch dynamic content.
A key metric Cloudflare uses is Time to First Byte (TTFB), which is the first of several hurdles to using its CDN or edge network. If the TTFB is slow, it slows down each remaining step to using the CDN, like compressing images and caching static content.
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Cloudflare says APO testing shows a 72% improvement in TTFB for WordPress sites, a 13% improvement on the Speed Index, and a 23% improvement to First Contentful Paint, or how fast users