Earlier this year, I wrote a column for Huffington Post – discussing the importance of using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to better serve your users. In there, I talked about some of the more popular CDN platforms, but I also mentioned cdnjs, which is basically a content delivery network for libraries and frameworks.
How to use?
It’s easier than you think. Just like you’d add Bootstrap to your templates, you can add all other libraries and frameworks; the only difference is that the content would get served from a remote location (closer to your readers), and probably guarantee a somewhat permanent uptime.
We’re starting this with some open-source love! This is an official free CDN by MaxCDN that you can use to replace your current libraries and frameworks with a CDN link. There isn’t an exact number of libraries specified anywhere, but you can use the search function to quickly discover what’s available. (like, if the library you need is available)
This is a more advanced CDN, at the time of writing this there are 1,200 projects listed; which means that there is a very likely chance that your favorite library is listed on this platform. It is sponsored by some of the biggest CDN (if not all) names in the industry, so you’re guaranteed both uptime and quality of service. (as far as free goes)
They said it right, it’s not about competition or being the most sought after; it’s about giving designers and developers access to libraries that they can use from a CDN service. For many, the speed difference is so small that they don’t even bother with it. Remember, if you can’t find your favorite library or plugin in the list; just make a suggestion and one of the team members will consider adding it. That easy.
I couldn’t find any more of these type of sites, but if you know of some; please leave a comment. I hope that this list will either expand your current collection, or give you an idea of what is out there, and how you can use these types of services for the betterment of your apps and websites.