QUIC.Cloud – Ideal Settings (2022) + Setup + Pricing and Plans

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QUIC.cloud

QUIC.cloud is the first of its kind CDN to cache dynamic pages. Using HTTP/3 transfer protocol, it will make your site quicker and secure. Optimized for WordPress sites and works perfectly with LiteSpeed Cache plugin.

A content delivery network (CDN) is a network of data centers that are distributed globally to bring the WordPress resources close to the visitor. There are different benefits of using CDN – decrease server load, improve site speed and WordPress performance, advanced web security, reduce bandwidth and many others.

There are different CDN providers like Stackpath, Sucuri, Cloudflare, QUIC.cloud, KeyCDN, Rackspace, Google Cloud CDN, Amazon CloudFront and many others. Most of them offer some free plans. It means you are not billed upto some extent and then pay as you go.

Each CDN is unique in its own sense. Though the common service is to provide CDN, they provide additional services. For some of them you need to pay and others are free.

The global CDN market is expected to be USD 25+ billion by the end of 2025. The common cyber attacks on CDNs are – Dynamic Content attacks, SSL based attacks, Attacks on non-CDN services, Direct IP attacks, Web Application attacks etc.

Source: Imperva.com

What is QUIC.cloud?

LIteSpeed Cache (LSC) Plugin is a type of cache system that works on LiteSpeed servers. Sometimes, hosting servers are on Apache, NGINX etc. In that case, the cache system doesn’t work. As mentioned before, LiteSpeed Cache is faster than server and Varnish cache provided by other systems.

You can read the ideal settings of LiteSpeed Cache that will boost performance and optimal QUIC.cloud.

As an alternative for non-LiteSpeed servers, QUIC.cloud acts as a CDN which provides different plans and online services. It is one of the new CDNs in the market which provides page caching, image optimization and other services. Web Security is one of its good features.

How To Set Up QUIC.cloud?

To setup and configure QUIC.cloud, you need to have the following.

  • Control over Domain’s DNS configuration or NameServers.
  • Installed and Configured WordPress site on your Hosting.
  • Installed and Configured LiteSpeed Cache plugin.

Steps – Linking QUIC.cloud and WordPress

  1. Sign-up to QUIC.cloud account using Email and password. Agree to their terms and policy.
  2. Validation message sent to email. Click on it to activate your QUIC account.
  3. Open LiteSpeed Cache > General on the left-hand side menu of the WordPress panel.
  4. Request Domain key to add your site to QUIC.cloud account.
  5. Request submitted message shown. After few minutes Congratulations notification displayed.
  6. In the Domain key field, you can see asterisks to indicate its secure form.
  7. Login to QUIC account if not done already.
  8. Then, Click on Link to QUIC.cloud account button on the right hand side.
  9. A pop-up will show to continue to your QUIC account.
  10. Visit my Dashboard on QUIC.cloud shown. Pairing of account and WordPress site is complete.

Steps – QUIC.cloud NameServers and Enable

  1. Then, LiteSpeed Cache > CDN
  2. Turn on QUIC.cloud CDN in the CDN settings. Click on Save changes.
  3. Login to QUIC.cloud account and visit the dashboard. You can see your domain.
  4.  Click the domain to see your CDN service details in QUIC.cloud dashboard. Enable CDN.
  5. Three options shown. Choose the option – I want to use QUIC.cloud DNS. Click on Confirm Choice button.
  6. It will scan your DNS records from the zone file at your hosting provider and save them. Check if all the entries are there.
  7. Click on Enable and Add records.
  8.  List of nameservers are provided here. Enter these details in the domain registrar or hosting provider to complete the setup.
  9. Click on Refresh now. It says it will take around 48 hours for the propagation to complete. But generally it will be complete in 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  10. DNS status will show a green tick to indicate QUIC.cloud is working. Now QUIC.cloud is working and configured with LiteSpeed Cache plugin.

If for some reason DNS entries not showing up, then either nameservers not pointed to QUIC.cloud servers or it is pointing to your host or some other CDN.

Is QUIC.cloud working on your WordPress site?

  1. To know if QUIC CDN is working on your site, open Chrome browser.
  2. Right-click and Inspect.
  3. Click on Network tab.
  4. Refresh your site by pressing F5.
  5. Resources of the article or page will be loaded.
  6. Click on the first entry. Generally, the url of the page.
  7. Right-hand side, click on Headers.
  8. Under Response Headers, you can check the flag x-qc-cache: HIT.
  9. It means QUIC is working on your site.
  10. A MISS shows that either LiteSpeed cache or QUIC.cloud CDN is not working or error.

QUIC.cloud Pricing

The pricing structure is a little complicated compared to other CDN networks on billing. But it is not costly and you can start with as low as $5. Then you can use it until the points or quota or credits expire.

There are two categories of QUIC.cloud pricing.

  1. CDN Pricing
  2. Online Service Pricing

The first one is for using the CDN of QUIC.cloud. It is based on credits. The second one is for using the Image Optimization, Page Optimization, LQIP kind of online WordPress services. It is based on quota.

If the site is new and doesn’t have many images, website resources then it will not cost you much. Also, the site not having much traffic will also have free CDN pricing.

Credits are the currency used for both the plans. One advantage with QUIC.cloud billing system is that you can refill credits when required.

The free type of CDN and Online services have some monthly quota or credits. They are renewed every month. No roll over takes place for free plans. If the free quota or credits cease, then CDN or online services stop working.

Initially, you can pay as low as $5 for getting 5000 credits. Then these can be used for CDN or Online services. For complete details of how CDN credits and Online Services quota system works, read along.

CDN Pricing

Source: quic.cloud dashboard

It offers two plans.

  1. The Free Plan
  2. The Standard Plan

CDN PoPs (Points of Presence) are physical data centers geographically present all around the world. Their main purpose is to serve website resources quickly to the visitor by reducing the round trip time. Each CDN PoP consists of many caching servers.

The Free plan is completely free and you need not pay any price for it. But it comes with limited resources. The standard plan costs money on a pro-rata basis.

CDN takes bandwidth. So the credits are used for bandwidth quota.

For complete details click here – https://quic.cloud/docs/billing/cdn-plan-and-pricing-changes/

Online Service Pricing

The quota for the WordPress services used are based on the tier system. Based on the server type a website uses, there are 4-tiers.

  1. Basic (for domains running on Apache, nginx, or other non-LiteSpeed server)
  2. LiteSpeed (for domains running on a LiteSpeed server)
  3. LiteSpeed Enterprise (for domains that have paid for a LiteSpeed License)
  4. QUIC.cloud Partner (for domains that are hosted by QUIC.cloud Partners – COMING SOON.)

For complete details see – https://quic.cloud/docs/billing/all-about-quota-and-credits/

QUIC.cloud – Ideal Settings

1. Overview
2. CDN
3. Image Optimization
4. Page Optimization
5. LQIP
6. Settings

It is a competitor of Cloudflare and other CDNs. QUIC.cloud uses the tier system based on the type of hosting server used for your WordPress installation.

CDN

Summary

            Status – Shows the current CDN overview like whether DNS verified, SSL certificate is valid, bandwidth used this month, CDN status. Green tick indicates that the service status is working. You can also Flush all CDN cache from here.

            Usage – Current months credit usage can be seen here. Free credits are provided each month and do not roll over. If they exhaust you, you need to refill credits. $1 gives 1000 credits and Standard plan has its own billing method on season, time, tier.

CDN Plans – See the current PoPs available for your plan and how much credits each region takes.

Subscriptions – How many free credits are available under each tier and the current active tier system.

Analytics –     Web Traffic – Bandwidth served, region bandwidth, PoP bandwidth can be seen graphically.            Requests – Requests served, Requests summary, Static Cache HIT, Dynamic Cache HIT.

            HTTP – Non 2xx response code, Summary, Client HTTP version.

            Security – Anti DDoS recaptcha invoked, summary, connection type.

CDN Config

QUIC.cloud CDN

  1.                         Bypass CDN – OFF
  2.                         Map both www/non-www – ON
  3.                         Auto Redirect www/non-www – ON

Assigned CNAME is given.

 Cache

  1.                         Dynamic Cache – ON
  2.                         Static Cache – ON

 Connection

  1.                         Connection Type to Origin – MATCH
  2.                         Frontend Force HTTPS  – ON

Enable QUIC Backend – Depends. If your backend supports QUIC, then you enable this. Otherwise OFF. Generally, you can check using HTTP3 to know if QUIC is supported in the backend or not.

 Traffic

Allow All. You can block traffic by country or region here.

Security

  • Anti DDoS – reCaptcha & WP Brute Force Defense – ON
  •                                     Other fields leave as default.
  • Protect from Bad Visitor – OFF.  If your site is under attack, then you can turn it ON.
  • Restrict XML-RPC Requests – ON
  • Recaptcha Settings – Invisible. Only supports V2 for now.
  • Custom Recaptcha Keys – You can generate your own keys to have better control. Otherwise, QUIC uses its own keys.

SSL Certificate

                        To make your site HTTPS, QUIC generates an Let’s Encrypt for Free SSL certificate. System generated is advisable. If the server supports this, then you can disable it here. As both server and QUIC versions may conflict.

DNS Status

            Current DNS status of both www, non-www versions, assigned CNAME can be seen here.

Image Optimization

  • Overview
  • Usage – Free Tier Fast Queue and Pay as you Go balance can be seen here.
  • Subscriptions – Different Fast Queue tiers and monthly subscription.

Page Optimization

  • Overview – Recent Requests and Status
  • Usage – Current month usage, Quota for Basic and other tiers can be seen here.
  • Subscriptions – Monthly subscription quota cost and status can be seen. Pay As you Go is available. You can refill the minimum amount of quota from the available credits.

LQIP – Low Quality Image Placeholder

  • Overview
  • Usage – Current month quota usage.
  • Subscription – Monthly subscription plans, Quota for different tiers. Refill the minimum quota as you go.

Settings

Provide the Server IP here.

QUIC.cloud Support

You can join the Slack community – #quic-cloud-cdn  Channel to ask for support from expert technical support members. If you click the question mark or help icon, you get other information and support.

  1. Quick Start
  2. Knowledge Base
  3. FAQ
  4. Support
  5. Slack Channel

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