RocketCDN Review (Avoid): Only Serves Static Files From StackPath, No Full Page Cache, And Unlimited Bandwidth Is A Lie

Rocketcdn review

RocketCDN is one of the worst CDNs.

It basically serves files from StackPath’s CDN and that’s it. No full page caching, HTTP/3, Brotli, firewall, or features most CDNs come with. It was also removed from At the end of the day, RocketCDN was designed to be easy. Activate it in 1-click then pay WP Rocket $7.99/mo.

WP Rocket doesn’t provide documented APO compatibility because they know it’s a superior product. For $5/month, you get Cloudflare’s nearly 4x larger network, 2x Tbps speeds, and full page caching. And if you want something even faster, look at’s Cloudflare Enterprise.

I’m not a fan of WP Rocket, RocketCDN, or Imagify since between the 3, they do a poor job optimizing LCP/TTFB/images/mobile. But that’s a different story. For now, avoid RocketCDN.

Rocketcdn joke


1. RocketCDN vs. Other CDNs

RocketCDN, BunnyCDN, and Cloudways’ Cloudflare Enterprise don’t have full page caching which is already a huge disadvantage since it’s one of the main ways to improve global TTFB. And on a side note, while RocketCDN claims to have load balancing, I emailed their support who denied this and said “RocketCDN just serves your static assets the closer it can from your users.” Nice, conflicting information about load balancing, unlimited bandwidth, who knows what else.’s CDN was built specifically to work on LiteSpeed servers and includes full page caching, 80+ PoPs, and is also needed for image/page optimizations to work with LiteSpeed Cache. If you’re on a LiteSpeed server, you should be using’s CDN, ideally their paid/standard plan which unlike the free plan, uses all 80+ PoPs and includes DDoS protection.

However, Cloudflare has the largest network by far with data transfer speeds of 192+ Tbps, along with many speed/security features. For $5/month, you really can’t beat Cloudflare APO. But if you’re willing to pay $10/mo for FlyingProxy or switch hosts to, Cloudflare Enterprise is arguably the fastest CDN for WordPress (and what I use) with powerful routing features like prioritized routing, Argo Smart Routing, and Mirage/Polish for image optimization. And unlike RocketCDN, you don’t need an image optimization and security plugin when using it.

RocketCDN FlyingCDN By FlyingPress Cloudflare + APO FlyingProxy Cloudflare Enterprise Cloudways Cloudflare Enterprise Cloudflare Enterprise
CDN StackPath BunnyCDN Cloudflare Cloudflare Cloudflare Cloudflare
Speed (Tbps) 100 80 192 192 192 192
Locations 73 114 285 285 285 285
Full page cache x Only geo-replication APO x APO
HTTP/3 x x
Brotli x
Priority routing x x Paid
Argo x x Paid x
Load balancing x Paid
WAF x x
Anti-DDoS x x
Image optimization x Bunny Optimizer Paid Mirage/Polish Mirage/Polish Mirage/Polish
Compression x Paid
WebP x x Paid
Mobile resizing x x Paid
Bandwidth Not unlimited as advertised Unlimited Unlimited 100GB 100GB Determined by hosting plan
Price $8.99/mo $.03/GB $5/mo $10/mo $5/mo Free w/ hosting


2. Uses StackPath

RocketCDN uses StackPath which has has 73 edge locations and a 100+ Tbps speed. Compare this to Cloudflare’s 285+ locations and 192 Tbps, StackPath is significantly smaller and slower.

Stackpath cdn network

StackPath was also removed from (if you check, they’re not there anymore)

Stackpath cdnperf


3. No Full Page Caching

Full page caching improves TTFB in multiple global locations by caching HTML. Cloudflare APO, QUIC, and SiteGround CDN support full page caching and is especially helpful for dynamic sites.

How WP Rocket tells you to measure CDN performance makes no sense. The whole point of a CDN is to improve speed in multiple locations, so why use GTmetrix which only tests 1 location?

SpeedVitals and KeyCDN are better tools which test TTFB in 10-40  locations. SpeedVitals recommends testing your site a few times to make sure resources are cached and served from the CDN’s closest data center. The further away the server is to the testing location, the slower your TTFB will be. Full page caching improves this, and even more so with other CDN features.

Keycdn performance test cloudflare 1
Cloudflare free (no full page caching)
Rocket. Net keycdn performance test 1
Cloudflare Enterprise + full page caching


4. No Image Optimizations

Cloudflare Mirage + Polish and Bunny Optimizer are paid add-ons, but there are quite a few benefits to using them, including not having to use an image optimization plugin on your site.

  • They don’t take up storage since they optimize images “on the fly.”
  • They’re not taxing on your server (unlike image optimization plugins).
  • They support mobile image resizing instead of having to use adaptive images.
  • Cloudflare intelligently optimizes viewport images (and images on slow connections).

RocketCDN does none of these, and their Imagify plugin is one of the worst plugins for image optimization. Even if you used them both, the features still don’t come close to other solutions:

Imagify ShortPixel Optimole RocketCDN Bunny Optimizer Cloudflare Mirage/Polish
Compression x
WebP x
Mobile resizing x Requires ShortPixel Adaptive Images x
Viewport optimizations x x x x
Network optimizations x x x x
AVIF conversion x x x
AVIF support x x x
Serve images from CDN x Requires ShortPixel Adaptive Images Cloudfront StackPath
No server usage x x x N/A
No bloat x x Offload to cloud N/A
Price Free 20MB/mo then $9.99/mo Free 100 credits/mo then $3.99/mo Free 5,000 visits/mo then $19.08/mo $8.99/mo $9.5/mo or $.03/GB w/ FlyingCDN Included w/ Cloudflare Enterprises


6. No Vanity URL

Most CDNs that use a CDN URL let you change it (called a vanity URL). So instead of using the default URL (, you would change it to something like


7. Bandwidth Is NOT Unlimited

RocketCDN’s advertising “unlimited bandwidth” is a lie.

Hidden in their docs, it says “we reserve the right to disable your RocketCDN Url if we detect bandwidth overuse.” How much bandwidth do they allow? Nobody knows because they don’t tell you. But one thing is for sure – lots of people complain about being cut off at a certain point.

Rocketcdn limited bandwidth


8. Verdict: Use Cloudflare APO Or QUIC (On LiteSpeed) Instead

RocketCDN is awful and I didn’t even bother signing up for the affiliate program since telling people to use it would be wrong. Just because it’s sitting in front of you in your cache plugin settings doesn’t mean you should use it. Stick with one of the other (more performant) CDNs.

How about no

It’s meant to be easy, not performant.

This is my biggest gripe about both RocketCDN and WP Rocket. They sacrifice performance to make things easy, but you lose out on speed/security features. This is also the case with WP Rocket since they’ve only released 1 new feature after 2020 if you check their changelog. Their products are inferior and I definitely recommend looking into FlyingPress or LiteSpeed Cache.

WP Rocket FlyingPress LSC
Server-side caching x x
Remove unused CSS Inline Separate file Separate file
Critical CSS
Host fonts locally x
Preload images x x
Fetchpriority resource hint x x
Lazy render HTML elements x
Lazy load background images Inline Helper class Helper class
Exclude images from lazy load By URL By number By URL
Self-host YouTube placeholder x x
Add missing image dimensions
Scheduled database cleanups
Control preloading x x
Advanced cache control x x
ESI (edge side includes) x x
Gravatar cache x x
Limit post revisions x x
Price $49/year $42/year Free
Tutorial View tutorial View tutorial View tutorial


You Might Also Like:


  1. I tried to use FlyingCDN instead of RocketCDN and tried to check my page speed which was much lower than what it was with RocketCDN. Anyone knows why?

    • The only thing I can think of is maybe it wasn’t setup correctly. Did you also try Cloudflare with full page caching (either through APO or the Super Page Cache plugin)? Cloudflare’s network is larger/faster than both these.


Leave a Comment