CloudFlare is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) which increases the loading speed time of your website and provides increase security against attacks. CloudFlare has 79 Data Centers distributed globally.
These Data Centers store your website’s static contents like Images, Scripts & CSS. They provide all the visitors your website’s content at high speed.
CloudFlare also acts as a protective shield and blocks hacking attacks made to your website.
You can read about the detailed tutorial on CDN in our article What is CDN.
Yes, this is because CloudFlare has 79 Servers unlike the single server of your Web Hosting. It also provides high class security to your website.
On activating CloudFlare in your website, it route your traffic through it’s Data Centers. That is, the traffic is scanned and the Data Center nearest to the user (based on geographic location of the user) will serve them your website’s static contents.
This greatly increases the website loading speed and performance. CloudFlare also provides a number of excellent features which are very useful to your website.
We recommend every Website to Use CloudFlare. It is free to use and you can always upgrade to premium plans (If you require).
There are a number of benefits of using CloudFlare –
CloudFlare provides a big improvement in your website loading speed. A fast loading speed makes user to stay longer and also add to SEO benefits. Just note down your website loading speed at present and compare it with the loading speed you get after activating CloudFlare, you will see up 70% to 90% difference.
For calculating website loading speed visit Pingdom
CloudFlare protects your website against all type of attacks like DDoS (Denial of Service), Layer 3/4 attacks, DNS amplification attacks, ACK attacks. CloudFlare filters out most of the spam attacks too. This is good for website health.
In your CloudFlare account you can choose between 3 types of security levels – Easy, Medium and High.
Websites get some useless traffic due to Spam and bots. This consumes unnecessary bandwidth, but with CloudFlare this useless traffic is filtered resulting in saving your bandwidth.
CloudFlare saves Millions of GB every month for websites that uses it. This is incredible for people using a host that charges for bandwidth like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google.
CloudFlare large number of Data Centers does automatic load sharing. You don’t have to think about website load as CloudFlare will prevent it from crashing during high traffic.
It is only a 5 minute procedure to activate CloudFlare in your website. The steps listed below will explain all this to you –
1. First create you free account in CloudFlare then click Add Site link to add your Website’s Domain Name.
2. CloudFlare will Scan your domain and show it’s DNS Records. By Default CloudFlare will be applied to the A and CNAME Records but you can also apply CloudFlare on other DNS Records by clicking on the status icon Next to them.
Click Continue button at the bottom to proceed.
3. CloudFlare will ask you to select a plan – select Free Website Plan and click continue.
CloudFlare will provide new Nameservers (CloudFlare DNS) and ask you to change your previous Nameservers with these.
To change your Domain Nameservers to CloudFlare DNS, go to your Domain Registrar account. Then go to Manage DNS area of the domain. Click on Change Nameservers button and add CloudFlare Nameservers.
Normally it takes under 1 hour for this Nameservers change to take effect. But sometimes you may have to wait for 48 hours (DNS propagation time).
Once CloudFlare DNS take effect, your website will be superfast and highly secured.
Like any website, CloudFlare can be easily setup in a WordPress website. First create your account in CloudFlare, add your website and then change the Nameservers to that of CloudFlare (as described in the above paragraph).
WordPress users can download and install CloudFlare Plugin, Click Here
The reason being, on using CloudFlare all visitors IP address will come from CloudFlare’s IP range. This plugin will ensure that you continue to see the original IP address of visitors.
In this way the CloudFlare spam fighting engines keeps on updating itself and thus provides better spam protection to your websites and also to other websites using it.
After activating the plugin go to Settings>CloudFlare in your WordPress. The plugin will ask you to enter the following information –
CloudFlare Domain Name – The name of your domain (without http, https, www) eg. mydomain.com
CloudFlare API Key – The API key given in your CloudFlare account My Setting area.
CloudFlare API Email – Your registered email in CloudFlare.
Development Mode – Choose Off
HTTPS Protocol Rewriting – Choose On
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