Cloudflare

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About Cloudflare

Cloudflare speeds up and accelerates your site by distributing your sites content around the world then delivering it using the fattest pipes and the best protocols. By using HTTP/2 with an SPDY fallback, Cloudflare can deliver content rapidly to your end users. Using 79 datacenters (and growing) around the world, Cloudflare can ensure your content is never too far away from your end user. Through Railgun, Cloudflare can eliminate costly delays caused by the speed of light when distributing dynamic content.

Cloudflare has consistently set records for mitigating the largest DDOS attacks. Cloudflare can protect your website from content scraping through reputation checks and application level attacks through a Web Application Firewall (e.g. for SQL Injection and XSS attacks). When Cloudflare successfully defended Spamhaus, Akamai's chief architect stated it was "the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet."

Cloudflare operates one of the fastest and most secure DNS networks in the world with advanced functionality including CNAME Flattening and Instant DNS Updates.


Key benefits of Cloudflare

Cloudflare protects web traffic transmitted over WebSockets or HTTP, while also offering a DNS hosting service. Cloudflare can mitigate attacks to web applications through protecting your web hosting by routing requests through Cloudflare. Additionally, Cloudflare's extensive network, which spans across 100 cities in 49 countries, means that content can be cached and accelerated at high speed to your end user regardless of server location. By distributing this content over the latest web protocols such as HTTP/2 and SPDY, Cloudflare ensures that web applications are loading and operating at the fastest speeds possible. Cloudflare also offers Content and Image Optimization to enhance speeds across all web properties.


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Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.6/5
Customer Support
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Nadish
Nadish
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

One of the best website security and CDN service

Reviewed on 2022/03/05

Well it's along story, I found CloudFlare while I was searching for Free CDN service for website. I...

Well it's along story, I found CloudFlare while I was searching for Free CDN service for website. I was analyzing one of my website through GTMetrix and found one recommendation to use CDN. I knew that CDN is a costly service, atleast at costly as my monthly hosting service, so I searched for Free CDN service and luckily found CloudFlare.

I explored it on my own and slowly and gradually I got total command on CloudFlare. Now I integrate each of my website's website with CloudFlare in order to hide the nameservers + adding security and preventing from DDoS attacks hence enhancing loading speed and overall performance of my website.

Pros

Who doesn't love to have something as wonderful as CloudFlare for FREE? To be honest, I'm using CloudFlare since more than 3 years now and still using the free version because it covers all my CDN and website security needs. :)

The other thing that I cannot ignore or even miss is the Free SSL by cloudflare for 15 years, isn't it amazing? :) I know that there're other free SSL services available on internet also, but I totally trust on CloudFlare so I always use free SSL by CloudFlare. It's really easy to install and has multiple options for the encryption like flexible, full and full restrict.

And at last but not least, how can I forget or ignore the Speed Optimization features of CloudFlare :) The auto minify feature for JavaScript, CSS and HTML can be switched on or off independently so that you can never break your website. And the options like Brotli, Optimized Delivery and Rocket Loader is like cherry on top of the cake. :)

Cons

Well, nothing. I'm truly satisfied with the results, so there's nothing that I can say that I like least about CloudFlare.

Ade
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Highly Recommended for Website Speed Optimization and Security

Reviewed on 2022/10/21

Cloudflare has helped us to optimize and secure a lot of websites for both our clients and personal...

Cloudflare has helped us to optimize and secure a lot of websites for both our clients and personal businesses. The experience so far has been great.

Pros

Cloudflare has a lot of features that can help optimize any website speed and performance, it also offers free security tools to protect website from popular cyber attacks.Some of the features I use frequently on cloudflare includes, the free SSL certificate to encrypt data from the host to cloudflare network and to the browser of the user.The content delivery network feature, web caching, Speed tools and protection services against hackers. Above all, most of these features on cloudflare are free to use, no charges at all, and they are very easy to setup. The extra features that are not free are also very affordable.

Cons

I have no complains since I have been using their service. It is really a great tool.

Switched From

Jetpack

Reasons for Switching to Cloudflare

Cloudflare is easier to use and it comes with a lot of features for free.
Angelica
Angelica
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

It used to be a lot better

Reviewed on 2019/10/30

It served me well for a very long period, but it never mitigated any of my DDoS attacks. It did...

It served me well for a very long period, but it never mitigated any of my DDoS attacks. It did helped me when managing DNS was a pain in the ass.
BUt eventually I found out that it was slowing my website. Since I moved away from it and got separate services to do what CF used to (DNS, protection, analytics), I got way better services and faster sites.

Pros

It sure makes managing your sites's DNS and main configurations handy by centralizing them. It offers nice redirection features and a whole bunch of features like apps and protection, cdn, etc.

Cons

But the service has been packing so many features that though it looks like advantage when it's not.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Cloudflare is a poor-mans' dream for Content Delivery Optimization

Reviewed on 2023/07/22

Very positive. If you're running a website or web services and you don't have the big bucks to...

Very positive. If you're running a website or web services and you don't have the big bucks to scale with Azure/AWS, then consider these guys. They very seldom let you down.

Pros

What's not to love about it? It has some of the cheapest and fastest content delivery tools on the planet. It has a free tier if you're just a cheapskate, but the paid tiers are pretty modestly priced among industry competitors. There are basic security filters in place and a few other optimizations for regional support (they have more data centers than most others with less latency). Their DNS/Name services resolve quickly and with fewer disconnects.

Cons

Support is kind of a chore, just because they have so many customers. I think it's something they're getting better at though.

Nicolas
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  • Industry: Sports
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Secure Domain Registration & Management via CloudFlare

Reviewed on 2023/05/24

Overall, CloudFlare is a tools that is critical to the proper functioning at the company: managing...

Overall, CloudFlare is a tools that is critical to the proper functioning at the company: managing our DNS records, securing connection to our websites and generating analytics reports.

Pros

We've been using CloudFlare for more than 5 years and one of the recent features that I absolutely love is to be able to register and renew domain right within the CloudFlare dashboard. We no longer have to deal with the troubles of registering for domains at one location and managing the DNS / transferring to CloudFlare.

Cons

Customer support takes longer for clients in the lower paid tiers. I believe that a great company should provide support within a reasonable time-frame to all customer tiers.

Alternatives Considered

Google Analytics 360 and Google Cloud

Reasons for Switching to Cloudflare

The alternative considered were more as complimentary solutions, not to replace the CloudFlare option.
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Cloudflare FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Cloudflare.

Cloudflare offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$20.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Cloudflare does not charge on the basis of bandwidth usage, instead charges on features. Free Plan offers basic performance and security alongside free SSL and analytics. Pro Plan at $20/month provides advanced performance and security tools including image optimization and a Web Application Firewall. Business Plan at $200/month includes advanced DDOS Attack protection, dynamic content compression, custom WAF rules, prioritized support and custom SSL certificates. Enterprise Plans are bespoke to customer requirements with set-up consultation, a dedicated solution Engineer, phone support and multi-user access.

Cloudflare has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Cloudflare supports the following languages:

Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Cloudflare supports the following devices:

Cloudflare integrates with the following applications:

AddThis, Adobe Commerce, Amazon EC2, AuthN, Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage, Buddy, Chaossearch, Coralogix, Cordial, Crafter CMS, Crisp, Desktop.com, Drupal, Eclypsium, Feedly, Google Analytics 360, Groove.id, Hostinger, Huckabuy Cloud, Jira, Joomla, Landerlab, ProveSource, Rambox, Rippling, RiskIQ PassiveTotal, SatisMeter, Secureframe, Sender, Shopify, Site Search 360, SiteSpect, Sitecore, Userlike, Webflow, WordPress, Znode, tawk.to, vBulletin

Cloudflare offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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