Cloudflare

Cloudflare

Performance & Security for Any Website

4.8/5 (134 reviews)

Cloudflare Overview

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.

Pricing

Starting from
$20/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English

Cloudflare Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
98% positive reviews
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Excellent
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Nearly every single site we set up gets run through CloudFlare because of it's security and control.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/06/25
Review Source: Capterra

It's great knowing CloudFlare is protecting our site from DDOS attacks. Their caching features make pages load incredibly fast, and their javascript CDN makes our sites load even faster still. The instantly updated DNS settings eliminates any downtime, meaning our users never even notice the switch.

Pros

Once the nameservers are set up at the registrar to point to CloudFlare, DNS changes within CloudFlare are instantaneous. This is a huge deal when moving from one server to another. Having built-in SSL is another great way to provide peace of mind to our visitors.

By essentially acting as a reverse proxy, it keeps our servers' IP addresses hidden from would-be attackers. Their bot and DDOS detection is legendary and their basic analytics are surprisingly helpful.

A CloudFlare hosted CDN, cdnjs.com, has countless globally hosted scripts that make site building not only easier, but it also ensures the end results performs incredibly well. It's been years since I've set up a site that didn't have some CloudFlare feature built in.

Cons

I haven't had any luck with some of their automatic HTML/JS optimization features that involve rewriting the code. I can see how they would speed up page load, but I've often found they've broken my site. I don't really need that feature, so I'm not missing out, but if you're going to give it a try, make sure you test thoroughly, as you should be with any change made to a public server ;)

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Andrew F.

Cloudflare is a “must have”

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/27
Review Source: Capterra

I’ve been using website caching providers for about 7 years now, and switched to Cloudflare about 4 years ago. I have not once looked back. For the money, CloudFlare is by far the best caching solution on the market. I use it on two websites, each with different needs, and am able to achieve very affordably what would have been a pretty expensive configuration a decade ago. The automation in CloudFlare makes it simple for anybody to use them. I have a technical background, but many of my clients don’t, and I’m able to walk them through getting set up and running with CloudFlare with very short order. I see myself being a CloudFlare customer for years to come.

Pros

The Cloudflare interface is intuitive and the software is extremely simple to use. The “set it and forget it” functionality is amazing, as it serves very much as an autonomous coaching solution once properly configured. Sure, you’ll need to tweak it from time to time as your website needs change, but that process is inviting and easy, even for people with less technical background. I also love the value that you get in even the lower-tiered price points. The DNS management is a huge bonus as well.

Cons

It’s hard to say something bad about Cloudflare, but if I had to play devil’s advocate, I’d say that there are maybe a few features in the higher tier packages that I’d like to see in the entry level plan. Most users won’t feel this way though, as my particular needs are a little more specific than most.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Alex T.

All in One Solution for Website Speed and Security

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/24
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The best feature about this software, in my opinion, is their trade marked Javascript delivery optimization mode: Rocket Loader. This feature enables asynchronous loading of all third party scripts loaded on your web page, drastically increase page load times. Our team enables this feature on each of our client's websites and always results in at least a 10% difference in page speed scores.

Another feature that our company could certainly not live without is their dead simple firewall rule integration. A large majority of our clients only accept work locally or nationally, so any traffic coming from international sources is more than likely visiting with malicious intent. The country blocking feature in the firewall integration allows us to block this likely malicious traffic and decrease the odds of any security breaches into our client's sites.

Cons

The only annoyance I had while using this software was the 30 second delay when clearing the server cache. This is a very small issue since 30 seconds is certainly not a long time, but my patience is not great when attempting to debug or optimize page speeds. This problem can be solved by turning development mode on, but when this feature is on all optimization features are disabled, so optimizing page speeds is not possible.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Geoffrey C.

Great for Admins!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/26
Review Source: Capterra

It is a huge time saver when you have to manage lots of one-off sub domains. For trivial sites it reduces system administration work. The caching service is also useful.

Pros

I like that I can use the reverse proxy to apply an ssl certificate. This saves me immense amounts of time. Before Cloudflare, I would be presented with a random cloud server with something hacked together by a developer on it, and told "We need this live before tomorrow." I would then go about trying to get credentials so I could install the certificate. Now, I can just point a domain at an ip and assign a subdomain and ssl cert without ever having to log into a server.

Cons

The Ip addresses it uses for the reverse proxy all have to be whitelisted. Since I don't have a private Ip address that is just mine, I cannot use the reverse proxy for certain production servers. If the traffic comes through cloudflare's porxy service, you lose the source unless you change your application to consume a header they attach.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Ryan E.

A Free Plan Offering Premium Features

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/05/09
Review Source: Capterra

The main reason we first started using CloudFlare within our business was to upgrade all of our sites to SSL effortlessly, in preparation for the new Google HTTPS stricter rules. CloudFlare served this function perfectly, saving us money on advanced SSL certificates as well as time on installing these certificates manually. Since then, we have explored the other features of CloudFlare and impressed has been an understatement. As stated earlier, the benefits of CloudFlare are simply astonishing for a free product.

Pros

The free plan on CloudFlare is simply unbelievable value. For the low cost of nothing, you gain a world class CDN system which offers enterprise level security that rivals many premium, high cost solutions. The variety of features is astonishing too, with free SSL certificates, caching services and advanced analytics included also with the free plan.

Cons

It's hard to fault CloudFlare, but if I were to criticise something it would be that many of the caching features cause severe breakage to a site. For example, whenever I enable the Rocket Loader my WordPress sites are always broken in some form. However, beggars can't be choosers and these issues can simply be averted by not enabling this feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Cloudflare Pricing

Starting from
$20/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

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 Features

  • API
  • SSL Security
  • Website Security

  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Security
  • Audit Trail
  • Auditing
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Compliance Management
  • Monitoring
  • Password Management
  • Permission Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Single Sign On
  • Third Party Integration
  • Two-Factor Authentication

Additional information for Cloudflare

Key features of Cloudflare

  • Analytics
  • Content Delivery Network
  • DDOS Protection
  • Differential Compression
  • HTTP/2
  • HTTP/2 Server Push
  • IPv6 Gateway
  • Image Optimization
  • Scraping Protection
  • Security
  • Spam Protection
  • Web Application Firewall
  • Web Content Optimization
  • Web Sockets

Benefits

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.

Cloudflare FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Cloudflare.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Cloudflare offer?

Cloudflare offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: $20/month

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: 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.

Q. What are the main features of Cloudflare?

Cloudflare offers the following features:

  • Analytics
  • Content Delivery Network
  • DDOS Protection
  • Differential Compression
  • HTTP/2
  • HTTP/2 Server Push
  • IPv6 Gateway
  • Image Optimization
  • Scraping Protection
  • Security
  • Spam Protection
  • Web Application Firewall
  • Web Content Optimization
  • Web Sockets

Q. Who are the typical users of Cloudflare?

Cloudflare has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Cloudflare support?

Cloudflare supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Cloudflare offer?

Cloudflare has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Cloudflare support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Cloudflare supports

Q. What other apps does Cloudflare integrate with?

Cloudflare integrates with the following applications:

AsisteClick, Bitium, DevHub, Interakt, Magento, Miva, Privy, SutiHR, Userlike Live Chat, Wordpress

Q. What level of support does Cloudflare offer?

Cloudflare offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials