Cloudflare

Cloudflare

Performance & Security for Any Website

4.8/5 (164 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
US$20,00/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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Verified Reviewer

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
Rebecca R.

Excellent software to accelerate the response of our website

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/08/27
Review Source: GetApp

This software is really useful since thanks to it we can provide our audience with a website or applications that are always available, that is, no matter where you are entering, you can always enter the website quickly because the workload is distributed on several servers, also the entry will always be safe because Cloudflare also stops those attacks that may impair the performance of that site.

Pros

I like Cloudflare a lot because it is a software that helps to accelerate the responses given by websites or applications so that when a visitor enters the site they do not have to go through a slow process to access them, and this is because It gives us balanced loads so that it is not a single server that carries out the work but is distributed on several servers, in addition to providing fast websites it is also able to protect them against threats and bots so before these attacks come and this software has stopped them and the best thing is that it not only protects our website but also its visitors as it sends them alerts that let them know that they are entering from an already infected computer so the easiest way to to avoid that is that he asks that they carry out a captcha.

Cons

One of the drawbacks with this software is that when making changes to the website, such changes may take time to be reflected since this software saves the content in a static way.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
David R.

Highly recommended firewall / CDN for all web sites, plus there is a great Free tier as well!

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/08/29
Review Source: Capterra

Overall experience with Cloudflare was really positive and given it does have a free tier and offers quite a few diverse features around security & performance, I recommend this software to all customers.

Pros

Cloudflare does a lot of different things for a web site, two of the biggest benefits is security and performance (often two things that don't always go together). Security - Cloudflare can be used to hide your actually site IP address which helps deter attackers, as well as the packet inspection that Cloudflare does and discards some attacks on your site. You can also reach for an 'Attack Mode' button which adds a Javascript verification prior to loading your site which will deter all bot attacks on your site.
In terms of performance, Cloudflare is a large CDN provider with PoP's (Point of Presence) across the globe, so having content cached around the world seriously helps with site speed.
Plus, Cloudflare has a really great free tier plan as well!

Cons

There is quite a lot of options in the interface, so can take a bit to get around and get familiar with. Also forcing SSL can easily get your website into a redirect loop, but with patience and a bit of Googling you'll get to the right settings.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
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
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Luis alfredo T.

Configuring cloudflare does not take almost time

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/09/16
Review Source: Capterra

Cloudflare is very easy to use. The platform serves for companies to extend their security responsibilities on the Internet, including more employees, and reducing the time for policy implementation. With cloudflare you get a surface area for quite structured attacks, whose information goes through the cloud and through integrations to third party softwares.

Pros

With cloudflare it is very quick to identify all the behaviors of those who enter our website, and of the bots that other software can not easily detect. Cloudflare serves to streamline the protection of websites in general, or of all types of SaaS Services or API platforms that are connected to our work. Cloudflare is a service that shows great results in short periods of time. It is highly recommended to improve user authentication, to track events, and to protect against most web threats. Cloudflare also serves to manage the performance of our network of work, and to choose who can enter it.

Cons

A problem with cloudflare is that it does not automate the protection of the files that we attach to our work, so we must proceed to purely manual management. Cloudflare does not detect intrusions, nor does it allow to register intellectual property. In addition, it is not useful for the creation of reports on the traffic of our website if you want that report to be exported as a document.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Cloudflare Pricing

Starting from
US$20,00/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
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • 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: US$20,00/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, Wordpress

Q. What level of support does Cloudflare offer?

Cloudflare offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials