Cloudflare Review – The Review of Cloudflare

I used to have issues with traffic until recently when I discovered this new web service called cloudflare. Special thanks to Francisco Perez of (Ditesco) Iblogzone, I learnt about this on his website. CloudFlare is a relatively new service that aims to improve performance and security of any site. This is my personal experience and review of their service.

An Overview of CloudFlare

The essence of CloudFlare is simple: to protect and accelerate any website, Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. Cloudflare will automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. Cloudflare also blocks threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

CloudFlare can be used by anyone with a website and their own domain, regardless of your choice in platform. From start to finish, setup takes most website owners less than 5 minutes. Adding your website requires only a simple change to your domain’s DNS settings. There is no hardware or software to install or maintain and you do not need to change any of your site’s existing code. If you are ever unhappy you can turn CloudFlare off as easily as you turned it on. The good news is that their core service is free (no out of pocket expenses) although they offer enhanced services for websites who need extra features like real time reporting or SSL

CloudFlare automatically optimizes the delivery of your web pages so that your site visitors get the absolute fastest page load times and optimal performance.  In addition and a magnificent add-on is that CloudFlare blocks threats and limits abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources.  The bottom line is sites that are powered by CloudFlare will always see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other types of site attacks.

Anyone that owns their own domain can utilize the services of CloudFlare.  It took me less than 10 minutes to setup two of my sites with CloudFlare. The best news is that the primary features of CloudFlare are free, and of course there are pay services available for those who need extra features like real time reporting or SSL.

How Fast is Your Site Loading?

In 2011, Google announced that they look at site load speed to determine how sites rank in their search engines, (although according to Matt Cutts, it’s no longer a huge factor to be considered, however, huge is a matter of subjective opnion, what is small to site A may be huge to site B).  You can learn more about this from the video here.

 

Even if Google doesn’t pay huge attention to site speed, it’s good that you make your site faster because users respond to that, If CloudFlare is effective at increasing site speed, and Google is taking site speed into consideration then you owe it to yourself to take advantage of a free service such as this.

One fantastic feature of Cloudflare is this: In the event that your site goes offline, CloudFlare is able to serve up the latest cached version of your site to visitors. This will ensure that your site is always online and never goes off the map.

I’ll like to know your thoughts on Cloudflare, are you using this service? Do you think it’s worth giving a shot? Do you think it’s trustworthy? I’ll like to know your thoughts, I’m using it, it’s good but I think it needs a little improvement here and there.

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