December 20 2015

What is CloudFlare and Why You Should Use CloudFlare

Few weeks ago, the website host (byethost now iFastNet) where i am currently hosting my blog announced a partnership they have with CloudFlare, which made it easy for anyifastnet  Customers to enable CloudFlare worth $200 USD on any domain hosted on their server, Initially when i got this message i wasn’t much interested because i have no issue with my website already.

Few days ago, I decided to take the benefit of this offer into consideration , I decided to start using CloudFlare  on all my domains.

Currently this website is running on CloudFlare, and it has simply made me smile from the day i started using it. There are many great benefits which i have been enjoying while using the CloudFlare service which is what prompted me to write this post after checking my Analytic last night.



Let me quote from CloudFlares website itself:

CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block 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.

I hope you understand that?If you didn’t, just keep reading, you will know what CloudFlare is and why you should use it.

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider using CloudFlare:


1. Cloudflare Increases in Site Performance

Even though, if you have your website hosted on a very reliable server which is quite fast, that doesn’t mean you should not consider using CloudFlare, Cloudflare help improve the performance of a website through their global CDN (Content Delivery Network). When ever you enable Cloudflare for your websites , The CDN will then create a cache of your website’s static files like the JavaScript, CSS, Images, etc on their servers which is located in several strategic places all over the world.

Just like it is on this site, when ever you visit , CloudFlare’s Anycast technology will then be the one to load my static files from the nearest server to the visitor which will increase delivery time, it will make this site load faster because of the closeness of visitors to servers. Since i started using CloudFlare, i must confirm that i have seen a very good increase in my site performance and increase in traffic.


2. Built-in Security

Like many blogger especially tech bloggers will want it, security is paramount. Even though we tend to improve and update websites to the latest software in town that doesn’t mean nothing can go wrong, if there’s a vulnerability in your website configuration you can get hacked but with CloudFlare, you will additionally be protected against some latest threats such as cross site scripting, SQL injection, comment spam, excessive bot crawling, email harvesters, DDOS and more.

This prevention is done automatically without conflicting any other measures put in place all you have to do is to select your security level on CloudFlare, you can either choose High, Medium, Low and Essentially Off.  CloudFlare itself is smart, it will check up your site, and see if security should be put to high or medium.

Since i started using CloudFlare, it has stopped over 2,000 threats already.

3. Easy to Use

It’s extremely easy to enable CloudFlare on a site especially if you are hosting on iFastnet or even on CloudFlare itself. If you are hosting on iFastnet, you just have to go over to Software/services >> CloudFlare >> then click on Run on CloudFlare.

 4. You can use CloudFlare for free!

Once you decide to use CloudFlare for your site, You can easily go for the basic service which is free of charge. With the basic service you don’t have to pay anything.

Apart from this,  CloudFlare also helps you minimize your website bandwidth and CPU usage, This is what really prompt me to start using CloudFlare, because i run many sites on my hosting space and reach CPU limits too quickly but with cloud flare all of that had been cleared, So if you have not heard about CloudFlare or you are not using it yet, You are on a long thing!

If your website loads fast and secure then your website visitors will love your site more.

So decided soon and go CloudFlare!

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Posted 20/12/2015 by HuynhICT in category "Technologies", "Tips

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