CloudFlare is a brand new feature that can be noticed on your cPanel?Dashboard. CloudFlare accelerates and protects?all type?of websites. Any website on CloudFlare generates 65% less requests to server and that's why load 30% faster than normal websites.?CloudFlare Community automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance.
CloudFlare is providing this service in beta collaboration with webs hosting providers like host monster, blue host, dream host, fat cow, Bigrock etc? ?To use this service you have to sign up and need to create a CloudFlare account. There are total four type of accounts free, pro, business and enterprise. You may simply go with CloudFlare Free account.
How to Signup for CloudFlare Free Account?
Go to your cPanel Dashboard and scroll down to Software/Services Tab, at there you will see CloudFlare Icon as shown on screenshot below. Click on the Icon, this will take to you a simple sign up page add your email id at there and hit Signup Now! button. You can choose your plans as per your need, if you want it for free simply choose ?CloudFlare Free?.
Why to Use CloudFlare?
There are various features of CloudFlare System; some of the top reasons for using it are as following,
- It will?accelerate?your website by 30%
- It will reduce Bandwidth uses by 60%.
- It generates 65% lesser Server Requests.
- Make your site more secure.
Advantages of CloudFlare System
Improving Site Performance with CloudFlare CDN:
CloudFlare Community?has proxy servers located throughout the world. If proxy servers are located closer to your visitors, which means they will see page load speed improvements as the cached content is delivered from the closest caching box instead of directly off their server. And a faster loading website is?beneficial?to you in all?ways, on faster loading website visitors stay for longer and generate more page views as well.
Bot and Threat Protection:
It uses data from Project Honey Pot and other third-party sources, as well as the data from its community, to identify malicious threats online and stop the attacks before they even get to your site. CloudFlare also allow you to see which threats are being stopped through your CloudFlare dashboard.
Protection form Spam Comments:
Spamming has been a great?headache?for all webmasters and CloudFlare will protect your site from spammer. It leverages data from third-party resources and thus it reduces the number of spam comments on your site.
Notifying Visitors of Infected Computers:
CloudFlare?notifies?your visitors that have an infected computer that they need to take action to clean up the malware or virus on their machine. The visitor can also enter a CAPTCHA Password to gain access to your site.
Always Online Mode:
In the event that our server is unavailable, visitors should still be able to access your site since CloudFlare serves the visitor a page from its cache. So your visitor will be able to browse your website even if your web hosting server is down.
Usage Lesser System Resources:
As a website on CloudFlare generates less server requests thus your site uses less system resources and also makes lower CPU usage.
CloudFlare?s system records statistics of each hit and offers insight into search engine crawlers and threats.
Disadvantages of CloudFlare System
Like every service CloudFlare has some limitations and you may treat them as disadvantages of CloudFlare.
- At present you would have to use www sub domain. And requests must be directed to www.yourdomain.com instead of just yourdomain.com.
- The change on your site may not appear?immediately because CloudFlare serves static pages of your site.
- This may affect the functionality of statics programs that usages apace logs.
CloudFlare is an excellent tool to improve your site's performance especially if your site gets downtime so frequently. It is suitable for all type of websites and blogs. Including dynamic websites that are powered by WordPress.
How to Add Your Website To CloudFlare?
Adding your site to CloudFlare could be little bit tougher job but follow each step very carefully and you will not feel any problem at all. Here are the Involved Steps?
- Signup for CloudFlare Account.
- Select and Add Your Website.
- Configure Your Records.
- Choose and Apply Initial settings.
- Update Your DNS.
I hope above information would be helpful to you. For any help or query feel free to ask?