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CloudFlare - Should I use it?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by IMpossible, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. IMpossible

    IMpossible Supreme Member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking about using CloudFlare. Is it free? Is it good?
    What are the reasons why you should/should not use it?
    I appreciate your help!
     
  2. arnosv

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    It's free and good, I think it's definitely something you can consider using.

    It also helps with the security of your website!

    I personally use it on a few sites.
     
  3. IMpossible

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    Is there a risk using CloudFlare with fake keygen/CPA site, since you have to accept the TOS of CloudFlare and it states they are saving your IP address in case of abuse.
     
  4. ipcorp

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    I tested Cloudflare with one of my "content-heavy" slower sites.

    First I tested the WP site (of course I use WP) with the cache plugin W3 Local Cache. Without the plugin the pages would take about 8 seconds to load. With the plugin the pages took about 3 seconds to load. I did test new pages each time that have never been visited before so it was the first the Mysql db built each test pages.

    But with Cloudflare that pages took less than a second!!!! :third: I mean they loaded up fast, I was freaking impressed. I didnt stay with Cloudflare because I dont know if and when their IP may be banned because of other users. There is something here, its a great service. Its super simple to setup even a newb can do it. Then all you do is change the name servers on the domain you want to the ones Cloudflare provides and wait till they propagate. You will be impressed, and if you're not, come back here and flame me.... I can take it... lol.

    One of my clients sites is a Yahoo ecommerce site that loads slower than shit, and everytime I perform an audit on the site it tells me that pages load to slow. Which I assume is hurting his rankings a little bit. I'm going to to switch him over to Cloudflare and see how his rankings do and will report here later. So subscribe if you want to know how it goes.
     
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    mazgalici Supreme Member

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    is good, the bad part is that if your hosting changes the IP of your site, you must update it on cloudflare too
     
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  6. Felitan

    Felitan Newbie

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    I used Amazon Cludfront, pay only few dollars a months and it's the best in the market
     
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    Saw the icon in my cPanel some time ago, decided to try it out on a slow-ish WP install, took literally 2 minutes to set up and it decreased the load time by 40%. Not bad, eh?


    Btw, how easy is it to set up??
     
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    i wouldnt use it in an shared server
     
  10. IMpossible

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    Did you combine W3 Total Cache with CloudFlare or did you just use CloudFlare to get that loading times?
     
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    Your site cannot get banned for other users of CloudFlare. You may "share" the same IP as many others, but they make the "A record" available. This means that Google knows where the origin server is. Also, CloudFlare is registered with Google as a CDN so Google knows all about CloudFlare and how it works.

    If you can afford $1.00 (or less) a month, I would actually recommend Amazon CloudFront over CloudFlare. Many people even pay as little as $0.30 a month with CloudFront, depends on how many visitors you get. If your website is already kinda snappy, CloudFlare will actually add about 500ms of latency to the request. This isn't good because it will also add that 500ms+ of latency for webcrawlers like the googlebot.

    You can read about that here:

    http://blankrefer.com/?https://github.com/jonathanong/jongleberry/issues/3
     
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  12. No.RuleZ

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    why not? i think i will test cloudflare in 1 of my small websites