What is Cloudflare?
Cloudflare is a content delivery network or CDN. A CDN is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and data centers. These provide performance and distribution of website data to users in any location reducing bottlenecks of the internet. At Alpha Hosting we trust Cloudflare with our CDN needs. We believe CDN’s are an integral part of website performance, so we include Cloudflare services in all our cloud and enterprise hosting packages. In this blog you will learn all about Cloudflare and the services they offer.
What is Cloudflare?
Cloudflare is a performance and security service. On average, a website on Cloudflare loads twice as fast, uses 60% less bandwidth, sees 65% fewer requests, and has an additional layer of web security.
What is the association between Alpha Hosting and Cloudflare?
Alpha Hosting is a Cloudflare Certified Partner, and we offer Cloudflare solutions to our clients in our hosting packages or for individual purchase.
How does Cloudflare’s technology work?
Cloudflare’s global network spans over 200 cities in more than 100 countries. Once a website is part of the Cloudflare community, its web traffic is routed through Cloudflare’s network. Cloudflare offers many performance and security services including CDN (content delivery network), web content optimization, and a web security layer.
Security service: Cloudflare’s network blocks threats and limits abusive bots before they hit the server, which means less wasted bandwidth and server resources. The network gets continually smarter with each new website.
Where are Cloudflare’s data centers located?
Cloudflare’s network currently has over 200 locations across the world providing caching and traffic filtering no matter where you are located. You can see a map and full list of these locations here.
What types of websites can use Cloudflare?
Almost all websites can use Cloudflare. It works for both static and dynamic websites. Cloudflare is not suitable for websites that stream video or audio directly from their origin server, however if a website uses YouTube or Vimeo then it is compatible with Cloudflare.
Examples of websites that greatly benefit from Cloudflare include:
- Popular websites that get heavy visitor traffic
- E-commerce or business sites
- Sites with diverse international traffic
- Sites under DDoS attack
- Sites with heavy server load
- Sites with past security breaches
Is Cloudflare compatible with a website with SSL?
Yes, the site can use Cloudflare, however there is an extra step. The customer has to upgrade to Cloudflare’s paid service, Cloudflare Pro, which costs $20/month. Cloudflare will then be SSL compatible. You can learn more about Cloudflare Pro here.
Are there domains that shouldn’t be enabled with Cloudflare?
An orange cloud means that the web traffic will pass through the Cloudflare system making the site faster, safer and smarter. A gray cloud means that the traffic will not pass through the Cloudflare system.
With Cloudflare DNS, you are able to work without CNAMES. However, we can still offer CNAMES if you do not want to change your DNS over to CloudFlare. To decide which records pass through the Cloudflare network, you need to understand what type of content appears on that subdomain. Cloudflare can be enabled for any subdomain that gets web traffic. It should not be enabled for subdomains that handle non-web traffic, such as mail, ftp, and ssh or they should be marked by a gray cloud.
Cloudflare will proxy these ports:
Can I enable Cloudflare on a wildcard (*) subdomain?
No, for security reasons, Cloudflare does not proxy traffic to a wildcard subdomain. However, With CloudFlare DNS, as long as the sub domain is listed, rather than CNAME or A record, Cloudflare can be enabled.
Can I enable Cloudflare on my root domain (i.e. mywebsite.com) that is an A record?
Yes, with CloudFlare DNS (the default method now), you can set it up on the root domain.
If I activate Cloudflare from my control panel, do I also get an account on Cloudflare.com?
Yes. Once Cloudflare is activated through your control panel, you also get an account on www.Cloudflare.com. The basic statistics and settings are shown in your control panel. To see more statistics, threat control panel, and all the Cloudflare settings, you must login into your www.Cloudflare.com account. When you activate your account, you will be prompted for a password if an account does not exist under your email address. We can authorize as many email addresses to access the account as requested.