About Cloudflare

Cloudflare speeds up and accelerates your site by distributing your sites content around the world then delivering it using the fattest pipes and the best protocols. By using HTTP/2 with an SPDY fallback, Cloudflare can deliver content rapidly to your end users. Using 79 datacenters (and growing) around the world, Cloudflare can ensure your content is never too far away from your end user. Through Railgun, Cloudflare can eliminate costly delays caused by the speed of light when distributing dynamic content.

Cloudflare has consistently set records for mitigating the largest DDOS attacks. Cloudflare can protect your website from content scraping through reputation checks and application level attacks through a Web Application Firewall (e.g. for SQL Injection and XSS attacks). When Cloudflare successfully defended Spamhaus, Akamai's chief architect stated it was "the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet."

Cloudflare operates one of the fastest and most secure DNS networks in the world with advanced functionality including CNAME Flattening and Instant DNS Updates.


Key benefits of Cloudflare

Cloudflare protects web traffic transmitted over WebSockets or HTTP, while also offering a DNS hosting service. Cloudflare can mitigate attacks to web applications through protecting your web hosting by routing requests through Cloudflare. Additionally, Cloudflare's extensive network, which spans across 100 cities in 49 countries, means that content can be cached and accelerated at high speed to your end user regardless of server location. By distributing this content over the latest web protocols such as HTTP/2 and SPDY, Cloudflare ensures that web applications are loading and operating at the fastest speeds possible. Cloudflare also offers Content and Image Optimization to enhance speeds across all web properties.


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Starting Price

US$20.00
month
US$5.59
month

Pricing Options

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Features

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39
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Ease of Use

4.6 (442)
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Value for Money

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Customer Service

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(442)
Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.6/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Michelangelo
Michelangelo
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Best CDN ever

Reviewed on 15/08/2022

The best CDN ever, really. I have nothing else to say.

The best CDN ever, really. I have nothing else to say.

Pros

I can only say positive things about Cloudflare: it is fast, very easy to set up, never gives problems, it helps you even when the site temporarily goes out of service, you do not need assistance because you already know that you will not have big problems. All this is free (unless you need some specific options that you will pay dearly)

Cons

I would have only two details to say:
When you add the site in Cloudflare, he goes to scan all the possible subdomains and, if he receives the famous answer 200 (so that the page, and consequently the subdomain, exists) he will automatically add it. What does it mean? Some hosting always give a positive answer, even if the subdomain doesn't exist. In this case CF will create hundreds of non-existent DNS records to be deleted one by one (because it does not provide for bulk deletion)
Second thing is that unfortunately it does not plan to have dedicated IPs, even in the high paying plans.

Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudFront and Vercel
Megan
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Great free CDN

Reviewed on 04/04/2021

I started using Cloudflare after learning how CDNs could improve site speed. My site speed wasn't...

I started using Cloudflare after learning how CDNs could improve site speed. My site speed wasn't great and I had tried literally everything else so I figured it was time to try a CDN. I did a lot of research and Cloudflare seemed to be the best and most secure network. Although it didn't improve my site speed, I still had an overall good experience with it. If I ever went back to using a CDN for reasons other than site speed, I would choose Cloudflare again.

Pros

The free plan is great for small to medium-sized websites. It has all you need at no cost! Customer service is excellent. I reached out to them several times because I had questions about the setup process and they always got back to me very fast.

Cons

It is not the most user-friendly software. It's complicated to set up and takes some time to learn your way around it. It also did not improve my site speed by much. I installed Cloudflare mainly to improve my site speed but the improvement was very small.

Chineke
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Security for Website

Reviewed on 26/06/2021

I needed to secure my new website and stumbled upon Cloudflare after searching Capterra. Connecting...

I needed to secure my new website and stumbled upon Cloudflare after searching Capterra. Connecting my site to the platform was easy since they guided me virtually every step of the way. After a while of working well, I started receiving emails about my site being down, it came up after some time, and continued in that circle for a couple of days. I just had to disconnect my site from the platform, since it was just a company blog and left it like that.

Pros

It's a good thing that you can access some of their features for free and secure your website. Their regular feedback to my email is also very communicative of them. Navigating the website is also quite easy and the follow up each step of the way helps users interact quite seamlessly with the site

Cons

As much as we want protection for our sites, we also want the site to be accessible. My website started showing a "ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS" error, to which I contacted customer support, got a quick response but could not find a solution to my problem there.

Thomas
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  • Industry: Online Media
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Fast Delivery

Reviewed on 30/11/2023

Pros

The CDN delivers as promised. I use the enterprise option as an add on for my small business site. Performance is fast.

Cons

Happy customer. Nothing to complain yet.

Wil
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Must have for modern websites

Reviewed on 04/10/2021

Great firewall and security suite for websites even on the free plan

Great firewall and security suite for websites even on the free plan

Pros

Offers many forms of protection and features that can be added to an existing website without modifying code

Cons

The UI takes a bit of getting used to to find everything

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Cloudflare FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Cloudflare.

Cloudflare offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$20.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Cloudflare does not charge on the basis of bandwidth usage, instead charges on features. Free Plan offers basic performance and security alongside free SSL and analytics. Pro Plan at $20/month provides advanced performance and security tools including image optimization and a Web Application Firewall. Business Plan at $200/month includes advanced DDOS Attack protection, dynamic content compression, custom WAF rules, prioritized support and custom SSL certificates. Enterprise Plans are bespoke to customer requirements with set-up consultation, a dedicated solution Engineer, phone support and multi-user access.

Cloudflare has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Cloudflare supports the following languages:

Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Cloudflare supports the following devices:

Cloudflare integrates with the following applications:

AddThis, Adobe Commerce, Amazon EC2, AuthN, Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage, Buddy, Chaossearch, Coralogix, Cordial, Crafter CMS, Crisp, Desktop.com, Drupal, Eclypsium, Feedly, Google Analytics 360, Groove.id, Hostinger, Huckabuy Cloud, Jira, Joomla, Landerlab, ProveSource, Rambox, Rippling, RiskIQ PassiveTotal, SatisMeter, Secureframe, Sender, Shopify, Site Search 360, SiteSpect, Sitecore, Userlike, Webflow, WordPress, Znode, tawk.to, vBulletin

Cloudflare offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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