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.

Pricing starting from:

US$20.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$20.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Cloudflare: 27

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Monitoring
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anomaly/Malware Detection
  • Application Management
  • Cloud Application Security
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • DDoS Protection
  • Data Security
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Encryption
  • Endpoint Protection Software
  • Firewalls
  • Load Balancing Tools
  • Performance Metrics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Threat Response
  • VPN Software
  • Video Archiving
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Web-Application Security
  • Website Analytics

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(362)
Value for Money
4.7/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Jose J
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  • Industry: Market Research
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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

The Best CDN and Cyberthreat Protection in the Cloud

Reviewed on 18/11/2022

It has been a great experience so far using Cloudflare. Totally recommended for servers and website...

It has been a great experience so far using Cloudflare. Totally recommended for servers and website owners that requires protection and fast content delivery.

Pros

I started using Cloudflare a few years ago, just to keep our websites inside a content delivery network (CDN) and speed up the users access worldwide. Then I started using additional features of Cloudflare like the firewall, SSL certificates, monitoring, offline access of our sites and many more features that keep our servers and websites running all year round. I like all the Cloudflare features I use along with my team.

Cons

There are no cons from my point of view.

Ade
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Highly Recommended for Website Speed Optimization and Security

Reviewed on 21/10/2022

Cloudflare has helped us to optimize and secure a lot of websites for both our clients and personal...

Cloudflare has helped us to optimize and secure a lot of websites for both our clients and personal businesses. The experience so far has been great.

Pros

Cloudflare has a lot of features that can help optimize any website speed and performance, it also offers free security tools to protect website from popular cyber attacks.Some of the features I use frequently on cloudflare includes, the free SSL certificate to encrypt data from the host to cloudflare network and to the browser of the user.The content delivery network feature, web caching, Speed tools and protection services against hackers. Above all, most of these features on cloudflare are free to use, no charges at all, and they are very easy to setup. The extra features that are not free are also very affordable.

Cons

I have no complains since I have been using their service. It is really a great tool.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Azure, Fastly, Imperva Sonar and Alibaba Cloud

Reasons for Switching to Cloudflare

Cloudflare is easier to use and it comes with a lot of features for free.
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.

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
Romaric
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

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

Cloudflare

Reviewed on 27/11/2022

Cloudflare is a super fast CDN provider which provides an accurate web speed-boosting experience (...

Cloudflare is a super fast CDN provider which provides an accurate web speed-boosting experience ( especially with the pro versions)---I highly recommend trying it if you aren't using it yet.

Pros

Cloudflare is my #1 CDN provider. Apart from just using the free CDN services, it also serves as an SSL provider for nearly every website I host on VPS. I prefer Cloudflare because it's easy to manage and it's almost free.The "full (strict) encryption" feature is my favorite since it requires no extra plugins to become effective.The Cloudflare CDN services improve all my websites' performance by reducing the number of requests that are made on my servers (distances) and this gives a horsepower speed boost to my websites.

Cons

The "attackers mode" feature doesn't work properly on several versions of Nginx (especially the updated versions)...I can't explain why but, Each I have this feature activated all I get is a WordPress HTTP error message and I kinda think this feature is not just compatible with the SSL solutions or maybe some plugin conflicts.

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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:

English

Cloudflare supports the following devices:

Cloudflare integrates with the following applications:

AddThis, Adobe Commerce, Amazon EC2, AuthN, Backblaze, 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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