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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Servers

    Cloudflare

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    NGINX

    79%
    NGINX ranks higher in 6/6 features

    IDE support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Security management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Administration and management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3
    63%
    3 Ratings

    Application server performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings

    Installation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    3 Ratings

    Open-source standards compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cloudflare is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • NGINX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Cloudflare and NGINX are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Cloudflare

    91%
    75 Ratings
    9.2

    NGINX

    92%
    27 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cloudflare

    100%
    1 Rating

    NGINX

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Cloudflare

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    NGINX

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.5

    Cloudflare

    85%
    53 Ratings
    8.1

    NGINX

    81%
    8 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cloudflare

    I can't think of a single scenario where Cloudflare isn't useful. Our company uses Cloudflare for ALL sites. In fact, as a Web Development Agency, we don't work with clients unless they allow us to use Cloudflare. It's really that good ;-) and necessary for modern websites and apps.
    Jason Janes | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    [NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
    Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cloudflare

    • When you need a FREE and EASY TO SETUP SSL certificate on your page (if you don't have the locked locker icon when opening your page, you need it)
    • When you want to obfuscate your webpage's IP (any connection will give the Cloudflare's IP)
    • You need to speed up the connection for static content (it will not help database connections or dynamic content)
    • IF your DNS isn't good (Cloudflare's DNS is amazing, quick, easy, and works pretty well)
    Igor Neumann | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
    • Great at serving static content.
    • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
    • Open-Source (no cost)!
    Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cloudflare

    • There is a huge jump in price between the mid-tier and enterprise solutions which is hard to justify for smaller businesses, or companies owning many small businesses.
    • It is difficult to convert from a CNAME installation back to a DNS based one
    • Setting up page-level caching with web workers is counterintuitive for simple websites
    Nicholas Tantillo | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
    • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
    • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
    • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
    • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
    L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cloudflare

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    $0

    Cloudflare Editions & Modules

    Edition
    FreeFree
    Pro$202
    Business$2002
    EnterpriseContact sales team
    1. none
    2. per month
    3. none
    Additional Pricing Details

    NGINX

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    NGINX Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Usability

    Cloudflare

    Cloudflare 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    While there are some parts of the service that can be tricky to implement if you have a very custom site, like holepunching for cache, for the most part, the service works very well out of the box and is easy to use
    Ramon Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    NGINX 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Cloudflare

    Cloudflare 8.5
    Based on 53 answers
    I (fortunately) have not encountered an issue I deemed severe enough to require me to submit a ticket to support. Most of the time, the problems I have encountered were fixable by simply waiting (as is usual with DNS services); or Googling and perusing their perfectly serviceable documentation and browsing support forums.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    NGINX 8.1
    Based on 8 answers
    Community support is great, and they've also had a presence at conferences. Overall, there is no shortage of documentation and community support. We're currently using it to serve up some WordPress sites, and configuring NGINX for this purpose is well documented.
    John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Cloudflare

    CloudFlare is always innovating fast and adding new interesting solutions to the CDN, DNS, and DDoS problems that keep appearing as the internet grows and matures. Due to network effects, using CloudFlare is easier, faster, and more reliable than the competitors, and their support is super fast. I have used other solutions in previous companies like Akamai but their APIs were not very easy to use and their interfaces were not that friendly, also their CDNs were not as fast to clear the cache.
    Daniel Anjos | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    We have used Traffic, Apache, Google Cloud Load Balancing and other managed cloud-based load balancers. When it comes to scale and customization nothing beats Nginx. We selected Nginx over the others because
    • we have a large number of services and we can manage a single Nginx instance for all of them
    • we have high impact services and Nginx never breaks a sweat under load
    • individual services have special considerations and Nginx lets us configure each one uniquely
    Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cloudflare

    • Uptime: With Cloudflare's website protection, we have avoided panic-inducing outages and downtime.
    • Reduced hosting load: Cloudflare's CDN allows us to use smaller servers and greatly diminish bandwidth usage.
    • Reduced domain renewal cost: Most of our domains could be transferred to Cloudflare, where domain renewals are as cheap as possible.
    • Increased total website cost: All of Cloudflare's features aren't free, and they increase our monthly overall website cost. The protection and other features are helpful, just not free.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Nginx has decreased the burden of web server administration and maintenance, and we are spending less time on server issues than when we were using Apache.
    • Nginx has allowed more people in our company to get involved with configuring things on the web server, so there's no longer a single point of failure ("the Apache guy").
    • Nginx has given us the ability to handle a larger number of requests without scaling up in hardware quite so quickly.
    Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

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