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Darcy Knapp, MBA profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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CloudFlare is an amazing tool for DNS. We use CloudFlare on most websites to host DNS to allow the clients' websites to have super fast load times. CloudFlare mirrors the website so the human (and bot) traffic is on the mirror, not the server, delivering faster page speeds and better uptime. We also get alerts from CloudFlare for any issues that need to be checked.

CloudFlare also offers a dev mode, so you can turn it off as you are working on a website to see updates in real-time. Great tools, just remember to clear your cache when not in dev mode to see your work!
  • Improves site speed
  • Reduces down time
  • Free DNS Service
  • Would be nice to be able to add users at the website level (not account level)
Excellent for managing server loads and site speed for our clients. Most would have to buy bigger hosting packages to handle their busy days, but CloudFlare picks up the traffic and reduces the burden on the server. Most clients can rely on smaller hosting accounts to keep their sites up.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Every website that I work on either for my own business (Flights Machine) or clients gets put on the CloudFlare free plan. CloudFlare has majorly disrupted a few web hosting related industries including:
  • SSL certificate issuers
  • Content delivery networks
  • DNS managers
These 3 services used to cost money and now CloudFlare offers all of them for free. Unless your website has very special needs, CloudFlare does the job perfectly, for free, with these 3 use-cases.
  • DNS management.
  • SSL certificate issuance (https).
  • Content delivery network (CDN).
  • Less confusing user-interface.
  • Better tutorials on the available functionality.
  • Don't functionally lock out users without Javascript from using CloudFlare-enabled websites.
If you have a website that you want secure (https) and fast (CDN) then the CloudFlare free plan is a no-brainer. For anything other than a simple personal blog/website, CloudFlare makes sense (and it would be good even for that humble blog as well). Ever since I discovered CloudFlare I've used them for every single website I create. The funny thing is, none of my sites have needed to go beyond CloudFlare's free plan, so I still haven't actually paid them.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Cloudflare has helped make site security and content delivery performance accessible to any business. CloudFlare provides SSL, DDoS production, a content delivery network, caching and performance features and more even on their free plan. On top of the power CloudFlare includes for the price, the setup process is extremely straightforward and fast, and an average developer can configure it in an hour or two. No need for a dev-ops team to spend weeks and a lot more money trying to come up with a similar solution.
  • Easy to implement security and performance features making it a choice for all sites we launch whether they are more static business sites, eCommerce sites, or especially web applications.
  • Low cost and robust free plan make it an easy choice for the peace of mind performance/production it adds with minimal configuration.
  • Gives web applications and websites the infrastructure they want, whether they are big or small.
  • CloudFlare now offers so many features including video streaming and image resizing, that it might be difficult for those who aren't familiar with them to quickly grasp why they need CloudFlare.
We use CloudFlare primarily for its content delivery network and security features like DDoS protection. It's threat blocking and page speed rules also help us maintain the setup we want for our web applications. While we will use it for web applications 100% of the time, we also put at least the free plan on almost all websites we create because it is so quick to implement and still provides great performance and security features.
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Chris Widner profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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We use CloudFlare for DNS hosting and protection against malicious attacks on our corporate web sites. CloudFlare is superior to any DNS that you get bundled with domain registrations so it is my go to for any hosting. It also solves the price equation with it being free for our level of usage.
  • Free! Most use cases will be free to use CloudFlare. You can't beat that!
  • Easy to use. The interface is super easy to use to modify whatever settings you need.
  • The advanced features are incredible! There is so much more you can do with CloudFlare that you'll likely never need to use it all.
  • Since I have to give 3 areas for improvement I have to be really picky. The first would be to make it easy for non-technical users to use. That moves outside of their target demo, though.
  • Push analytics reports to my email automatically.
  • Include custom pages for free. One can dream, right?
Regardless of the size of your company, website, or technical needs, CloudFlare can not only protect your sites but make them faster and more efficient. With the right setup I can see using CloudFlare actually saving you money vs. hosting yourself or using other free DNS and traffic management providers. It can scale with you as your business grows.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use CloudFlare to protect our website and hope that it speeds things up. The protection has been good, though over-eager (which has caused its own issues), but I'm not convinced that the speed is much improvement, at least in the USA.
  • Site protection.
  • "Always Online" doesn't mean always.
  • Admin users are blocked from doing routine tasks.
Our site was running outdated software for a while, and CloudFlare protected us while we went through the process of upgrading everything. This was a huge help! But the firewall rules prevent admin users from doing simple things like saving blog posts which contain links, and the User Challenge screens don't work properly. We've wasted a lot of time figuring out the exact set of whitelisting rules necessary for various users at various locations, and then every once in a while it all breaks and we need to start over! And when it does, the support staff is zero help.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cloudflare for many purposes:
  • Website protection against malicious traffic and targeted attacks
  • CDN to cache our site content reducing bandwidth and server load
  • DNS for dozens of domains and web services
  • Domain registration and renewal
Cloudflare keeps our website and web services safe from attacks, it allows us to keep web servers lean, and it allows us to manage domains in a single interface.
  • Security: Cloudflare keeps our website safe from DDoS attacks and other malicious traffic.
  • CDN: Cloudflare caches our website content, increasing our website's reliability and reducing server load. This saves on bandwidth costs from web servers.
  • Registrar: We can migrate domains to Cloudflare, though they don't currently allow the purchase of new domain names. The benefit of this is cheaper renewal fees and fewer systems involved in managing our domains.
  • Registrar features very limited: There are benefits to moving existing domain ownership to a Cloudflare account, but there are limitations: No new domain registration; Not all TLDs are supported; Domain transfer is tedious since there is no bulk transfer option (this also locks credit cards when transferring many domains since each is an individual transaction).
  • Cost increases quickly: Many features are available free but most business websites need more advanced features, which are billed monthly. These subscriptions get costly very quickly, especially when added to separate hosting and licensing fees.
  • Complicated by nature: The services Cloudflare provides are technical in nature and therefore not straightforward. This is the nature of the service though, Cloudflare makes it as easy to use as possible.
Protecting a website against malicious traffic and DDoS attacks is all but required these days and Cloudflare makes these protections relatively easy to use and free or low cost to get started. Anybody can set up a free account which will provide rudimentary website protection, so there is really no reason not to use Cloudflare. If your website comes under attack, it is easy to get in touch with a human at Cloudflare who can advise in modifying Cloudflare settings to remediate the attack. While they cannot do anything with your website or other services, they can generally advise and assist in troubleshooting to pinpoint the source so the attack can be diffused as much as possible. Aside from the website protection features, Cloudflare provides options and tools to work with anything from a small website or company on up to large, heavily trafficked sites.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cloudflare for several use cases: cloud WAF, CDN, Certificates, and DNS. It manages our DNS domains, protecting our website with its WAF and also using caching and CDN. The WAF is protecting both cloud and on-prem websites. Our SOC team monitor all the security events, we use the API to pull the logs to the SIEM. Cloudflare also has integration with WPengine. Some permissions are granted to other departments to manage their own subdomains.
  • Simple UI.
  • Still be able to serve web pages even if the source site is down.
  • SSL certificates management.
  • On-boarding of a new domain is simple with clear instructions.
  • I wish they had more trends and reporting options.
  • No API protection.
CloudFlare has a lot to offer in one place: WAF, anti-DDOS, DNS, CDN, load balancer, and certificates. Other solutions don't offer that much, and if they do, they cost much more. So far we didn't experience major issues with the service, and Cloudflare Support was very responsive when we used them. I believe there are alternatives which focus on specific features and for that reason, they have more abilities, for example, in WAF. But if your environment doesn't require it, Cloudflare is a great solution.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Cloudflare for absolutely any project that involves creating a website. Cloudflare solves a huge range of problems you might encounter when running an online business such as having a solid SSL, speed optimizations, and all the benefits of a CDN in general. Also, you can instantly make DNS changes, which is awesome!
  • I haven't been able to spot a bug yet!
  • It's a solid CDN that will improve your sites for free.
  • Cloudflare rules are super powerful!
  • A mobile app that will allow you to adjust some basic settings on your sites would be great.
  • Reducing the HTTP requests that the Cloudflare apps are making would be great as well!
Cloudflare is essential if you are looking to have a free CDN, free SSL certificates that auto-renew, speed optimizations, instant CDN configurations, awesome apps to inject into your sites, reducing the chances to make mistakes editing the .htaccess file with rules and so much more. Also, we use it as a registrar, they are offering wholesale price on almost all the TLDs with DNSSEC that auto configure.
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Ed Hart profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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We use CloudFlare as a solution to improve application availability. Our business-critical applications are web-based SAS tools and prior to using CloudFlare, network latency or server outages, which we experienced from time to time, had a significant impact on our operations. Since implementing CloudFlare's application availability service, we have dramatically reduced network (and corresponding application) downtime.
  • Service has been reliable.
  • Service has been relatively inexpensive/good value.
  • We have seen little to no system downtime since implementing.
  • We have not had any issues with CloudFlare to speak of.
CloudFlare is best suited, in my experience, to organizations who rely on web-based applications for critical business functions and where application uptime is essential. In our situation, our ERP system is web-based and if we have sustained network outages due to servers between us and the host, that impacts all aspects of the business from customer support to accounting. CloudFlare has a lot of other product solutions, but the routing and reliability services are what's most important to us.
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Ramon Khan profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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We started using CloudFlare to supplement our hosting needs due to attacks we were having on our site which were slowing it down. This caused lost revenue and problems for our users.
  • It is very easy to setup and modify if needed.
  • They have tons of other features on the paid version that allow you to make your website even faster.
  • They keep your site live by serving cached version, even if your site is down (paid version only).
  • I have never even had to call them for support, ever. I think that speaks for itself. If you need a CDN that is going to just work 100% of the time and save you time and money, they are the way to go.
It is very good for any large sites that are vulnerable to attacks from malicious users that could slow down the site. Also for ecommerce sites that cannot afford to be down for any amount of time. If speed is a top concern, then their premium and free versions are worth a shot so that you can test out their speed features to make your site even faster.

I don't think I have ran into any issues that they could not solve or help out with, so I can't think of any areas that are weak points for them.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Cloudflare is in use for many domains under my control. It is an efficient tool to mitigate DDOS and other traffic concerns for websites. It is also a DNS management utility for domain records. This is in use for my primary domain and can even keep a website online when it is down.
  • DDOS attacks, it protects against them once nameservers are pointed at the system. CloudFlare does a good job even with their base package.
  • DNS record updates, it is very quick and easy to add or change DNS records. One of the best tools and easy to use for DNS management.
  • Reviewing traffic, CloudFlare does an excellent job of providing insight into how a website fares and how much good / bad traffic is hitting it.
  • It could use a better introduction to all of its features. Even the basic package has a lot of features and one is left to discover all of it on one's own.
CloudFlare does a superb job of being a one-stop-shop for domain services. It updates you if there are any security threats as well as provides best practice recommendations including SSL certificates and other secure traffic concerns. The base package is useful just to see the traffic hitting one's website and how many are "unique" visitors.
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August 14, 2018

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Score 9 out of 10
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CloudFlare is a fantastic service, and we use many of its free and paid offerings. CloudFlare's core product offering is a CDN solution, and is unique in that it offers a free service tier that includes its CDN edge locations and free SSL termination. CloudFlare also has a number of more SMB/Enterprise features, again, primarily through its CDN, with its focus being on supporting uptime for customers.
  • CloudFlare's free CDN and free SSL tier are both great tools for those who are new to web development
  • CloudFlare's basic product includes basic DDoS protection
  • CloudFlare's cost structure is well-suited to most applications; there is a tremendous amount of functionality available on the free and $20/mo tiers
  • CloudFlare has expressed that it can be politically motivated, removing content from its system that its CEO did not agree with
  • CloudFlare's SSL termination arrangement can be difficult for new developers to understand -- particularly if it is setup in a way where traffic from CloudFlare to the origin is not protected by SSL. Its explanation of how this works is not user-friendly and over-emphasizes convenience over security.
We use CloudFlare primarily in situations where we need a simple-to-use, free or cheap CDN. For most uses that are deeper integrated into other services, we tend to select offerings from Amazon, Google, or Microsoft Azure, as those tend to work better with other products from those companies.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I use CloudFlare as the DNS server for my domains. CloudFlare provides fast DNS and also mask the IP address of our domain making it less likely to have DDoS attacks.
  • Very Fast
  • Intuitive Interface easy for managing multiple domains
  • Nice add-ons such as a CDN and included at no extra cost SSL certificates
  • Would love to see wildcard domains available in lower cost plans.
CloudFlare is great if you are looking for a fast DNS service that will mask your IP address.
While I use a paid plan, their free tier is amazing and should not be discounted or overlooked if you are just getting started.
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Score 10 out of 10
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CloudFlare security puts a 'virtual shield' around your website. In an era where the cloud is becoming the preferred way to deliver content, CloudFlare secures and improves the performance of your website as well. Their DDoS protection allows you to prevent attacks without changing hardware, software or website code.
  • DDoS Attacks
  • Prevents false positive loads
  • Compression and minification for improved request load time
  • IP reputation-based monitoring system
  • Serving cached resources directly from physical memory
  • Real-time visibility and control
  • Protection of non-web infrastructure services (FTP, SMTP, VoIP, etc.)
CloudFlare is one of the very few CDN service providers that offer a robust, free CDN service for all its users. The best part about it is that you don’t need to pay a dime for it irrespective of how much traffic your site’s generating, which is a proposition that’s hard to beat.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are using CloudFlare as DDOS blocker, SSL for websites and many small internal features for performance boost. Its being used across the whole organization.
  • Best DNS Manager.
  • SSL and CDN are awesome for websites.
  • Detailed Analytics of Data captured when user visits Website.
  • Customer support and community is active and responds fast.
  • Customer Support via Phone Call and Other instant Chat features.
  • For our developer, caching was creating problem which created a downtime of the website for 30 min. So aching is an area where you need to focus if you are working with a dynamic website.
  • Options to Select region for Customized CDN.
I already did, I even recommended it to a few startup companies. Also I will definitely recommend it if a friend is working on some blogs or website of his own.
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Score 10 out of 10
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CloudFlare is being used on our website and many other websites that we've worked on. It's a very good product to protect our websites and manage DNS.
  • Best DNS Management
  • CDN for static assets
  • CloudFlare Free SSL
  • Hiding my original IP to protect my web server
  • Always on Mode: Showing cached pages when my server is down
  • Protection from DDoS and many other threats
  • Apps
  • Many more...
  • I don't think I've found any points where CloudFlare is having missing points, they are continuously improving the product.
It does all the things that one web administrator requires starting from DNS management to Always on Mode.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use CloudFlare as our DNS service with SSL support.
  • Simply add and configure as many subdomains as you want
  • Manage cryptography settings for your website (SSL)
  • Easyly configure CDN for each subdomain
  • When we change domain settings (SSL for example) they are not set immediately, but we need to wait some hours. Sometimes this has been an inconvenience.
DNS configuration with very easy CDN settings. Also you can use free SSL CloudFlare certificates and it is very easy to configure.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use CloudFlare for many client sites. It provides a quick and easy performance layer and SSL. It is a very quick solution for sites that need a bit of a performance boost in the frontend and/or an SSL certificate, and either has server or budget limitations that prevent other solutions.

  • Caching
  • Redundancy
  • SSL
  • DNS Management
  • CDN
  • Security
  • User Interface - clunky when managing multiple sites in the same account
  • Error catching/logging - sometimes difficult to troubleshoot non-standard situations
  • Page Rules - great feature, very versatile, but could be more intuitive
Great for small, simple sites with few non-standard situations. Good for WordPress and other CMS/Frameworks that have a pre-built plugin. Otherwise, you may need some expertise or assistance to configure and troubleshoot your particular situation. The more dynamic the site in terms of backend interaction, the more chance for these types of situations. Also, watch out for server firewalls which can block CloudFlare's IPs and cause problems. Ideally, you'll need access to update these settings or a responsive and helpful hosting support.
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Score 10 out of 10
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CloudFlare is used on every website we build except in the rare circumstance a client is unable or unwilling to move their DNS. At a bare minimum CloudFlare's DNS management is better than anything I've seen from another registrar. Their free SSL certificates are a no brainer. The crowdsourced security measures can't be beat. I honestly don't know why someone wouldn't use CloudFlare-- even the free plan is quite powerful.
  • DNS management - Drop dead simple and fast interface, but not lacking on functionality
  • SSL Certificates - Easy and secure. Turning on SSL is as simple as pushing a button. There's no requirement to install anything on your server.
  • Crowdfunded security
  • CDN - CloudFlare uses a nonstandard CDN that automatically caches assets from your sites across the globe. This not only removes some straing on your own server(s) but speeds up the site for global users as well.
  • Multiple Users - It would be great to be able to have multiple users on one account.
  • Itemized Cache - Would love to see a list of files that have been cached by CloudFlare's CDN and when they will expire. Also nice to optionally remove one or more files from the cache.
I can't think of a scenario where CloudFlare isn't appropriate. The only time somebody shouldn't use it is if they have internal requirements prohibiting them from using alternate DNS managers. It can be slightly more cumbersome for a novice user to have to set up another account to manage their domain too, but it's 100% worth the few extra minutes to get this up and running.
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Score 8 out of 10
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I am using Cloudflare to add another layer of security and reliability to my company website and services, both a front-facing website as a pass-through to a VPS. I value the easy to use dashboard and reporting it provides as well as the value its security provides.
  • DDoS protection
  • Security
  • Low-latency caching
  • Logging
  • Cache purging
Super fast implementation of CDN functionality and security. It is very easy to disable these features during development or for troubleshooting as well. The dashboard makes it easy to manage these features, especially the ones unnecessary for low-traffic situations.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We provide our hosting customers free CloudFlare services integrated right into their control panel. The CloudFlare plugin allows budget-minded site owners a way to get CDN-like services for a fraction of the cost as a more robust traditional dedicated CDN service. It has added benefits like a web application firewall and several other useful features which are popular among it's users.
  • Extremely easy to set up. A click of a button in the case of GlowHost customers. If shopping direct, the setup may be a bit more involved, but it is typically a matter of updating nameservers or modifying an A record or two.
  • The web app firewall is managed, which means CloudFlare users do not have to be constantly updating security policy for their web sites. It is all done for them.
  • There is a bug when Free CloudFlare accounts coming from a cPanel host who have the CloudFlare plugin installed attempt to sign up for an account with CloudFlare directly.
  • They could/should reward their partners for paid accounts upgrades or free accounts which have converted to paid. Monetarily is one way, but it does not necessarily have to be money. Mentions and co-branding or other marketing would be nice as well.
CloudFlare is great for shared hosting customers and perhaps even SMBs. These comprise about 90% of the sites on the Internet so CloudFlare is a great solution for the majority of sites out there. Enterprise customers probably already have their own dedicated CDN solutions and in-house IT departments in place.
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CloudFlare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS security to business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).

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