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What is Cloudflare?

Cloudflare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS and bot mitigation security for business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).
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Onboarding

It was very easy to choose it for our needs. When we started looking for software according to our needs, we found Cloudflare such tool which was easy to use and performance was very well. We immediately signed up for this and started using it the same day. As soon as it was successfully …
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Onboarding

There are two ways to get started with Cloudflare; the first is to make Cloudflare your domain name server (DNS). Changing the domain's nameservers at the registrar to the ones Cloudflare provides when onboarding a domain and creating the necessary DNS entries in the Cloudflare DNS dashboard …
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Onboarding

Easy to onboard. We had to basically create a documentation based on Cloudflare documentation and share with the team. One or another had issues and we had the IT team help our, but at the end of the day it was simple. For other "behind the scenes" solutions the implementation and onboard of the …
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Onboarding

Detailed discussion would be required so that we can plan for implementing or onboarding of Cloudflare application for data prevention and security.
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Onboarding

Using Cloudflare provided immediate results by reducing bot traffic to our site and connecting people to the quickest allocated server near their location. It is simple to implement and works immediately once your setup is complete.
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Onboarding

We got used to the use of the app easily. It was a one-week adjustment period for us. However, since there is often an innovation or a design change in the Cloudflare administration panel, you need to be open to innovations.
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1 month after implementing for DNS and reduce traffic. as people will quickly be aware of this. It justify itself with the egress cost reduction since many traffic with the proxied setting is greatly reduced. And the easy and seamless migration to the Cloudflare DNS actually done half the work of …
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Onboarding

Takes 15 minutes to get your domain and DNS transferred, largely thanks to scanning DNS records for you (minor changes might be needed).
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Onboarding

Assuming competent personnel are tasked with the task, setting up Cloudflare is a breeze. Setup was completed by trained experts right here in house. As a result, setting it up was a breeze. Starting with installation, Cloudflare provides assistance. Your DNS updates will propagate in under a …
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Onboarding

The onboarding process for Cloudflare was fairly straightforward. It was easy to implement and without the need to contact Cloudflare's customer service agents. We were able to get our website up and running with Cloudflare, as soon as the nameservers changed at our domain name provider's end. …
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Onboarding

Cloudflare onboarding was extremely smooth. I just need to point my domain to Cloudflare DNS and I'm ready to go with all Cloudflare's DNS, DDoS, CDN, and WAF features. When we started with Cloudflare, Cloudflare didn't even have Registrar feature. Now with Registrar feature, we can register …
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Onboarding

It takes minutes. A little configuration here and there and you are done. The results take a while and after that you tweek at your own pace. In our case it was an evolving process which improved with time rather than a set and forget tool.
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Onboarding

Cloudfare is easy to setup provided it is done by experienced professionals. We had in house professionals who did the setup. So there was no issue as such in setting it up. Cloudfare helps you right from the time you set it up. It propagates your DNS records in less than a minute. This itself …
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Onboarding

Very easy to work with, and much easier than Akamai that had a 30 day trial period (which apparently started the day I talked to the sales person and not when I actually got access to their system), so after 15 days of trying it out, and waiting multiple days for them to analyze why their system …
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Onboarding

We have used Cloudflare from over 7 years now; it works fine, it works quickly and most of all it is reliable. Everytime we add a new domain and configure a new site, we know it will not take long to start working as we expect. As well, the few times we have required their support, they answer …
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Onboarding

The onboarding process for our organization's Cloudflare integration was seamless. We were able to get up and running quickly with the help of Cloudflare's straightforward platform and comprehensive documentation. It didn't take long before we started seeing value in our implementation as we …
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Onboarding

I especially wanted to try out the FREE plan, which was a little tricky to setup (because, obviously, they want you to sign up for a paid plan), but once I figured that out, it was a breeze to setup and connect my domain to the service.
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$20

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  • No setup fee

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Product Details

What is Cloudflare?

Cloudflare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS and bot mitigation security for business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cloudflare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS and bot mitigation security for business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).

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Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.6.

The most common users of Cloudflare are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews

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Prabhakar Upadhyay | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I was facing the problem of slow speed and bot attacks on my websites. So we decided to use Cloudflare's CDN and spam protection services. It helped us a lot in improving our website speed as it has 275 data centers. And, it also helped us to block bot and spam visits to our websites.
  • It improved our website speed.
  • It prevents bot and spam visits very well.
  • Its caching system is very good so that it always shows updated website content to our users.
  • It provides free security (SSL and other security features) to pur websites.
  • Sometimes nameservers take a long time to update.
  • It offers very limited services for free users.
  • In this, if you are stuck in a problem, you have to fight hard to get that solution.
It is well suited to high-traffic e-commerce websites and they also receive payments, so it provides added security. It also works well for websites that get traffic from all over the world. It serves content to global users using its CDN. On the other hand, it is less suitable for websites with a lot of customization as it often breaks them.
It was very easy to choose it for our needs. When we started looking for software according to our needs, we found Cloudflare such tool which was easy to use and performance was very well. We immediately signed up for this and started using it the same day. As soon as it was successfully implemented it started working like magic. Within the next few weeks, We started seeing the results on our websites.
Many times it happened that we ran into very complex problems which were new to us. We contacted the support but they didn't help much. They just kept on giving us generic instructions. And many times their response came too late. They also do not have a good knowledge base where I can find solutions to my problems.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I used Cloudflare on my websites to keep them secure.
  • improve website load times
  • Keep websites secure
  • Easy to use
  • Great Service
  • Incompatible with express.js
  • Each domain can only have one script.
It took roughly 7 seconds to load the PHP-based site. The site had been hosted on a shared server in Sydney while using CloudFlare. In our experience building the @TuffTruck website, we discovered that DigitalOcean was incredibly quick—so fast that Australian users experienced a 2-second speed boost despite the company's international location. We discovered that several WordPress plugins were significantly increasing the TTFB; disabling all plugins resulted in a 1.5-second reduction in the time it took WordPress to reply. Using an "on/off" method, we narrowed it down to two plugins by Ontraport (a customer relationship management tool used to fill out parts of the forms). We ditched it in favor of a custom WordPress plugin that only sends data to Ontraport when necessary. Now that we have a workable time for the first byte (TTFB), we can focus on reducing the total page load time. By activating Cloudflare's HTML/CSS/JS minifications and Rocket Loader, we could get our collection of test pages, including the homepage, to load [in full] in a little more than 2 seconds.
There are two ways to get started with Cloudflare; the first is to make Cloudflare your domain name server (DNS). Changing the domain's nameservers at the registrar to the ones Cloudflare provides when onboarding a domain and creating the necessary DNS entries in the Cloudflare DNS dashboard constitutes setting up the DNS. Both processes are user-friendly and easy to get started. Assistance is always available if needed.
In a nutshell, Cloudflare is a renowned content delivery network (CDN) that provides dependable services that can assist in making your website perform more smoothly. They have a wide variety of possibilities, so there is a good chance that one of them will suit your needs. I enjoy the responsive service I get.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cloudflare is an out of the box easy to plug in solution for a lot of problems companies faces. For instance it easily adds web protection to your websites and improve performance over web traffic and DNS. It is pretty easy to use for average users, but there are lots of cool configurations for advanced users. They offer an AMAZING free tier that enables smalls/startup companies to really take advantage and grow with them. If you need a security vendor for modern architecture you will probably find everything you need on Cloudflare on a engineering perspective.
I suggest trying out their ZTNA solution which is awesome and is something really interesting for modern companies with distributed workforces working remotely.
  • WAF
  • ZTNA
  • DNS
  • HTTPS Enforce
  • CDN
  • ZTNA
  • Terraform Integration
If you need a web application firewall you can use Cloudflare.
If you need fine tuned access control for your services when you have remote distributed workforce you can use ZTNA.
If you need to share local application with someone you can use cloudflared.
If you need DNS you can use Cloudflare.
If you need CDN you can use Cloudflare.
If you need DDOS protection you can use Cloudflare.
If you need to ensure traffic encryption for you website or your workforce you can use cloudflare.
Easy to onboard. We had to basically create a documentation based on Cloudflare documentation and share with the team. One or another had issues and we had the IT team help our, but at the end of the day it was simple. For other "behind the scenes" solutions the implementation and onboard of the team was quick because Cloudflare have a easy to use interface and terms. You can experience the value in less than a month and the learning curve is not big.
Never used support.
Ankit Mittal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
When a website has graphical content, Cloudflare CDN delivers faster content to end user. It increases site speed by lowering load time, which enhances user experience. It has been one of the most dependable Cloud DNS Providers.
  • It is one the fastest cloud DNS providers
  • Reduces website loading time
  • Lowers the cost on DNS
  • Needed other web features along with cloud DNS
  • Cost should be lower on premium plans
Cloudflare is an industry leader in its field. They are one of the best solutions for us to maintain our site loading quickly so that our users have a positive experience. It also saves money by minimising bot traffic and providing our visitors with the greatest possible experience with our website's features.
Cloudflare implementation is simple and straightforward. They give beginner documentation as well as customer support if we need assistance in setting up.
They provide prompt assistance through a variety of methods, including email and phone calls. They provide support via chat platforms as well, and they are always there when we require assistance.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have State Data Centre hosting more than 500 departments' data, and the challenges of data leaks and data security is increasing day by day even though we have a good set-up. To overcome these challenges, a detailed discussion is required with the Cloudflare team regarding the usefulness of Cloudflare data security and API data leaks prevention tools at our data center.
  • Just attended one webinar on API Data Leak Prevention.
  • We may discuss at length for the use of Cloudflare at our State Data Centre for data security, and API data leak prevention process.
  • For security aspects so that we can safe guard our data and APIs.
  • More discussion required at length for use of Cloudflare.
  • Cloudflare application POC may be made if possible.
  • Although the presentation made on API Data Leak prevention was excellent and hope it will be the best use for us.
Best Presentation includes a live demo of the application too, and therefore, we may discuss at length for the use of Cloudflare at our State Data Centre for data security and API data leaks prevention process.
Detailed discussion would be required so that we can plan for implementing or onboarding of Cloudflare application for data prevention and security.
Hope excellent support will be extended for discussion and POC & Further implementation. That's why a rating of 9 is given at present.
💻 Joel Herbert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cloudflare is basically the lifeblood of Grabify. We heavily utilize it for its many features, such as DDoS protection, as well as using it as a CDN and its built-in analytics. With Cloudflare's WAF, we are able to craft specific rules just for our site's specific needs. Highly recommend Cloudflare.
  • It's DDoS protection is second to none.
  • It was able to speed up our site with a click of a button.
  • It's saves us thousands on our data usage.
  • Faster dashboard loading.
  • Global search.
If a website has many users or is an active target, Cloudflare's DDoS protection and load balancing will save the day. They are easily the best in the business when it comes to this level of protection.
Was up and going within 5 minutes.
Support could be better for the business package as it can be quite slow at times.
Nikhil Sachdeva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cloudflare helps us in caching our entire website. It also helps us in lowering our server bandwidth utilization. In another aspect, our website security shield enhances overall website security. With their world-class technology, Cloudflare CDN improves the uptime of our website.
  • Cloudflare is the most affordable global CDN
  • It is easy to set up and running instantantly
  • It's CDN reduces the load on the actual server
  • Need more premium plan options
  • Dashboard should have more detailed analytics options
Cloudflare helps to lower our bandwidth load on our hosting provider by providing our web apps at more consistent and respectable load times to those remote from the main server. The nearest data center servicing a visitor of your website using geographical advantage is the best thing that can happen to the performance of your website, especially when a standard shared hosting is present.
Using Cloudflare provided immediate results by reducing bot traffic to our site and connecting people to the quickest allocated server near their location. It is simple to implement and works immediately once your setup is complete.
Cloudflare support has been excellent, with highly helpful team members always ready to assist with any issue. They have a dedicated team for us to assist us personally. They are also reachable by email and phone.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use our websites for DNS service, firewall protection, traffic analysis and caching. We are protected from bot attacks that are made for malicious purposes and to make the website unable to serve. Cloudflare has a very good service against bot attacks.Thanks to the CDN service it offers, it caches websites and ensures that they are loaded in a shorter time.
  • DDoS Protection
  • DNS service
  • CDN
  • Page Rules
  • Load Balancing
  • The location of the menus in the administration panel changes a lot. The interface design is constantly updated. This is both a good feature and a bad feature.
It is very useful in cases such as getting an SSL certificate for your applications, protecting from DDoS attacks, analyzing your traffic.If your site doesn't have a custom caching method, Cloudflare can do it for you. It optimizes the size of your images and provides you with a CDN service. It provides a service focused on security, performance and continuity to your site.It will solve your problem if your site is getting hacked and your site is loading late. It is also cost-effective, as it does these over DNS instead of a server.
We got used to the use of the app easily. It was a one-week adjustment period for us. However, since there is often an innovation or a design change in the Cloudflare administration panel, you need to be open to innovations.
We've never contacted Cloudflare support directly, but that doesn't mean we haven't had any issues. We solved our problem ourselves, as their technical documentation was quite successful. The community also helped us a lot with solutions that we could not find in the documents.
Hansen Setiady | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It manage our Internet present starting with DNS routing as well as primary cloud security. The biggest early impact the traffic that comes in to our websites. It reduces massive traffic and since we are using hyperscaler, it means a lot of cost reduction. that benefit alone justify the usage of Cloudflare.
  • Fast DNS, with such easy migration and deployment
  • A great dashboard that allows us to get much of the in-demand information right away.
  • it's fully SaaS model allow easy on/off capabilities and some even offer a free quota to start the experience.
  • more information and Integration between newer function and how does it will took it place in the overall existing platform
  • more pricing scheme, I believe by having a pricing bracket on top of $200 tier with some human interaction and/or consultation will greatly improve the user experience.
  • by being in Indonesia and having loads of user here, I think more local presence (Indonesia) would be much appreciated
  • More functionality in both end point as well as personal endpoint(not corporate) will help increase interest and benefit in Cloudflare
Cloudflare is best for most usage scenarios, but the beauty is that you can start free. So it can start when day 1 of our corporate / personal internet business and scale from there. Cloudflare ensure that your website can be found and the implementation really easy. After that you can aim for more internet security and a bunch of other features with a great pre-defined setup by upgrading your subscription.
1 month after implementing for DNS and reduce traffic. as people will quickly be aware of this. It justify itself with the egress cost reduction since many traffic with the proxied setting is greatly reduced. And the easy and seamless migration to the Cloudflare DNS actually done half the work of gaining support/reputation for our management
first of all, the platform is so easy that many are easy enough to understand. but when you need to call for support, the are very supportive and willing to help. they are quite informative and quickly understand our concerns. however some support are limited depending on your subscription level which is as it should be. So you might want to check whether your current tier is the right one for you
Ghanshyam Thumar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We were used godaddy server for the large scale website and content based on website so once we choose Cloudflare it's really provided CDN, secure and fast TTFB with server request and response.
  • Fast CDN
  • Secure server
  • Easy to integrate with website
  • Very high page speed get
  • Improve CDN same as on AWS
Without Cloudflare we didn't get TTFB response very well so we integrated Cloudflare for first response and stored all images, video and content and other assets to store and load data.
Yes, we implemented Cloudflare for our many ecommerce and CMS website so after integrated with cloudflare, all website perform fast, secure and ROI increased.
Always got good support and provided very technical support to debug problem with resolutions.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • To improve website speed and performance, as it can serve traffic from the nearest locations to the user and reduce the wait time
  • DNS services
  • Protect against security threats such as DDoS attacks and malware
  • Web application firewall (WAF) and SSL/TLS encryption to enhance the security and privacy of their website
  • DNS - provides really simple way to import all the existing DNS entries and then manage it
  • Security - protects against the bad actors, has WAF and pre-configured rules
  • DDoS protection - makes sure that the website is protected from DDoS attacks
  • DNS speed is not the fastest as compared to some of the other paid alternatives
  • Interface can be sometimes confusing for a new user
  • Some of the advanced features are locked in Pro plans
The product is well suited for organization of any size as Cloudflare has various usecases which it solves well. It can handle all the DNS requirements, protect you against bad actors via its WAF and DDOS protection services. Overall it is a solution which any website should ideally place in front without thinking twice.
We could do it all by ourselves and did not any help.
Have not taken help ever.
January 17, 2023

Rainbows and Unicorns

Adam Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Cloudflare for DNS & CDN which are a powerful combination with headers provided from the web server
  • Content Delivery Network caching
  • API connectivity for manual cache clearing of individual items
  • API rate limiting
  • DNS is second-to-none
  • Domain name registration
  • Domain name registration / renewal is a little clunky UX
  • CDN cache persistence and distribution could last significantly longer
With PAAS exposing databases direct to users by default, adding an API gateway is an important path to a more secure and scalable system. Cloudflare can provide this without significant development overheads.
Takes 15 minutes to get your domain and DNS transferred, largely thanks to scanning DNS records for you (minor changes might be needed).
N/A
January 16, 2023

CLOUDFLARE is a must

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
To improve the performance and security of our company's websites and services. It protects our Internet properties from harmful activities such as DDoS attacks and other foul violation.
  • Developer platform - The security and reliability of using Cloudflare is just mindblowing, like almost all of your problems can be solved by Cloudflare.
  • Website Security - I have a side website, a forum where techy people meets and from time to time there's a DDOS attack. *Peak request per second: 800 k/thousand* *Average request per second: 100 k/thousand*. Still, our website is working without any problem. Cloudflare is a must.
  • Website Performance - the name says it all.
  • Not enough information on data that is being cached.
  • Be more detailed for explanations of features.
  • Improve the learning tutorial for newbies.
I have a side website, a forum where techy people meets and from time to time there's a DDOS attack. Peak request per second: 800 k/thousand Average request per second: 100 k/thousand Still, our website is working without any problem. Cloudflare is a must.
Our organization's websites, especially my own website(outside our organization/company) perform faster and safer globally thanks to cloudflare.
I have never contacted support for this product.
Joel Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Cloudflare as load balancer and server proxy, Cloudflare has uptime detection and routes traffic to the severs in our pool that have good health. We also use Cloudflare for resource monitoring and traffic analysis.
  • Load balancing
  • DDOS protection
  • Health Monitoring
  • Easy Configuration
  • Good Pricing
  • Explaining complicated concepts with simple terminology
  • Explaining the benefits of particular features
The load balancer allows us to split our traffic across multiple servers, if a server goes down our customer are routed to a different server, which has helped up provide a near 100% uptime, which is critical to our service.
Setup takes no longer than 1 day for the first time including testing against a test environment, which would be much faster for those with previous experience with Cloudflare.
I'm not sure, we have never used their customer support.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am using a business plan in Cloudflare for the last 1 year. I don't have an Idea about some of the features. The webinar will use to update my knowledge about Cloudflare so I can fulfill my requirements.
  • User friendly
  • Low Cost
  • good to for DDoS attack
  • it's make the website is faster
  • Cache management will be there
  • Domain Control and DNS Management
  • Chat and Mail Support need to be improve
  • Some time it will block genuine traffic also
New beginner and Startup companies can highly be Suited platforms for Web security for PRO and Business plans. In this corona pandemic situation we are comeback in market the help of Cloudflare.
we are using site Security. DNS management is very simple and easy to access.
I have contacted the support team twice in the year. For us only available chat and Mail. we are unable to faster the Support team, But we got the solution for our issue within 12Hrs
Melissa Bryant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We get our domain name system services from Cloudfare. We run on cPanel, and cPanel runs on Cloudfare for its DNS service. Cloudflare can automatically import DNS records for you. Its UI is both elegant and straightforward. The domain name system (DNS) propagation time is incredibly fast. Cloudfare's content delivery network (CDN) component reduces website loading times. In addition, setting it up is a breeze. In a matter of minutes, we can begin. For sites with a lot of concurrent users, this is a useful tool.
  • More quickly, consistently, and safely.
  • It offers a gorgeous and intuitive user interface that is incredibly easy to use.
  • Contains a Content Delivery Network (CDN) Feature that enables users to view Internet content, webpages, and videos more quickly.
  • In order to configure Cloudfare's DNS Servers, a resource with experience is required.
  • During the process of establishing DNS, your email configuration is vulnerable to interference from third parties.
  • The costs of the premium plans are a little high.
If you already have a solution that manages the infrastructure, then you won't be able to utilize this tool at all if your website is one of the smaller ones that doesn't require it. If you find yourself in a position to make use of it, I urge you to register for the service's free trial; I have no doubt that you will come to adore it and want to include it into your daily life.
Assuming competent personnel are tasked with the task, setting up Cloudflare is a breeze. Setup was completed by trained experts right here in house. As a result, setting it up was a breeze. Starting with installation, Cloudflare provides assistance. Your DNS updates will propagate in under a minute. The first benefits from this alone are substantial. Then, you may use the additional features to manage and set up the additional features.
Setup and configuration are made easier thanks to their responsive and helpful customer support team. Once you've made the investment in the program, you won't feel abandoned. You'll have access to plenty of help from the company's customer service team.
Yaqoob Najar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cloudflare is an essential part of web hosting services in my organization. Cloudflare helps me to provide website visitors with an added layer of SSL security, performance, and reliability. With Cloudflare, it is easy to keep customer's data safe from malicious attacks, while also providing them with a faster loading speed. Cloudflare's features like Content Delivery Network allow me to serve the content more quickly and efficiently. The Analytics feature helps to monitor and track website performance so that I can identify areas of improvement and make necessary changes.
  • It offers a range of security features to protect against malicious actors, including DDoS protection, malware scanning, and SSL/TLS encryption.
  • It provides a range of performance-enhancing features, such as content delivery networks (CDNs), DNS acceleration, and caching.
  • Provides additional features like automatic minification of code and image optimization (lazy loading).
  • Switching between the Full SSL and Flexible SSL feature could be improved.
  • Integration with third-party platforms could also be improved. It would be beneficial to have more comprehensive and seamless integrations with popular platforms.
I found Cloudflare to be well suited for website owners who want to protect their website from malicious attacks, defend against DDoS threats, and improve website performance. Cloudflare's content delivery network (CDN) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection are especially useful for websites that rely on high traffic and need to remain accessible during heavy traffic periods.
But, on the other hand, Cloudflare is somehow less appropriate for sites that host sensitive information and require a high level of security. Cloudflare does not offer the same level of security as a dedicated server, and can be vulnerable to certain types of attacks.
The onboarding process for Cloudflare was fairly straightforward. It was easy to implement and without the need to contact Cloudflare's customer service agents. We were able to get our website up and running with Cloudflare, as soon as the nameservers changed at our domain name provider's end. Overall, the onboarding process was quick and seamless.
I would rate the overall support for Cloudflare as a 8 out of 10. The Cloudflare team is always quick to respond to any questions or concerns, and they are very knowledgeable and helpful. They are always willing to take the time to explain things in detail, and they have a great help centre with plenty of resources to help us troubleshoot any issues.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I manage websites for a variety of small businesses. I also manage their emails. Having a reliable DNS is critical to my business. Cloudflare not only provides a reliable managed DNS solution for me, but it also provides DDoS protection and web application firewall if you enable traffic through Cloudflare. Most recently, Cloudflare introduced a better captcha to detect robots. Best of all, Cloudflare is free to start using.
  • Fast DNS
  • Reliable DNS resolution
  • Quick DNS propagation
  • Crowded UI as new features are released
  • WAF difficult to troubleshoot (diagnose where traffic is being blocked)
  • Built-in analytics not very useful
Cloudflare is suited for startups that need reliable DNS and DDoS protection for their Internet exposed assets. That is because startups usually don't have a lot of cash for more expensive services and Cloudflare is free to start. As an added bonus, Cloudflare provides free CDN services if you route traffic through Cloudflare's network (configurable at the DNS level). Cloudflare is less suited for large enterprises that need to integrate many different services with serverless functions. As I'm writing this review, Cloudflare only offers R2 (AWS S3 alternative) and Workers (AWS Lambda alternative). Cloudflare is developing more serverless products but I'm curious if they will do well if they move away too far from what they're good at (DNS and CDN).
Cloudflare onboarding was extremely smooth. I just need to point my domain to Cloudflare DNS and I'm ready to go with all Cloudflare's DNS, DDoS, CDN, and WAF features. When we started with Cloudflare, Cloudflare didn't even have Registrar feature. Now with Registrar feature, we can register domain directly in Cloudflare. Also, Cloudflare's Registrar only charges the price for the domain that they pay for. In most cases, this is the cheapest option to get a domain as well.
I have never had to contact support for Cloudflare. Cloudflare has well-written documentation that allows me to configure and use Cloudflare without needing additional help. The DNS management console is very intuitive and easy to use. However, some figuring out is required if you want to configure your own web application firewall rules.
Jez John | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Cloudflare for client websites utilising their name server service and enhanced security features (Web Application firewall) and caching / Content Delivery network. Transferring DNS from other suppliers with a robust and easy-to-use auto-scan feature is effortless. This is especially useful when migrating from legacy providers who cannot provide a zone file export. We also like their enhanced security features and to an extent CDN and page caching.
  • Managed DNS
  • DNS record import
  • Redundant network
  • CDN and caching can be confusing to set up
  • To get the best from them you need to use their nameservers
  • At times support on their Business plan can be "here is an article" rather than asking a question. I would expect this on their free tier but not paid tiers.
Great to manage DNS with an easy-to-use interface and useful features. The security features provide peace of mind, but the caching and CDN needs some work to take real advantage of what it offers.
We didn't need any onboarding support, it was easy to get started, and the system is a pleasure to use.
Some support queries were handled well, some were here is a help document, and please work it out yourself.
Ricardo Acevedo Teran | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cloudflare is the best tool you will find to handle your DNS. It is higly configurable and has all the features you would like to see. We used it to handle over 15 domains with ease.
  • security
  • Bot prevention
  • Analytics
  • WAF
  • Pricing scheme
  • Multi domain editing
  • Premade Apps
For some smaller websites, this tool my not be needed or if your solution already handles the infraestructure then you woudnt be able to use it at all.
If you are able to use it, my recomendation is go to the website and sign in for the free solution, most likely you will end up loving it and adopting it.
It takes minutes. A little configuration here and there and you are done. The results take a while and after that you tweek at your own pace. In our case it was an evolving process which improved with time rather than a set and forget tool.
Never contacted support, altough the knowledge base is good.
Abbinow Talashi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cloudfare is our DNS Server Provider. We use cPanel and cPanel uses Cloudfare as it's DNS Server Provider. Cloudfare imports DNS records on your behalf. It has a very simple and beautiful user interface. It's DNS propagation time is very less. Cloudfare has a CDN feature which helps websites to load faster. It is also very easy to setup. We can get started in minutes. It helps to manage heavy traffic of users.
  • Has CDN Feature which allows users to see Internet content, websites, videos faster
  • It has a very user friendly and beautiful interface.
  • Faster, reliable and secure
  • Cloudfare offers free DNS Services to it's customers
  • Paid Plans are a bit expensive.
  • Requires experienced resource to configure DNS Servers in Cloudfare. Anyone else can disrupt your email configuration while configuring DNS.
1. Using Cloudfare DNS record propagation after we make changes to DNS records is completed in less than a minute. It is quite fast.
2. The user interface is beautiful. CDN in Cloudfare ensures faster downloads of websites , Content and Videos.
3. It integrates with major Hosting Providers seamlessly.
4. Also a big advantage is the base version of Cloudfare is free.
Cloudfare is easy to setup provided it is done by experienced professionals. We had in house professionals who did the setup. So there was no issue as such in setting it up. Cloudfare helps you right from the time you set it up. It propagates your DNS records in less than a minute. This itself helps you a lot initially. Then the other features help you to manage and configure other features.
They have a very active Customer Support that helps you with configuration and setup. You will not feel you are on your own once you purchase the software. You will have adequate customer support to assist you with various steps.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
  • High Performance
  • HTML as well as traditional CDN caching
  • New features
  • They are raising their prices starting May 2023, so we'll be switching to an annual plan to stay at the same rates.
I have run a web hosting company since 2005. One of those customers has high volume (~5 million monthly visits) and needs fast response time. I used to use Akamai and then Verizon/EdgeCast.

Cloudflare cold-called us and won our business with an enterprise account (which was still significantly lower cost and higher features than either of the previous two). I later switched down to the business account because the performance and support was still better, and I reduced the cost from $5,000 month to $200/month, and have better speed and features.

In short, Cloudflare has been amazing and they are always adding features to make it better. I now have other customers who use the $20 and free accounts, which are quite good as well, and enable me to use a single server for the origination.

The main feature I use is the page rules, where I have customized the rules over the years to be very performant. The automatic firewall rules are handy, and do some blocking without me even having to think about it.

I don't know of any downsides of using their free account, and have debated about moving all of my customers to use their free account and gain those benefits.
Very easy to work with, and much easier than Akamai that had a 30 day trial period (which apparently started the day I talked to the sales person and not when I actually got access to their system), so after 15 days of trying it out, and waiting multiple days for them to analyze why their system was so slow, they threatened to charge me for breaching the 24 month contract.

Switching to Cloudflare was perfect from day 1.
I've contacted cloudflare a few times over the years, and support wasn't great, but was ok. Fortunately, their product is so good that most of the time I never have to contact them at all.
January 12, 2023

Great Web Service!

Dustin Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I love Cloudflare. I use it every day for a variety of websites. I use Cloudflare for its uptime monitoring, to block against malicious traffic, and to route traffic to a secure version of websites (SSL). I love how it automatically pulls in my DNS values from the previous host and then I just switch the nameservers to get going. It's really great.
  • Routing to SSL
  • Blocking malicious traffic
  • easy to use
  • uptime monitoring
  • more detailed explanations of features
I think Cloudflare is perfect for speeding up websites, monitoring website uptime and keeping it online, routing traffic through SSL, and blocking malicious traffic (bots). If your web provider already uses Cloudflare (like Kinsta), then you probably don't need to sign up yourself. Additionally, you might not need it if your current host already has these features.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use cloudflare to manage our websites and our client's sites DNS, DNS caching and firewall. It has helped us not only to centralize the DNS management but also to reduce unexpected visitors and DDoS attacks attempts thanks to CloudFlare security features.

For some cases where we need a lot of traffic management, we have used their load balancer without having to migrate our DNS to a different system
  • DNS is easily managed, the UI is easy to use and learn
  • the firewall rules are easy to test and configure and are quick and effective
  • The "we are under attack" feature has saved our sites from DDoS attempts with only one click
  • Their Cache is easy to set and use and integrates easily with other systems
  • their analytics could hold more data
  • some DNS may be misconfigured but they do not show information about it
  • The documentation may be tricky to use; it is usually easier to try directly in the UI instead of searching through the documentation
Cloudflare works great for any DNS you need to manage and whose website and hosting is managed by you directly; specially if you need to show static data, public information and you are waiting for a lot of traffic.

If your site is hosted in a service such as Cpanel, it is better to check if the provider allows to connect with Cloudflare. Else, it may be tricky to make them work and you may lose some features when removing the DNS from Cpanel service.
We have used Cloudflare from over 7 years now; it works fine, it works quickly and most of all it is reliable. Everytime we add a new domain and configure a new site, we know it will not take long to start working as we expect. As well, the few times we have required their support, they answer quickly and effectively.
During our time working with cloudflare, there are few times we have required to contact their support. The UI is clear, the system works fine and smooth so it is rare the occasion where we need to contact them. The few times we have done it, They answered quickly and helped us with our issues
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Cloudflare makes it easy for DNS Management for all of WordPress websites. With its intuitive user interface, we can quickly set up our domain name servers and configure settings in just a few clicks. We can also manage multiple domains from a single account, making it simpler than ever to keep track of all your websites. From a security standpoint, Cloudflare is unmatched. It uses advanced DDoS protection techniques to effectively prevent malicious attacks on our websites.
  • Dns Management
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Speed Optimization
  • DDoS protection
  • Great Documentation and Knowledge Base
  • Integrated Analytics
  • Pricing Structure for Plans
  • Interface Customization
We mainly use it for DNS management in Cloud Services such as Digital Ocean. We also benefit from malware attacks, high spikes in traffic and overall performance. On the other hand, Cloudflare may not be the most suitable solution for small websites with little traffic or those that don’t need many advanced features. The platform may be too complex to set up and use without significant technical knowledge or experience and there may be no real benefit to using it on simpler sites.
The onboarding process for our organization's Cloudflare integration was seamless. We were able to get up and running quickly with the help of Cloudflare's straightforward platform and comprehensive documentation. It didn't take long before we started seeing value in our implementation as we experienced reduced page load times, improved website performance, and better security protection against potential cyber threats.
We have never used the customer support since we use the documentation and knowledge base. We were also able to easily configure our DNS settings through Cloudflare's intuitive dashboard. This allowed us to customize our domain name servers and set up redirects quickly and efficiently. We use the documentation for DNS records such as A/AAAA records, CNAME records, MX records, TXT records, SPF records, SRV records.
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