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We utilize Cloudflare for our domain web hosting as well as DNS services and security for our business. Cloudflare makes administration …

Cloudflare WAF

10
Cloudflare is used in our business for its Web Application Firewall (WAF) and automated failover features. With the WAF we have been able …

Best DDos protection tool

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Cloudflare is the best tool to hide your server IP as they are providing proxy service to protect servers and it's almost impossible to …

Cloudflare is a no brainer.

8
We primarily use Cloudflare for data compression and site speed increases where our other WordPress plugins might not work. Each month it …

New Cloudflare customer

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We recently decided to incorporate Cloudflare into our network attack mitigation efforts. We use applications today and based on one of …

Saves me time and money!

9
I've been using Cloudflare for several years for several websites that I run for businesses and for clients. For the most part, I just use …

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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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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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What is Cloudflare's best feature?

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

Who uses Cloudflare?

The most common users of Cloudflare are from Small Businesses and the Computer Software industry.

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Score 8 out of 10
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Cloudfare is used to cache our websites , It does help us to bring down the load time of the websites. It does have integrated firewall , DNS ,Bot mitigation and DDOS protection. All these are the core pillars of security. It is very easy to use and also have a great customer support. The analytics dashboard which they provide is much useful and easy to understand on various parameters.They do have excellent pricing which is more affordable. The free plan will be useful to experience their service for the first time.
  • DDOS protection
  • CDN helps to cache our websites and speed up the website load time.
  • Bot mitigation
  • Analytic dashboard provide more information on various parameter
  • They do provide good pricing
  • Customer support is good
  • Page rules are bit confusing
  • There are only less features included in free version
  • There are less documentation available online
  • The pricing of pro to bussiness plan is huge
Cloudflare helps us to keep our website safe and secure and it does help to cache our websites to improve loading speed of the websites. We do use reverse proxy setup which gives extra layer of security to our web servers against DDOS attacks. One should undergo some learning curve in order to expertise in this. They also have convenient price structure and free version of product to experience their service.
Onboarding of cloudflare is very smooth , It took about a month to get used to their product. We have undergone some learning curve to work on this. There were some roadblocks for us , But support team helped us to overcome those issues. We are very much satisfied with their service and support.
They do have good knowledged peers to help us to get our queries resolved. They are very fast and supportive.
Igor Neumann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We started using Cloudflare as a way to both, speed up our (then) slow WordPress page and get a free SSL certificate. Unfortunately, it didn't manage to speed up the process as planned as most of the slowness was due to database connections, but we did keep using it for SSL and IP obfuscation where it does an excellent job. We ended up getting a fast dedicated server and switched to letsencrypt for our professional page, as the complicated system hit Cloudflare´s timeout frequently but I still use Cloudflare for all my personal pages and frequently recommend it for smaller pages with slower servers. Its IP obfuscation, SSL certificates, and CDN function work pretty well, speeding up the download of larger files, other optimizations, especially javascript are a mixed bag, breaking some systems so it's necessary to make some thorough tests for those or just avoiding the advanced optimizations keeping the default settings. It's a MUST HAVE for anyone still not using HTTPS (SSL) on their page yet and very easy and straightforward to set up, needing only a nameserver change in your domain. Despite its ads, don't expect magic though, a slow page will never turn into a quick one just adding Cloudflare unless you have a very specific slow connection for static content.
  • 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)
  • Personalize the page's timeout (300sec fixed now, some backend processes couldn't be done and that's the reason we stop using it in my company)
  • Option to have optimizations activated in just some pages.
Most of my Cloudflare recommendations are for personal or small pager or stores, the main reason is undoubtedly the FREE SSL certificate, it is way less useful when you do have a good server setup with your own SSL and optimizations on top. At least in its free plan, it's NOT recommendable for bigger systems with backend processes where you have large database queries as you can hit its timeout that can be changed, that said, it's a good 300 seconds timeout, your page should never take more than this, except if its a bulk backend process that doesn't affect usability (our case).
It was basically instantaneous. I installed it on my personal page one day, tested it for a couple of days, then on the staging website on the company and 2 days after that we had our production website correctly set up. We really needed SSl as Google was starting to punish unsafe connections, we knew right away the SSL worked fine and started to enjoy its benefits almost instantly (the time it took to update the DNSs)
I never asked for Cloudflare's support, it's not fair to reduce its score to 10 for it. To be fair, there is something very positive about using a platform for years and never need any kind of support, that would also be a 1/10.
Daniel Anjos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cloudflare is our company CDN and is heavily used for all kinds of heavy features like Domain Name Service (DNS) and denial of service protection (DDoS mitigation), Global load balance and traffic analysis, Firewall, and other BOT control solutions. Cloudflare is integrated heavily with our products and it's industry standard for network services. Their services are especially good to avoid vendor lock-in and cloud-agnostic solutions since Cloudflare works well with Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Bot Mitigation.
  • DDoS protection.
  • Globally Load Balanced CDN.
  • Easy-to-use DNS.
  • Node computing.
  • Storage like S3.
Cloudflare is industry standard in web traffic, it provided instant detection and monitoring when Facebook services went down during October 2021 Facebook outage, being able to identify the problem and announce it faster than any other service. We rely heavily on Cloudflare for CDN and DNS services for all our applications, and for Firewall and DDoS/BOT attack detection and mitigation and their solutions have been always fast and reliable.
When I joined Cloudflare was already a key part of TransferWise infrastructure, as you can see on our technical blog post about our engineering stack: https://www.wise.jobs/2020/05/21/transferwise-stack-2020-edition/ I believe the onboarding and implementation process was fairly easy as we integrated early on, and all new services are protected and integrated with Cloudflare solutions from the get-go. We immediately begin to get value from Cloudflare in savings from hosting and network costs due to CDN optimisation, and also DDoS and BOT protection as we grow and get more popular.
Cloudflare support has super fast response time when we have incidents like DDoS and BOT attacks. The support team can quickly identify patterns and suggest mitigations for such problems so we continue to rely on their expertise and experience in internet traffic. Since loading time is money on the internet, all investment in improving our website and services performance with Cloudflare has paid off, and the fast support makes any kind of technical problems be solved with minimum impact.
Mochammad Zachri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Our company uses Cloudflare as a DNS Manager. It solves our problem for resolving the DNS problem (DNS Not Resolved), especially for fresh-created domains/subdomains. Previously, we use the default DNS manager from the domain reseller/VPS. It's OK but Cloudflare is much better. They have many features, but we don't use them yet.
  • Fast DNS resolver.
  • Easy domain management.
  • Secure anti-DDoS solution.
  • Cloudflare CDN.
  • 3rd party integration (developer friendly).
  • Pricing model.
In my opinion, Cloudflare is well suited in all conditions when you need a managed DNS manager. It solves the problem with DNS Not Resolve when we often create a domain/subdomain (a software house would be like this), so we can deploy our apps as soon as possible to the client.
We switched to Cloudflare as soon as possible. Our sysadmin wanted to switch from the default DNS manager to our VPS/domain reseller. It takes just about 1-2 days to migrate and adjust all the domains/subdomains in our platform. And, the most important thing is it's easy to start using Cloudflare. Their guide is easy to follow and understand, even for a standard IT guy in our company.
Cloudflare support is one of the best support I've had. They respond to the ticket as quickly as they can, and even we are a free user. They still serve us as their customer and it's great! When our sysadmin has a vacation and there's just another IT guy in our company, their support will gladly help our problem, even though it already has its own documentation.
Jack Duan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We are using CF as the Edge Cloud provider, for web application firewall security, and to accelerate end-user response time globally.
  • SSL management
  • Cache - secure CDN
  • Argo - optimize global network response
  • Looking forward for the finally release of R2 -- like AWS's S3 solution.
  • Pricing: We are using the Business tier. I hope there will be a Business+ tier. Enterprise has a too high price start point.
CF really got the product done right. UI and ease of use to manage to make many tasks so easy and fast to do.
It took us about 2 weeks to move every app into CF for WAF protection, DNS, and CND. Also, it took us about 2 months to learn how the server-less code deployment works on CF. The team has been very impressed with the product (technology and ease of use).
We filed a couple of bugs. One of them helped the CF team to improve the product. But it took about 2 months to implement to get the bug fixed.
Gil Morris | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We utilize Cloudflare for our domain web hosting as well as DNS services and security for our business. Cloudflare makes administration and management of these services quick and easy to implement changes. Also, their analytical reporting is evolving rapidly, giving us additional insight into items we may have otherwise missed.
  • DNS
  • Security
  • Hosting
  • Networking
  • Analytics
  • Enhanced analytics
  • Enhanced DMARC monitoring
  • Enhanced SPF abilities
For our SMB, Cloudflare provides an array of automated, useful, affordable, and easy-to-manage services. This affords our internal IT to focus on other priorities instead of constantly having to play gatekeeper for our web services. Whether we need to update DNS records, make changes to other web services, or acquire metrics/analytics from our account, we know that Cloudflare provides a consistent, secure, and easy-to-use platform that we trust.
We have been utilizing Cloudflare for a decade (maybe even a bit longer). Onboarding was easy back then, and I believe it is even easier today. We were set up and making changes to secure web traffic, sites, etc., in a very short amount of time. The ability to export records as a backup/precaution and easily import them back in is a great feature. While most other providers possess this, they seem not to make it as fluid and easy as Cloudflare does.
I can recall only a couple of instances when we needed to contact Cloudflare support for anything, and those were more to confirm settings we already had in place instead of addressing any sort of issue, etc. [Whenever] we have ever reached out to support, they have always been quick and courteous in responding to us.
Matthew Justice | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Cloudflare for most aspects of our e-commerce solution. We have rate-limiting, firewall, DNS, and CDN. We not only were able to increase the performance and secure our site, but we were also able to provide custom content to our visitors based on their location. The domain registrar is also so nice to have integrated, so our domain is protected and updated automatically as it gets close to expiration.
  • DDoS Protection.
  • Security.
  • Zero Trust.
  • Page Rules can be confusing.
  • Domain Registrar is lacking many TLDs.
I would recommend Cloudflare to a colleague for many reasons. One nice thing is they have a generous free tier to help you get started for free. Once a site is set up there is lots of room for growth and the use of additional features.
Onboarding of the 20+ sites I have done over the years has gone well. There is a little bit of a learning curve to get the site configured and optimized, as well as getting all the caching rules tuned.
Cloudflare support is great if you have an Enterprise plan, it kind of goes down from there. I have created tickets in the past and had them answered in just short of 15 minutes and long as 1 day. Once you get in touch with someone in support it goes through a level-1, level-2, etc support hierarchy. I am mostly positive about my past experiences with support.
Kevin Koufos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cloudflare tool is a fully trusted tool that provides us with comprehensive DDoS protection and protects websites, applications, and our entire networks while also guaranteeing that genuine traffic is not harmed. It is such an attractive solution that secures and delivers services quickly to protect us against DDoS from the edge. This one is one of the crucial parts of my enterprise cloud and on-premise networks because it is fully positioned to repel even the most powerful attacks. Cloudflare's complex features freed us to enjoy high optimization and excellent performance of our websites by keeping them accessible and protected.
  • Cloudflare has a solid infrastructure and a knowledgeable and responsive crew.
  • Cloudflare DDoS protection is one of my favorite solutions because it works in concert with other cloud web application firewalls, and bot management services to defend my resources from cyber security attacks of different types.
  • Cloudflare is the best reverse proxy service that protects any applications from DDoS attacks, including SSH, VoIP, FTP, gaming, and all other applications that use the TCP/UDP protocol.
  • Most DDoS assaults are identified and mitigated in under 3 seconds using Cloudflare's centralized and decentralized mitigation mechanisms working together.
  • Its paid plans, particularly the business plan, have excessive pricing but it provides a free package that has limited features which are not suitable for large corporations.
  • Cloudflare has so many functions, such as video streaming and image scaling, that it may be hard for new users to understand why they need them and how they use them.
I strongly recommend companies should implement this greatest, efficient, and versatile DDoS protection solution. Cloudflare's built-in analytics provide companies with more information about their traffic trends, threats detected, and much more, all through the dashboard or via the Cloudflare GraphQL API. CloudFlare's DDoS protection is complemented by rate limiting, which allows for accurate prevention of the most complex and advanced threats against the application layer.
It is really effective platform. DDoS attacks are on the rise, and they've turned into complicated and daunting security concerns for businesses. Impacts from DDoS, such as site inaccessibility, result in less measurable losses, such as brand erosion and less consumer satisfaction. To overcome all these things that degrade company reputation we need a solid DDoS solution. Cloudflare is a powerful tool that monitors network traffic in real-time to detect suspicious or malicious requests from hackers and ensure that our network and data remain constantly available for our real potential users.
The support of this platform is quick and reliable. Moreover, our sites are now fully protected, and we are providing the best experience to our users, thanks to Cloudflare. Our applications' availability, performance, speed, efficiency, and security have all increased. It's now much easier for us to improve the security and effectiveness of our websites, whether they're more static corporate sites, eCommerce sites, or web applications in particular.
November 24, 2021

Cloudflare WAF

Score 10 out of 10
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Cloudflare is used in our business for its Web Application Firewall (WAF) and automated failover features. With the WAF we have been able to significantly reduce the amount of hacking or probing attempts being made on our web server, as well as [mitigate] some known threats with our content management system platform that was undergoing an upgrade.
  • Known threat mitigation
  • Automatic DNS Failover
  • Service monitoring
  • Certain features are hard to navigate within the cloudflare site
Very well suited as a web application firewall that helps to protect your website, while also speeding it up and reducing the amount of content that needs to be delivered from your site. The load balancing and automatic failover features are good but could be improved upon.
The onboarding process was not bad, but not all DNS records were copied across from the existing DNS zone - it would have been better if it gave advice on steps required ahead of time to ensure that all DNS records were able to be copied across (eg by allowing a zone transfer), or if the zone information could be loaded via an export from your previous DNS host.
I have not needed to reach out to Cloudflare support, so could not give a viable rating on their overall support. They do have a number of support options and documentation available online which should help most people.
Score 10 out of 10
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My customers are using the mid-tier Cloudflare account for DDoS protection on multiple company websites as well as for caching and CDN. Their website performance has gone up considerably since adopting it. The WAF (Web Application Firewall) rules have been easy to configure for multiple WordPress environments and have already blocked many different types of threats. The detailed cache analysis has also helped their marketing departments with SEO and other optimizations.
I personally use the free tier as a nameserver for my small side projects and have found Cloudflare to be very generous in that regard.
  • DDoS Protection is a must in the current climate
  • WAF let you block regions where you have no customers or business
  • CDN greatly speeds up websites, especially on mobile devices
  • 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
If you are worried about having a DDoS against you, having a product like CloudFlare can be very helpful. It's also great for replacing external nameservers (we used Rackspace.) The ability to proxy IPs is very convenient. CDN can improve load times considerably.
The SSL services provided by Cloudflare are very flexible and make basic security very easy to set up.
It's less suited if there are multiple DNS-based services installed on a root domain, such as Office 365, Mimecast, or Mailgun. In my experience, it makes these services harder to configure. It also makes getting external SSL certificates a little more difficult especially if there is a wildcard needed for multiple types of servers.
Randy Varela | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Cloudflare has been our main partner to go whenever a customer has issues with web scrapers, bots, and account checkers threats. And it has been extremely efficient to protect most of our customers and even we use it to protect our infrastructure. Also, the customer prefers to enable the Cloudflare WAF and security feature in comparison with the native resources in the cloud ( Azure WAF, AWS Bot Protect...) due to their friendly interface and integration capability in a matter of minutes. Also, the pricing has been very competitive so our customers no need to spend extra money on different solutions, with Cloudflare our customers have all they need in the same place and for a reasonable price.
  • Bot Protection.
  • WAF Protection.
  • Traffic Visibility.
  • Traffic Optimization.
  • Support on the free and initial tiers is not the best.
  • SLA for tickets is not the best.
  • Documentation is not available in Spanish for all products.
- Web protection. - Bot Protection. - Traffic optimization.
Cloudflare is easy to install and integrate because it routes the traffic to their network through DNS requests, you can integrate Cloudflare as fast as 10 minutes on average.
The support is not the best unless you pay for the corporate licensing.
Oleksandr Torlo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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First of all, the company I work for uses Cloudflare to protect against DDoS attacks as a proxy for the site. Not so long ago we mitigated a powerful DDoS attack just by using Cloudflare mode, especially for that case. Caching data on Cloudflare servers saves a lot of resources and pages load faster. Also, a very good DNS and firewall are built in there, which allows you to manage everything you need to maintain the site from one place.
  • Caching.
  • DDoS mitigation.
  • DNS control.
  • Managed firewall.
  • Attacks log is far from the start page.
  • I would like more interactive tips (feedback) [on] when to apply what settings.
When you urgently need to stop a powerful DDoS attack (about 20 TFlps), then Cloudflare will help you with various tools, from a firewall to proxying. At the same time, if your server is not optimized, then Cloudflare will do little to save you from the distributed denial of service attack.
I implemented full Cloudflare DDoS protection in 2 hours after I got the first powerful attack.
Easy to use and recognized tool.
September 12, 2021

A lot more than a CDN

Yaco Lioi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cloudflare is default now in our business. Every client gets onboarded into Cloudflare, either with their account or in ours. It solves all our DNS problems, the DNS propagation is super quick, and we also get to protect our sites and speed them up at the same time. Cloudflare is awesome.
  • DNS management.
  • Anti DDoS.
  • Fast caching and optimization.
  • More pricing plans.
  • More page rules in the free tier.
  • Speed in certain countries with less PoPs.
Cloudflare is the best tool to speed up and harden security in websites of all sizes. I recommend Cloudflare to all my colleagues because it is now the norm in our business to use it. It saves us so much time because Cloudflare has the fastest DNS propagation we experienced, so we can get to work sooner. It may not be the best solution for enterprise sites, because it can get expensive and there are cheaper alternatives.
The results are immediate. The websites load faster in minutes. They also now implemented a new onboarding process that makes it super clear to set up a new site and have it running in less than 10 minutes. The interface improved in the last years, and now we can even delegate the domain setup to the client because it's really easy to use.
The paid support is really good. The free community support in the forums is good as well. We had no problems whatsoever keeping in touch with the support, but the times we did need it, it was solved in a couple of iterations. Definitely recommended.
September 06, 2021

The magic of Cloudflare

Alfonso de la Guarda Reyes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Right now, we use Cloudflare in all our web solutions, using it primarily as a web firewall, but also to manage our DNS or improve the performance of our webs. Also for giving access to some URLs using multiple methods. The major problem that we have is the security and avoiding attacks that expose our infrastructure to anyone.
  • Web firewall.
  • Great DNS management.
  • Great CDN performance.
  • Wonderfull load balancing.
  • More intuitive firewall rules.
  • Improved statistics.
  • More information about add ons.
Cloudfare is great when you want and need to improve the security of your website, as well as accelerate it. In general, every website must have a higher level of protection that minimizes the exposure of the infrastructure to third parties, and thus, improve security, but also performance. There is no exception for not using Cloudflare since you can host the domain for free and benefit from a level of protection that is impossible to obtain from traditional hosting.
The implementation process is quite simple and does not require more knowledge of infrastructure. Delegating the management of DNS to Cloudflare simplifies all the work to come. The process is very fast and in a matter of minutes. Considering the propagation of DNS, you can already make use of all its features according to the chosen plan from free to an enterprise.
In general, you should not have problems with any of the services it offers, but its support is efficient according to the contracted plan you have. They guide you through the process, give you the necessary references to solve problems, and also address any other concerns, or even offer recommendations that allow you to implement improvements.
Chad Carman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Our organization uses Cloudflare to protect our website and serve content much faster via the CDN services.
  • Content Delivery: high uptime.
  • Content Delivery: fast page loads.
  • Security: prevents attacks.
  • Supports nonprofits.
  • Need some technical knowledge to implement.
Cloudflare is literally a must-use for any organization and its website. Just the free version helps with minifying JS, CSS, and more to increase page loads speeds. I can't think of a reason that every website would NOT implement it.
Superfast. The process is fairly easy if you know what you are doing technically. We did implement some additional features thanks to the nonprofit program, and Cloudflare support was fantastic for setting that up. All in, we were up and running with 30+ domains in less than a week.
Cloudflare support understands how crucial it is that websites are up and running constantly. Lost uptime is lost money. They have amazing support for non-critical issues and even an "attack" support if your website is under attack. We had to use this when we were attacked by Eastern European countries. We were able to shut down the attack and resume business thanks to their help.
December 21, 2021

Best DDos protection tool

Tapesh bhargava | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cloudflare is the best tool to hide your server IP as they are providing proxy service to protect servers and it's almost impossible to bypass its proxy servers, as they are very strong. We are using it to protect DDoS attacks.
  • DDoS protection.
  • Cache solution.
  • Fast plugins.
  • Support time.
  • Remind old users.
Cloudflare is best to give you the protection that is cloud-based, it will secure your servers and handle all load on their servers. We are able to able to customize our website geographically wise, as they are giving service to open websites in a specific region and we are able to protect not to run on other regions.
It hardly takes 10 minutes to onboard with Cloudflare. In India due to RBI guidelines, subscription-based payments are stopped so now we have to make manual payments. DNS propagation will take another 20 minutes to migrate, the rest part is best at the end of Cloudflare. We love this product and we are hosting multiple websites, and some are paid domains, the rest are free.
As I already mentioned some best parts of Cloudflare 1) Free HTTPS certificate 2) DDoS protection to servers 3) Reduce servers cost.
Bryan McAnulty | TrustRadius Reviewer
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.
Fast to respond and knowledgable, even for free tier accounts.
Ramon Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
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.
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.
Jay Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We primarily use Cloudflare for data compression and site speed increases where our other WordPress plugins might not work. Each month it saves us gigabytes of load data as customers visit the site.
  • Improve load times.
  • reduce bandwidth usage.
  • Java Script challenges for while under attack.
  • Flexible SSL.
  • Tutorials.
  • How to use videos.
  • Analytics error correction.
  • How to fix errors.
It's amazing for load times and compression and is a great resource for anyone who needs to speed up their site. IT's also amazing for more detailed website analytics. Where it falls short is SEO values - they don't have SEO inside of the platform but that might be that they just didn't want to compete with MOZ, etc.
We never spoke to a salesperson, we simply onboarded ourselves and it took about 30 min per client for the basic setup.
December 05, 2021

New Cloudflare customer

Michael Edl | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We recently decided to incorporate Cloudflare into our network attack mitigation efforts. We use applications today and based on one of our Carriers' experiences with a DDoS attack, decided to pursue Cloudflare as another layer of protection at the edge of our network. We are currently deploying their tool and are excited to have Cloudflare's protection as we continue to focus on our customers to use our service.
  • Pricing model is a plus
  • Coverage in numerous Data Centers to limit latency of our traffic will be a great benefit
  • Overall focus in mitigation tools
This is based on the solution being deployed by the main provider to us who implemented additional tools to mitigate an attack and the knowledge we have with our current appliance-based solution to give us that fortified protection at the edge of the network based on case studies and talking with other providers who have implemented the Cloudflare solution.
Wilfrido Elenes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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For us, the web presence is something important both in terms of corporate image and for the development of our daily activities throughout the organization.
This is why Cloudflare becomes a solution both in the security aspect of our web services, and in the use of a CDN.

We currently have the Mitigate DDoS Attacks service for our main website; as well as a CDN for our client portals, which having their corporate headquarters around the world makes it essential to have data centers in different locations.
  • Mainly associating my brand with Cloudflare gives the confidence of having a leading ally in the industry.
  • The stability in the service is great, it is a service that you install and configure properly and forget about it.
  • It has a great administration system for particular needs, it is highly customizable by non-expert users.
  • Although it is not essential, having support in the local language would be important. We already only have access to support in English.
For simple projects like maintaining a corporate site online, we know that it is accessed from all over the world, implementing a CDN with Cloudflare is extremely simple at a reasonable cost.

Additionally, protecting the information on our internal portals with Cloudflare DDoS protection provides us with peace of mind in the use of important information on them.
Osama Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Cloudflare for DNS and caching. It is used by almost all the sister websites that we have for NurulQuran. Changing the DNS name is very fast on Cloudflare. We switched over from Bluehost for DNS because Bluehost DNS was very slow. The caching is very good and saves us money on the bandwidth costs. Another benefit is the wholesale price of registering your domain name at Cloudflare. We also use 'Pages' to publish our PWA on Cloudflare. It automatically gets the site from Github.
  • Caching from the nearest geolocation to reduce latency.
  • DNS records are updated very quickly.
  • It can proxy the IP address of your website so your IP address is not revealed.
  • Support could be faster.
DNS is very fast and easy to update and change. So if you want [to] see your changes to your DNS records faster, Cloudflare is my recommendation.
A feature that would be nice to have is adding optional comments to the DNS records.
If you are doing a lot of testing and changes to your website, then I would turn off the caching.
Josh Collier, Website Designer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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As a website designer I usually do the hosting on my own VPS for my customers. One of the things that is very important today are having CDN's. Cloudflare is one of the only free CDN's that I know of and they have so many options and features on their free plan that I use this for every customer that I put on my hosting. I can use their caching and some of their speed options as well as just the standard cdn. They also make it easy to make changes in the DNS. You can even see how fast your page loads and it is extremely easy to setup as long as you have access to the registrar.
  • CDN
  • DNS
  • Flexible SSL
  • Caching
  • Mainly just the customer service they never really respond though I understand I am using the free version
  • Sometimes I have to go in and clear the cache as my site is not showing the changes though that is quite rare.
It is great if you need a CDN, need to get it up fast and want a free one. I have seen no reason to pay for it so far or pay for another one. If you are extremely technologically illiterate I would have someone else set it up, but I would have it on every website.
Ryan Hoyt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cloudflare across are whole organisation, as it keeps our website live and running without hiccups. We rely on it to keep ourselves secure and mitigate attacks or hackers. It also helps us keep our DNS records all in one place and we use it as a go-to for DNS changes.
  • Website cache and uptime
  • DNS record management
  • Website speed
  • Attack mitigation
  • Offloading media for CDN use on WordPress
  • Merging accounts into a single dashboard
  • Making breakfast
Cloudflare works really well for keeping your site up and running, mitigating attacks, and serving content. It is also great for managing your DNS records in an easy-to-use dashboard where you can choose which records should be served by proxy or not.

It doesn't work very well as an all-in-one caching solution for WordPress
Budd Royce Lam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I've been using Cloudflare for several years for several websites that I run for businesses and for clients. For the most part, I just use their free tier of services with only a small handful of clients that ever actually needed their paid tiers. I originally used Cloudflare just for the DDoS protection and CDN caching but expanded to also use their SSL. Just looking at my dashboard for one of my sites, Cloudflare has served over 500k SSL requests, blocked/challenged over 250 malicious attacks and saved me about 700mb in bandwidth through their caching in the last month alone with about 20% of my bandwidth saved each day.
  • CDN Caching
  • DNS
  • Web firewall
  • Free SSL
  • Can't think of any
Have highly recommended Cloudflare to virtually all my colleagues that are looking for either a better DNS server, web protection, or a Content Delivery Network. Their services are fantastic and there's a noticeable speed improvement on websites that I have going through them.

They're great for high-traffic sites but wouldn't really bother with them for sites that have really low traffic unless a fair amount of web security is required.