Must have for any website or web app
February 21, 2017

Must have for any website or web app

Joey Yax | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with CloudFlare

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.
  • Improved Security - By keeping sites secure we've reduced the possibility of malicious users and bots on our sites.
  • Speed - A faster site makes for happier customers/users which in turn creates more sales.
CloudFlare has Incapsula beat in terms of ease of use and features for their lower level plans. Incapsula only allows API use on their Enterprise plan where-as CloudFlare allows it on all plans. Both great options, but CloudFlare is by far my preferred service.
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.