CloudFlare Review!
August 14, 2018

CloudFlare Review!

Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with CloudFlare

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.
  • Even on the free tier, Cloudflare's CDN usage can drive down overall bandwidth usage
  • Cloudflare's free DDoS protection ensures that traffic spikes are legitimate, and will block malicious users from reaching the origin server
CloudFlare shines in a situation where you need a low-cost solution that can be un-integrated with other aspects of your deployment. For websites that have larger DDoS risk, their DDoS solutions are also attractive. Up-market, their enterprise offerings are on par with services offered by other CDN services like Fastly, MaxCDN, etc.
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.