Overall Satisfaction with Cloudflare
Cloudflare is used to manage all company domains with no exceptions. All DNS functions are set up within Cloudflare including but not limited to IPs for Web pages, mail settings (SPF, DKIM), CNAME white label services, etc.
- Instant Deployment of new IP address (ie moving a website to a new host).
- Caching (storing copies of information, images, etc to improve user experience).
- Denial of Service Attack Prevention.
- HTTPS redirects for ALL urls.
- Cloudflare is great, unbelievable value even at free level.
- Paid plans offer even more features at a very fair price point.
- Very few things to improve upon.
- The only thing that comes to mind that Cloudflare could approve upon is Domain management features could be more robust.
- Massive timesaver moving IP addresses with no downtime.
- Manage all things DNS from one central location, no data silos.
- Instant deployment of DOS (Denial of Service) attacks.
I've used Cloudflare almost since the beginning, 8+ years. I don't have any experience with other platforms as Cloudflare is simple, easy, and cost-effective. Cloudflare offers tremendous value in its free plan. The vast majority of our clients are on the free plan but for some larger clients who require more advanced features, Cloudflare is still extremely affordable for the feature sets it delivers in its advanced offerings.
Easy Peasy. Setup is actually quite painless with a relatively minor learning curve. The help section is quite extensive and almost always has the answer you are looking for.
Extensive help section which nearly always has the answer you are looking for. On a few rare occasions in 8+ years, I wasn't able to find a solution and used the email support feature (on the free plan) and the response time was a little slower than I would prefer but it's really hard to complain considering it wasn't a paid account. With paid plans, the support response times decrease significantly based on your level of service which clearly makes sense as live support can be costly.
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I can't think of a single scenario where Cloudflare isn't useful. Our company uses Cloudflare for ALL sites. In fact, as a Web Development Agency, we don't work with clients unless they allow us to use Cloudflare. It's really that good ;-) and necessary for modern websites and apps.
Evaluating Cloudflare and Competitors
Yes - DNS management at Registrar level (ie GoDaddy, NameCheap, etc). We strongly recommend an approach of not keeping all your eggs in one basket. Registrar is used for registering domains only. Cloudflare to manage DNS and mail, separate hosting, and enterprise-level mail solution like Google Workplace or Microsoft 365.