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    What exactly is cloudflare and how it works?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Rafil View Post
    What exactly is cloudflare and how it works?
    CloudFlare basically protects and speeds up any website connected to it online.
    CloudFlare routes web traffic of any site through its global network. It automatically optimizes the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. It also blocks threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources.

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    • #3
      CloudFlare is latest entrant in the Content Delivery Networks (CDN) arena. CloudFlare CDN takes your website data, optimizes it and spreads it over different geographic locations. This enhances the loading time of your website. This is a best option for organizations that are expecting visitors from across the globe. Any organization, whose offerings are geography specific, say Europe, may not see a huge performance.
      CloudFlare has both free and paid services. You can opt for any of those. The companies that are concerned about their data being stored at different geographical locations may not be keen to utilize a CDN.

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      • #4
        Hi there,

        Thank you for the information friends, this information has really been very helpful.

        Thanks once again!!!

        Cheers!!!

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        • #5
          Definitely, the cloudflare is a good cloud service and I have heard a lot about it. I have a question regarding the security in CloudFlare. But, besides its performance factor, does the CloudFlare provide any security protection for data?
          Last edited by Emma; 10-06-13, 12:18 PM.

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          • #6
            Yes, certainly it offers the best security for your website. The cloudflare is specifically designed in order to defend your website against various kinds of malicious online activities such as spam comments, web software vulnerabilities, sql injections, credential hacking, e-mail harvesting and cross-site attacks.

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            • #7
              Nice. As a hosting provider you must be knowing that recently, there was a DDoS attack by huge botnets, they especially targeted the wordpress sites. Since, such DDoS attacks keeps on happening on frequent basis, does the cloudflare also protects from such major DDoS attacks?

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              • #8
                If you look at the features of the cloudflare, you will find that its traffic pipe is distributed all over the world. In such a case, even if your site gains huge amount of traffic for a really short period of time and if its a DDoS attack, still the Cloudflare will defend you against it and will always keep your website up and functioning. If you recognize large amount of sudden traffic on your website, you should immediately enable the cloudflare.

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                • #9
                  Cloudflare can be considered as a global load balancer, so incase your website receives a massive amount of requests which a particular server in a certain geography is unable to serve, it'd automatically route the traffic to another server which has a comparatively lower load. Moreover, another key features of Cloudflare is, your website is served from the nearest servers from the source(request) location, hence offering a better load time and a faster delivery.

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                  • #10
                    Does it mean Cloudflare have their servers around the world which helps websites to respond from different location in case of attack?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Shuang View Post
                      Does it mean Cloudflare have their servers around the world which helps websites to respond from different location in case of attack?
                      Absolutely. Take a look at their network map : cloudflare.com/network-map

                      But there are a couple of disadvantages of Cloudflare or rather any CDN. The primary drawback is the lack of control over the infrastructure. Having your website hosted over a CDN you do not have the ability to do certain tasks that you could by having your own server space with a hosting provider. Not to mention about the lack of transparency about how things work. And since due this, you do not have the ability to figure out ways to finding a solution to the problem.

                      Other disadvantages that encircle a CDN are :
                      • Cost
                      • High cost per GB
                      • Support
                      • Maintenance

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                      • #12
                        Has anyone here installed or used Cloudflare? What type of a server will it work on.. I guess it needs root access?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Helina View Post
                          Has anyone here installed or used Cloudflare? What type of a server will it work on.. I guess it needs root access?
                          Cloudflare can work on all the services that we offer (except Windows).
                          If you have a cPanel control panel, you may log-in and search for CloudFlare. Follow the simple steps and enable it for your domain. If you need any help with it, please get in touch with our technical support department for assistance. We'd be glad to help you enable it for your website.

                          Please refer for more information : What is the CloudFlare Option that I see in cPanel?
                          Last edited by WHUK-Stan1; 18-10-13, 06:45 AM. Reason: Reference added.

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