How CloudFlare Improves The Speed and Security of Your Website or Blog

This is a guest post composed and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it simple for any website to be as quick and secure as the Internet goliaths.

CloudFlare, a web performance and security organization, is eager to declare our association with Self Hosted! On the off chance that you haven’t found out about CloudFlare some time recently, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any site twice as quick and shield it from an expansive scope of web threats.

Today, a huge number of sites—extending from individual online journals to e-commerce sites to the sites of Fortune 500 organizations to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites quicker and more secure. We power more than 65 billion month to month site visits—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram joined—and more than 25% of the Internet’s populace frequently goes through our system.

Faster web performance

CloudFlare is intended to take an awesome web hosting service like Self Hosted and make it even better.

We run 76 data centers cleverly situated far and wide. When you join CloudFlare, we start directing your website traffic to the closest server farm.

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As your traffic goes through our network, we insightfully figure out what parts of your site are static versus dynamic. The static parts are cached on our servers for a brief timeframe, usually under 2 hours before we verify whether they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves drastically.

CloudFlare’s smart caching system means you save bandwidth, which means your web application will run speedier and more effectively than any time in recent memory. By and large, CloudFlare users see a 65% reduction in total requests to their servers. The general impact is that CloudFlare will ordinarily cut the load time for pages on your site by half which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

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Broad web security

Throughout 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the graph underneath). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

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CloudFlare’s security protections offer an expansive scope of protections against attacks like DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our methodology is that the framework gets more astute the more sites that are a part of the CloudFlare community. We examine the traffic patterns of a huge number of visitors in real time and adjust the security system to guarantee good traffic gets through and bad traffic is halted.

In time, our objective is to make attacks against sites a thing of the past. Furthermore, given our scale and the billions of attacks we see and adjust to consistently, we’re well on our approach to accomplishing that for websites on the CloudFlare network.

Signing up

Pretty much any site can utilise CloudFlare. By intergrating with Self Hosted, we make the procedure of setting up CloudFlare as easy as one click. Simply look out for the CloudFlare symbol, pick the domain you’d like to enable, and tap the orange cloud. That’s it!

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We’ve kept the cost as low as could be expected and plans offered through Self Hosted are free. For site owners who might want to exploit CloudFlare’s advanced features, we additionally offer a “Pro” level for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like a full web application firewall and faster analytics.

We’re pleased that more than a thousand new sites, including some of the biggest on the web, join the CloudFlare community daily. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Self Hosted. The next step is to order one of their web hosting plans to supercharge your website or blog.