Dec

12

2013

What is CloudFlare? How it works? Reviews and Feedback.

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Cloudflare

CloudFlare has come a long way since it shared its idea at TechCrunch Disrupt: San Francisco 2010. The concept didn’t win the $50,000 prize but the firm has gathered a commendable following with its services & solutions that make website faster and secure.

Let’s learn what CloudFlare’s cdn technology is all about, how it increases website security and other important facts;

What is CloudFlare?

It is web performance and security company that makes websites load faster and make them resist abusive bots and crawlers. The company accomplishes this task by routing the traffic of registered website though its smart global network of CloudFlare servers.

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History

CloudFlare never planned to become the product it is today. The focus was primarily on security and it evolved from Project Honey Pot, a project launched at MIT Spam Conference. While trying to fix latency issue with code changes, its team discovered that their system made websites load faster. This added a whole new range of services to CloudFlare portfolio.

How do I enable CloudFlare?

For CloudFlare setup, visit https://www.CloudFlare.com/sign-up and create an account. Fill in the details, update you DNS and you will live in no time. The results will become visible within a short span of time and could be studied through different tools.

What is CloudFlare CDN?

The technology takes into account hardware, web server technology and recent network routing changes in the industry. CloudFlare claims that its content delivery network is easier to set up and more competitive from cost aspect.

The company has developed all its hardware components in-house and owns a global network that brings strategic advantage.

Why is CloudFlare CDN faster?

CloudFlare promises faster loading because it has invested in 23 data centers at strategic locations all over the world. All the static files of a register user’s website are stored at a location closer to visitors. In addition to that, it also deploys a technology named Anycast to route visitors to the nearest data location.

For website owners who want to keep their load time at the minimum, its dynamic CDN is nothing less than a blessing.

What about CloudFlare security?

Making websites secure from spammers, DOS attacks and other damaging elements was the prime objective of the team. Hence, CloudFlare security became one of the main USPs of the firm. By analyzing the traffic inflow and filtering it for spammers, SQL injection attacks, DOS attacks, and excessive bot crawling, it makes websites more resistant and secure.

CloudFlare reviews & testimonials

More and more webmasters are trusting CloudFlare because of the advantages it brings. First of all, the setup is real quick and the results are clearly visible. Some little technical upsides are asynchronous javascript loading, updates in case Analytics is not functioning properly, and preload features for paid accounts.

However, such high end technology that brings so much on the table at no or little cost makes website owners doubt its authenticity.

Source- http://cloud.dzone.com/articles/CloudFlare-review-not-snake

That said, the service has its share of unhappy customers. Below is snapshot that highlights one similar experience;

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Source- http://www.gripptopia.com/CloudFlare-review/

Below is a thread from a discussion forum that throws light on the service from a web hosting firm’s point of view;

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Source- http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1255470

Other ways to decrease load time & increase security

Overall, CloudFlare does a tremendous job in securing your website from malware and making it load faster but there are other website related aspects that increase load time and spoil user experience for visitors. Similarly, there are also many other ways (partially encrypted code being one) to raise the bar of security.

We make website load faster by making strategic design changes and also specialize in creating highly secure platforms. We also help brands in identifying website loopholes that limit conversion and spoil user experience.

Request free conversion and UX analysis report to see what is wrong with your website. Also get in touch for answer to your every website design and development related query.

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