Understand the benefits of CloudFlare

What Is CloudFlare?

CloudFlare makes websites:

  • Faster
  • Safer
  • Smarter

How Does CloudFlare Really Work?

  • CloudFlare works at the network level -> CNAME edit
  • Web traffic is routed through CloudFlare’s network of 14 data centers
[image]
  • At each location, CloudFlare does caching, web content optimization and malicious bot filtering

Before and After CloudFlare

[image]

Naked websites

[image]

CloudFlare powered websites

CloudFlare is a Next Generation CDN

Faster

CloudFlare automatically caches static content:

  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Images
  • Requires zero configuration
  • Provides high gzip compression
  • Is compatible with other CDN solutions

Result: The average website on CloudFlare loads:

  • Twice as fast
  • Sees 65% fewer requests
  • Saves 60% in bandwidth

What is a CDN?

CDN = Content Delivery Network

How it works:

CDNs serve content stored at servers closest to the visitor.

The result -> pages load faster

  • CDN technology has been around a long time. The web’s largest sites use CDNs for performance.
  • Until now, CDNs have been expensive and hard to configure.

Easy Web Content Optimization

CloudFlare makes web content load efficiently by:

  • Consolidating multiple network requests into one request
  • Loading JavaScript asynchronously

The result -> pages load snappier

[images]

Web Content Optimization

The webpage has evolved.

Today websites are made up of:

  • Widgets
  • Plugins
  • Ad servers
  • Twitter Share / Facebook Like button
  • All of these plug-ins and widgets are JavaScriptbased
  • Web content optimization makes sure the web page renders as quickly as possible

CloudFlare’s Broad Security Protection

Safer

CloudFlare provides a layer of security against a broad range of attacks including:

  • Comment spam
  • Content theft
  • Email harvesting
  • SQL injection
  • Cross-site scripting attacks (XSS)
  • DDoS attacks
  • CloudFlare prevents over 90% of attacks. Your security risk is significantly lower
  • Our system gets smarter over time

Web Threats Are a Pain

  • Many bots doing malicious activities online
  • Comment spam
  • Content theft
  • Email harvesting
  • SQL injection
  • Cross-site scripting attacks (XSS)
  • DDoS attacks
  • Until recently, each category required a separate and timeconsuming solution
  • Most solutions are expensive and difficult to implement

CloudFlare’s Security System Learns

CloudFlare’s system automatically starts to block attack BEFORE it hits the origin server

[image]

[key-img] surge in traffic due to DDoS attack

[key-img] CloudFlare identifies the new traffic as an attack and blocks it at our edge nodes

CloudFlare’s Default Security is “Medium"

[image]

  • Users can select the desired level of protection directly from their control panel
  • Partners integrated via cPanel also have access to the “I’m Under Attack” mode

Stop Heavy Attacks From the Control Panel

[image]

  • Sites under attack can choose "I’m Under Attack Mode” directly from their control panel
  • Works by adding an additional set of protections to stop malicious HTTP traffic from being passed to the origin server
  • Reduces bandwidth to the origin server

Free IPv4 / IPv6 Gateway

Smarter

Our customers can continue to host on IPv4 and be available on IPv6!

[image]

Why is IPv6 Compatibility Important?

  • IPv4 addresses are running out around the world. As a result, there is a transition to IPv6 IP addresses
  • IPv4 and IPv6 are not compatible with one another
  • Today, 1% of web surfers are on IPv6 and can’t reach websites on IPv4. Their number is growing fast in Asia & Europe.
  • To make website servers IPv6-compatible requires an expensive hardware investment

Always Online (Forget 503 Errors)

CloudFlare Always Online service keeps a cached copy of your customer’s website so it is always available, even if the server goes offline

[image]

More Insight into Visitors

CloudFlare analytics shows statistics on all of the visitors: humans, threats and search engine crawlers!

[imgage]

  • 2 Users Found This Useful
Was this answer helpful?

Related Articles

Overview of questions?

Common CloudFlare Questions: What is CloudFlare? What is the association between the Hosting...

Types of Customers that Benefit from CloudFlare

Five most common problems CloudFlare helps to resolve Every Website Can Benefit from...

What is CloudFare?

What is CloudFlare? CloudFlare is a performance and security service. On average, a website on...