CloudFlare is an application for people whose websites could use some improvement. In less than five minutes, the application claims it can improve load times, decrease bandwidth usage, and increase the security of any website without charging the owner a dime.
CloudFlare works by running its users’ web traffic through its own global network. This leads to a decrease in spam attacks and helps websites run more efficiently. Check it out by signing up for an account and adding your first site – any website with its own domain name can be improved by using CloudFlare, so you don’t have to question whether the app will work with your site. After you enter the name of your website, CloudFlare will gather all the DNS records it can find. Look over those records and add any records that CloudFlare has missed. Configure your settings and update your name servers to begin routing your traffic through CloudFlare. Hackers or spammers who have been spotted on any site that runs through CloudFlare will be blocked from your site, too. Visit your threat control dashboard to see all the threats or hackers who were prevented from accessing your site. By stopping these people in their tracks, CloudFlare frees up more bandwidth for the visitors you actually want to get through.
In addition to protecting your site from attack, CloudFlare also helps sites stay up when individual servers go down. The protections offered on CloudFlare increase with paid plans, however users can still get access to a number of useful tools simply by signing up for a free account. The more people use CloudFlare, the more useful the service will become, which means this is a service that will prove increasingly important as time goes on.
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