My love affair with SiteGround, my new hosting service, has grown even stronger with the activation of CloudFlare CDN.
What is CloudFlare?
CloudFlare is a content delivery service that optimizes your content, increases your site load time, and increases security.
In a nutshell CloudFlare caches your static content and reroutes it to one of its 23 servers so when your customers’ visit your site the content from the nearest CloudFlare server.
This 1) eliminates the need for a complicated caching plugin and 2) increases site load time. The best part is CloudFlare protects your website by analyzing your incoming traffic you bouncing malicious traffic away from your website!!
Plus they offer this service for FREE!
You may think this sounds too good to be true but CloudFlare’s protection algorithm learns from ALL the traffic it sees from the well over 2 million websites it serves. They make their money from the small portion of their customer base who pay for upgraded security features such as SSL support, stronger DDoS mitigation, advanced speed features, and more.
If you use SiteGround as your website host, and have the GoGeek plan, you can enable CloudFlare CDN from the “Add Services” tab and they will take care of setup. If you are not using SiteGround I highly recommend you first read Getting Started with CloudFlare: Recommended First Steps for all CloudFlare users.
If you use SiteGround check out: CloudFlare Tips: Recommended steps after activating through a partner.
One last tip – you might want to test your site speed before and after activating CloudFlare; my site load time decreased by over three seconds!