Some of you might notice the load on Astronyu.com has improved and this blog load significantly faster than usual. This was made possible by using a service called CloudFlare.
What is CloudFlare
From their blog, the team behind CloudFlare claims their service are able:
- Stop attacks directed at a website
- Dynamically modify content in order to improve performance
- Insert applications into web pages
- Provide rich analytics on all the requests to your website
- Automatically determine what objects are static and cacheable at the network’s edge without any user configuration
- Provide a network gateway between protocols like IPv6 <-> IPv4
- Make installing SSL flexible and one-click easy
- And many more things a traditional CDN can’t provide….
Does it works?
In an essence, I would say yes. You see, prior to using CloudFlare this blog have ridiculous load time but now I am satisfied to see it load faster. One thing worth mention, do not use the beta Rocket Loader option in CLoudFlare as it seems causing Adsense or third party app to not showing, in my case OIOPublisher.
- CloudFlare CDN
Distribute your content around the world so it’s closer to your visitors (speeding up your site).
- CloudFlare optimizer
Web pages with ad servers and third party widgets load snappy on both mobile and computers.
- CloudFlare security
Protect your website from a range of online threats from spammers to SQL injection to DDOS.
- CloudFlare analytics
Get insight into all of your website’s traffic including threats and search engine crawlers.
- CloudFlare apps
CloudFlare apps makes installing web apps on your site fast, safe and one-click simple.
Where to get it?
Get what? There is not much to get apart from registering for an account, start put your domain in the search bar and let them do the rest. Once they finished searching your domain and DNS, they will copy your DNS zone records to their server and later will ask you to point your DNS to their server instead, just go to your domain provider and change your nameserver settings.
Sure, I saw reviews online mostly concerned of why would they need DNS to offer caching, protection and so on, it doesn’t really matter to me. I have my backup of my site just in case but looking at the numbers of people using CloudFlare as their CDN, it should be alright.