About Cloudflare

Cloudflare speeds up and accelerates your site by distributing your sites content around the world then delivering it using the fattest pipes and the best protocols. By using HTTP/2 with an SPDY fallback, Cloudflare can deliver content rapidly to your end users. Using 79 datacenters (and growing) around the world, Cloudflare can ensure your content is never too far away from your end user. Through Railgun, Cloudflare can eliminate costly delays caused by the speed of light when distributing dynamic content.

Cloudflare has consistently set records for mitigating the largest DDOS attacks. Cloudflare can protect your website from content scraping through reputation checks and application level attacks through a Web Application Firewall (e.g. for SQL Injection and XSS attacks). When Cloudflare successfully defended Spamhaus, Akamai's chief architect stated it was "the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet."

Cloudflare operates one of the fastest and most secure DNS networks in the world with advanced functionality including CNAME Flattening and Instant DNS Updates.

Pricing starting from:

US$20.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Cloudflare

Cloudflare protects web traffic transmitted over WebSockets or HTTP, while also offering a DNS hosting service. Cloudflare can mitigate attacks to web applications through protecting your web hosting by routing requests through Cloudflare. Additionally, Cloudflare's extensive network, which spans across 100 cities in 49 countries, means that content can be cached and accelerated at high speed to your end user regardless of server location. By distributing this content over the latest web protocols such as HTTP/2 and SPDY, Cloudflare ensures that web applications are loading and operating at the fastest speeds possible. Cloudflare also offers Content and Image Optimization to enhance speeds across all web properties.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$20.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Cloudflare: 15

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anomaly/Malware Detection
  • DDoS Protection
  • Encryption Software
  • Firewalls
  • Load Balancing Software
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Spam Blocker
  • Threat Response
  • VPN Software
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Web-Application Security

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(272)
Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.6/5
Customer Support Software
4.3/5

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Abhik B.
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  • Industry: Computer Networking
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Most secure content delivery network for website of any size

Reviewed on 2021-04-29

I'm using Cloudflare for years and never faced any significant issue. I'm overall happy with their...

I'm using Cloudflare for years and never faced any significant issue. I'm overall happy with their product and services.

Pros

Cloudflare allows many advance features even for free users. Like DNSSEC in Cloudflare DNS, Cloudflare proxy, I'm under attack mode and so on. Further, ClouFlare optimizes the content of the hosted websites by minifying codes and make websites a lot faster.

Cons

Cloudflare free plan and even the business plan doesn't allow users to bring their own SSL certificates. This is a very basic and necessary feature. To upload custom SSL you need to purchase an enterprise plan with a $200/month rental, which is quite costly.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

An excellent CDN provider with a freemium model

Reviewed on 2021-05-01

All in alll a very solid experience. It has been ages that I have even considered searching for an...

All in alll a very solid experience. It has been ages that I have even considered searching for an alternative because I never had to.

Pros

I am an absolute fan of Cloudflare because of a few reasons. They offer so much in their freemium plan that it seems too good to be true and to me honestly that has been their best selling point. Love their service and their network. The setup for the CDN is pretty simple. The onboarding process and adding the website are pretty simple and intuitive. They have only improved their service over the past couple of years.They have direct integrations with third-party providers like cPanel so at times adding a website is just as simple as a single click which is awesome.

Cons

Their support has not been the fastest in terms of turnaround times but due to covid and all, I think we can definitely cut them some slack in that department.

Reasons for Choosing Cloudflare

Pricing and existing third-party integrations available with Cloudflare were a major reason for the switch.
Wil S.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Must have for modern websites

Reviewed on 2021-10-04

Great firewall and security suite for websites even on the free plan

Great firewall and security suite for websites even on the free plan

Pros

Offers many forms of protection and features that can be added to an existing website without modifying code

Cons

The UI takes a bit of getting used to to find everything

Chineke D.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Security for Website

Reviewed on 2021-06-26

I needed to secure my new website and stumbled upon Cloudflare after searching Capterra. Connecting...

I needed to secure my new website and stumbled upon Cloudflare after searching Capterra. Connecting my site to the platform was easy since they guided me virtually every step of the way. After a while of working well, I started receiving emails about my site being down, it came up after some time, and continued in that circle for a couple of days. I just had to disconnect my site from the platform, since it was just a company blog and left it like that.

Pros

It's a good thing that you can access some of their features for free and secure your website. Their regular feedback to my email is also very communicative of them. Navigating the website is also quite easy and the follow up each step of the way helps users interact quite seamlessly with the site

Cons

As much as we want protection for our sites, we also want the site to be accessible. My website started showing a "ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS" error, to which I contacted customer support, got a quick response but could not find a solution to my problem there.

Pedro B.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

great resource for website security

Reviewed on 2021-08-23

I actually use the tool on my websites, and since I set it up on my domains, I haven't had any...

I actually use the tool on my websites, and since I set it up on my domains, I haven't had any problems with proxies or firewalls or anything like that.

Mus sites are working perfectly and all with SSL up to date and secure.

And until today I haven't had to pay for a plan, however...
it's something I'm thinking about doing out of reciprocity and to increase my resources.

The fast acting ability of cloudflare is very good. Quality of this tool in providing great usability features for me has made me feel secure in relation to my sites.

Pros

I've seen fast tools in my life, but cloudflare is to be congratulated, after I changed the old DNS of my sites to Cloudflare, I didn't have any more problems with my sites crashing, they were always down.

I receive constant messages to improve my sites, in case of attacks I can activate an extra java script security against hackers and other network invaders.

And the sites were much faster to access.

I don't pay anything to use the tool and I still have exclusive resources to analyze my domains.

Like for example analyzing the size of the traffic I am developing.

Cons

I have no cons to mention here, just an addendum, about support, if you need help, you will only have questions already asked by other people and answered by cloudflare.

However, if you really need to talk to an expert, it is no longer possible with a free plan.

At least I never did. But that's no reason to attack the company and tool, it's more than useful to be able to use it for free.

So, for the rest I have nothing to complain about the tool. It's amazing.

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Cloudflare FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Cloudflare.

Cloudflare offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$20.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Cloudflare does not charge on the basis of bandwidth usage, instead charges on features. Free Plan offers basic performance and security alongside free SSL and analytics. Pro Plan at $20/month provides advanced performance and security tools including image optimization and a Web Application Firewall. Business Plan at $200/month includes advanced DDOS Attack protection, dynamic content compression, custom WAF rules, prioritized support and custom SSL certificates. Enterprise Plans are bespoke to customer requirements with set-up consultation, a dedicated solution Engineer, phone support and multi-user access.

Cloudflare has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Cloudflare supports the following languages:

English

Cloudflare supports the following devices:

Cloudflare integrates with the following applications:

AddThis, Amazon EC2, AuthN, Backblaze, Buddy, Chaossearch, Coralogix, Cordial, Crafter CMS, Crisp, Desktop.com, Drupal, Eclypsium, Feedly, Google Analytics, Groove.id, Hostinger, Huckabuy Cloud, Jira, Joomla, Landerlab, Magento Commerce, ProveSource, Rambox, Rippling, RiskIQ PassiveTotal, SatisMeter, Secureframe, Sender, Shopify, Site Search 360, SiteSpect, Sitecore, Userlike, Webflow, WordPress, Znode, tawk.to, vBulletin

Cloudflare offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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