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.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , 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: 27

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Monitoring
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anomaly/Malware Detection
  • Application Management
  • Cloud Application Security
  • Compliance Management
  • Content Management
  • DDoS Protection
  • Data Security
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Encryption
  • Endpoint Protection Software
  • Firewalls
  • Load Balancing Tools
  • Performance Metrics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Threat Response
  • VPN Software
  • Video Archiving
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Web-Application Security
  • Website Analytics

Alternatives

AWS Lambda

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Vercel

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Akamai Identity Cloud

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Google Cloud

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(383)
Value for Money
4.7/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

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Nadish
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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

One of the best website security and CDN service

Reviewed on 5/3/2022

Well it's along story, I found CloudFlare while I was searching for Free CDN service for website. I...

Well it's along story, I found CloudFlare while I was searching for Free CDN service for website. I was analyzing one of my website through GTMetrix and found one recommendation to use CDN. I knew that CDN is a costly service, atleast at costly as my monthly hosting service, so I searched for Free CDN service and luckily found CloudFlare.

I explored it on my own and slowly and gradually I got total command on CloudFlare. Now I integrate each of my website's website with CloudFlare in order to hide the nameservers + adding security and preventing from DDoS attacks hence enhancing loading speed and overall performance of my website.

Pros

Who doesn't love to have something as wonderful as CloudFlare for FREE? To be honest, I'm using CloudFlare since more than 3 years now and still using the free version because it covers all my CDN and website security needs. :)

The other thing that I cannot ignore or even miss is the Free SSL by cloudflare for 15 years, isn't it amazing? :) I know that there're other free SSL services available on internet also, but I totally trust on CloudFlare so I always use free SSL by CloudFlare. It's really easy to install and has multiple options for the encryption like flexible, full and full restrict.

And at last but not least, how can I forget or ignore the Speed Optimization features of CloudFlare :) The auto minify feature for JavaScript, CSS and HTML can be switched on or off independently so that you can never break your website. And the options like Brotli, Optimized Delivery and Rocket Loader is like cherry on top of the cake. :)

Cons

Well, nothing. I'm truly satisfied with the results, so there's nothing that I can say that I like least about CloudFlare.

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

Overall rating

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

An excellent CDN provider with a freemium model

Reviewed on 1/5/2021

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.
Senne
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Cloudflare slowed down my sites and caused problems

Reviewed on 12/2/2021

I never used the paid version of Cloudflare, because I didn't feel like it was worth the money and...

I never used the paid version of Cloudflare, because I didn't feel like it was worth the money and my experiences with the free version (often included with regular hosting providers, like A2 Hosting). I only really had disappointing experiences with Cloudflare. This is one of the very few negative reviews I've ever written, but I did want to share this as I stopped using Cloudflare years ago, because of this.

By the way, I am yet to find a CDN that I'm really happy about, but at least my current CDN doesn't break my site. It does slow it down sometimes though. So there's that.

Pros

Well, I don't really like Cloudflare at all, since its purpose should be to speed up websites, but after years of using it, I found in most occasions (at least for me - based in Europe) it had adverse affects.

Cons

Cloudflare was slowing down my websites, causing conflicts and the typical "Error 502 - Bad gateway" error!! When I stopped using Cloudflare, I never had this issue anymore. And it wasn't just me. Sometimes I come across websites that use Cloudflare, and when I see this error, it brings back bad memories...

Verified Reviewer
Overall rating
  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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

The #1 Global Web Performance and Security Platform

Reviewed on 9/11/2022

Easy setup, Amazing web security platform. Cloudflare is state of the art web security architecture...

Easy setup, Amazing web security platform. Cloudflare is state of the art web security architecture .Simply the best and the global leader in web security and hosting.

Pros

Web security, Web hosting, Performance management, Analytics/report management

Cons

When checking security on the web often times connect and disconnect.Its more frequent disconnecting during checks of web security

Zack
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  • Industry: Chemicals
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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

Great AIO solution to secure all your web resources

Reviewed on 31/3/2022

When I came to the company, no one was engaged in the organization of security for web resources....

When I came to the company, no one was engaged in the organization of security for web resources. Almost immediately I chose Cloudflare, set up this service, and since then I follow the analytics and turn on new features. We are satisfied with everything and we plan to stay further with Cloudflare.

Pros

I like the fact that the service is constantly being improved and adds new features, which allows you to abandon other services and use everything to ensure security in one place. Most of all I want to allocate 2 features - it is a CDN and protection against DDOS. It works just great.

Cons

Some settings are not in the obvious places for them, you have to google and read the documentation to reach them.

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud CDN, CDN77, Microsoft Azure and AWS WAF

Reasons for Switching to Cloudflare

It's all-in-one solution to organize comprehensive security for your company
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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, 1,001-5,000

Cloudflare supports the following languages:

English

Cloudflare supports the following devices:

Cloudflare integrates with the following applications:

AddThis, Adobe Commerce, Amazon EC2, AuthN, Backblaze, Buddy, Chaossearch, Coralogix, Cordial, Crafter CMS, Crisp, Desktop.com, Drupal, Eclypsium, Feedly, Google Analytics 360, Groove.id, Hostinger, Huckabuy Cloud, Jira, Joomla, Landerlab, 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, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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