CloudFlare is a free global CDN and DNS provider that can speed up and protect any site online. 5wire Networks are a CloudFlare certified partner.
CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the community, your web traffic is routed through the CloudFlare intelligent global network. The CloudFlare network then automatically optimizes the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and the best performance.
CloudFlare also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result, CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
How CloudFlare works?
CloudFlare’s system gets faster and smarter as the community of users grows larger. We have designed the system to scale with our goal in mind: helping power and protect the entire Internet.
It can be used by anyone with a website and their own domain, regardless of your platform. From start to finish, setup takes most website owners less than 5 minutes. Adding your website requires only a simple change to your domain’s DNS settings. There is no hardware or software to install or maintain, and you do not need to change any of your site’s existing code. If you are ever unhappy you can turn it off as easily as you turned it on. The core service is free, and enhanced servers are available for websites who need extra features like real time reporting or SSL.
Get started with CloudFlare by going to their website, or the CloudFlare tab within your cPanel Web Hosting.
- 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.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) Explained
If you understand the CloudFlare CDN, then you will know that it is a great way for your customers to access your website quickly and easily, all over the world. Knowing that your customers are secure in the hands of CloudFlare, takes the pressure off and lets you get on with growing your business.
CloudFlare designed its CDN without the legacy of the last 15 years. Their proprietary technology takes advantage of recent changes to hardware, web server technology and network routing. In other words, CloudFlare have built the next-generation CDN. The result is a CDN that is easier to setup, more affordable, and performs better than any legacy CDN you’ve tried before.
CloudFlare operates out of 28 data centers around the world. Their CDN automatically caches your static website files at each nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from your web server. Using technology called Anycast , your visitors are then routed to the nearest data center. The result is that your website, on average, loads twice as fast for your visitors regardless of where they are located.
On average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast for its visitors, sees 65% fewer requests and saves 60% of bandwidth.