About cloudflare

Performance & security are two big draws, but different people use cloudflare for different things. I know a lot of those reasons are mentioned on this site and rather than :search: for details and not share enough, I asked one of our Demo Workers chatgpt bots for a summary. I’ve edited the reply to make sure it’s accurate.

Cloudflare is a service that acts as a middleman between a website’s server and its visitors to improve the website’s performance and security. Here’s why it is considered important:

  1. CDN (Content Delivery Network): Cloudflare’s network stores a cache of your site assets and delivers it to the user from the nearest geographical location. This makes your website globally fast by reducing latency.

  2. DDoS Protection: Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks aim to bring down websites by overwhelming them with traffic from multiple sources. Cloudflare’s security protections defend your website against these attacks.

  3. Security: It provides added security for the website and protects it from harmful threats and bots that aim to disrupt services. Their WAF (Web Application Firewall) protects your site from hacking attempts.

  4. Free SSL certificate: It offers a free SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) which makes your website secure and build trust among users. You’ll want to make sure your site is secure prior to adding to Cloudflare and set ssl to Full (Strict) for visitor to origin security,

  5. Uptime: If your hosting server goes down, Cloudflare continues to serve your website’s static pages from its cache ensuring uptime.

  6. Performance: Cloudflare provides features like ‘Rocket Loader’ and ‘Auto Minify’ to optimize your website’s Javascript, CSS and HTML boosting performance.

  7. Analytics: Cloudflare provides detailed analytics about your web traffic, threats, search engine crawlers, which can be a crucial input for your SEO strategy and understanding your audience.

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