Cloudflare CDN not working

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#1

A week or so ago I activated CloudFlare (free plan) on our wordpress website (hosted by Dreamhost) - www.thestudygurus.com - and I do not think that the CDN is working. At least it hasn’t changed our load times, and on a number of ‘speed test’ or CDN checker sites state that the site does not have one.

In the backend everything looks to be turned on - the site is certainly active via the CloudFlare DNS servers. I even set a page rule to add ‘cache everything’, and I don’t believe this is working.

Would greatly appreciate any input - I’m sure it’s just something simple I haven’t set up properly.

Thanks


#2

Cloudflare is not a CDN but a caching proxy.

Your site loads fine, a bit slow though, however thats not because of Cloudflare but because of your server and the initial page load. You simply need to optimise that bit.


#3

Thanks Sandro. I’m certainly looking into what else I can do to improve page load time.

I understand Cloudflare works largely as a caching proxy, but “Global CDN” is the second listed feature of the cloudflare plan. Is this not the case?

Thanks, Chris


#4

Good point. A CDN is typically a dedicated service where you outsource certain files. In Cloudflare’s case you proxy your entire site and it caches several but not all resources. The CDN-like quality comes from the fact that Cloudflare has a globally anycasted network where requests do not hit one server but usually the one closest to each visitor.


#5

Cool, thanks for your response!