Hm yeah about the SpeedTest/SpeedBenchmark of CloudFlare:
For me this is not a reliable test, nor is it professional and transparent and does not give you are valuable details on how really improve your site then advertising some CloudFlare products like and you are not getting told what exactly it means when they write “on CloudFlare” as they may have activated some expensive products and show you what it could be.
But also the “Without CloudFlare” mode is not described because this still can be measured while beeing proxied but just not speed up or with “Cache: BYPASS” forced to everything.
Another thing thats very unique at CloudFlares test they seem to always test from somewhere within the USA:
And while my server is located in germany obviously the benchmarks looks was better when measured from somewhere far away as then the CDN effect kicks in and everything will be faster, but is my site really faster when requested from somewhere where my real audience is coming from and they are not comming from the USA apparently?
Your tests are limited to 4 or 5 a month and there is apparently just one test location.
I in total can not really recommend testing with CloudFlares benchmark but I can recommend testing with WebPageTest which have been proven to be very usefull and also is able to measure your origin if you configurate the “Advanced settings”:
properly to directly connect to your origin server by setting up a “
Host Resolver Rules
You then obviously also should enable the option “
Ignore SSL Certificate Errors
Thats the only reliable way I can recommend to test your site if you want to compare Speed while using CloudFlare again your origin without CloudFlare.
On the other hand, yes purchasing a Pro or Business Plan does indeed speed up your site expecially if you are not able to natively optimize your site and therefore you can use CloudFlares service to faster transfer your site to your clients. I anyway can recommend upgrading to Pro Plan as it gives you very good additional unctionality and boost for such less money. So there is nothing wrong with CloudFlares products, just the SpeedTest is not very detailed and therefore I do not rely on.