CommunityTip - Getting Started with Cloudflare & the Community

Scope
Follow the suggestions in this Community Tip to help understand best practices for Getting Started with Cloudflare and the Cloudflare Community.

Background
As you get started with Cloudflare, you’ll take a number of steps in a specific order to activate your site on Cloudflare. The first step is creating your account. From there, how you approach configuring your site is up to you. This Tip highlights helpful resources for each step along the way.

Welcome to Cloudflare
At Cloudflare, we want to help you build something great. Visit the Welcome Center for a step-by-step walk you through the essential actions you need to take to build something great.

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After you visit the Welcome Center, return to this tip if you have any questions about getting started with Cloudflare. We’re excited to see what you build.

Getting Started With Cloudflare

:checkered_flag: Pro Tip from YTCC
If you’re new to Cloudflare or if you’re unsure of exactly what you need from Cloudflare, you may want to start with a free plan. You can change plan types very easily later and you can have a mixture of all plan types in your account - free, pro, business and enterprise.

DNS

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You should only have two nameservers and they should both point to Cloudflare.

Email

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:ngrey: your mail record.

SSL

:checkered_flag: Pro Tip from YTCC
If your universal ssl certificate has not been provisioned within 24 hours of the site becoming active on Cloudflare, toggle Universal SSL off for 15 minutes and then back on to restart the process.

Security

:checkered_flag: Pro Tip from YTCC
Only use “I’m Under Attack!” mode when a website is under a DDoS attack. “I’m Under Attack!” mode may affect some your domain and/or your API traffic. Only use it when you need it.

Bot Management

:checkered_flag: Pro Tip from YTCC
Bot Management is an Enterprise feature. Contact your Customer Success Manager to enable Bot Management.

Performance

:checkered_flag: Pro Tip from YTCC
The Cloudflare network routes traffic based on priority and peering. This results in the fastest path not being the shortest path geographically, but it is the shortest path.

Workers

:checkered_flag: Pro Tip from YTCC
Try workers.dev to see what you can build with Workers.

Troubleshooting

:checkered_flag: Pro Tip from YTCC
Most questions have been asked and answered before, a :search: may answer your question before it’s asked!

Background Resources
Help Center
Community Tutorials
Diagnostic Center
Learning Center
Developers

Research The Issue
Community
Google

If You Need More Help
This community of other Cloudflare users may be able to help you get started with Cloudflare or a particular feature of Cloudflare. Search for prior posts and research your question as much as you can before asking the Community.

Expert Comments Appreciated
This Community Tip will remain open for input from Community experts and those familiar with Getting Started with Cloudflare. We really appreciate comments that start with things like, “try this, it’s useful when”, “I’d do this”, or “that is the first step”.

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