Deprecated - Step 3: Enabling the 'Orange Cloud'

This tutorial is deprecated in favour of Proxy status · Cloudflare DNS docs


This tutorial covers what records can be set to :orange: and what should be left at :grey:.

What does :orange: do?

The orange cloud means that traffic to that hostname is running through Cloudflare
This includes

  • Masking your IP

  • Caching

  • an HTTPS certificate on the edge servers (a separate certificate on your server is still necessary)

What records can you enable :orange: for?

A, AAAA and CNAME are the only records that can have :orange: enabled, but not only those related to web-services should be set to :orange: (e.g. mail related records cannot be proxied)

When should you leave records :grey:?

  • If the record is anything other than A, AAAA or CNAME

  • If you are trying to validate a service with a record

  • For non web traffic, including Mail, FTP etc.

How to change records to :orange: or :grey:

  1. Login to Cloudflare
  2. Select the domain
  3. Go to the DNS app
  4. Click the cloud icon to toggle between :orange: and :grey:

When should you change your records to :orange:?

If you have SSL set to ‘Off’, you can set the correct records to :orange: immediately, if you are using SSL, you may wish to wait until your certificate in Cloudflare has issued to avoid possible downtime. I would recommend waiting until you see this in your SSL/TLS app before you switch the relevant records to :orange:.

There is a support article about this available as well:

If you have completed this, it looks like you are ready to move on to Step 4: Checking your site after adding it to Cloudflare!

This tutorial is one in the ‘Getting setup with Cloudflare’ series. They are listed below:

Tutorial Reference: CT-03

Reviewed: 07/21

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