Firstly, thanks for the amazing features Cloudflare offers and please forgive my noobness. I have been scratching my head over the following questions and would really appreciate if someone could chime in and help answer them.
It’s been over 13 hours that I configured Cloudflare for my site and got the name servers updated on my hosting service bluehost. Although, I see green tick mark on my cloudflare dashboard, the page speed has gone down even further. Not complaining but just trying to understand how it works. I’ve read somewhere that it takes a little while (24-48 hours) for the domain propagation. Could someone please confirm if this is true?
While configuring, I simply went with the default options and didn’t make any changes except enabled the minification of JS, CSS & HTML and accelerated mobile links. Do i need to do anything else?
Under DNS records, I see only two records route through Cloudflare i.e. the main domain(without https) and the www. The rest goes through the automatic option. Do i have to create a new record which includes “https”?
Do I need another cache plugin on top of Cloudflare? I currently have wp supercache but I saw a tutorial where the tutor integrates W3 totalcache with cloudflare. Do i need to uninstall wp supercache and install W3 Totalcache instead?
Lastly, since I have wp supercache plugin, when a visitor opens a page, would that request be navigated via cloudflare or the plugin cache? in other words, where does the traffic route through? normally they go fetch from the plugin cache but now that I have cloudflare, do they still go through the plugin cache or directly through cloudflare’s cache? If latter is true then there should be no need of extra plugin.
I would truly appreciate your responses.