How exactly does using Cloudflare DNS work?

I just can’t wrap my head around how this works. How does my web host still access the domain if the DNS from the registrar is pointing to Cloudflare instead of the host server NS? Can anyone explain? Do I need to have my website (Wordpress blog) connected to the domain for a while before using Cloudflare?

They can’t. Well, not directly. But as you provider they need to keep control over the domain to lock it down due to unpaid bills or abuse. But they cannot control your DNS settings.

You can add content immediately to Cloudflared domains. Only the cache needs some time, depending on your plan level. About a week on free IIRC.

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