Does anyone have any tips about how to test Cloudflare on a test copy of my website? So that I can resolve issues before activating Cloudflare on my live website?
I have a website hosted at siteground.com, where I can activate Cloudflare from within my siteground account without having to change my name servers.
I did this yesterday, then turned on various free features of Cloudflare (railgun and rocketloader). The end result was that I had multiple problems on the website - the css wasn’t working properly, the mobile menu didn’t work, images weren’t displaying properly on smartphones, and various other issues which I couldn’t solve in a hurry.
Meanwhile, my poor users were obviously frustrated and my bounce rate started soaring. So I disabled Cloudflare for my website and my bounce rate is slowly coming back to normal.
I have the SG Optimizer plugin installed, and my Wordpress theme (the Jannah theme) also has a performance plugin included. So I have multiple places where I can turn on performance tuning features, for example, minification. I have avoided turning on any performance feature in multiple places. I’m thinking it might be best to use the Cloudflare options where possible – or doesn’t it matter?
How to go about testing
It seems I cannot use Cloudflare on a subdomain only, so I will create a test copy of my site using a spare domain name. I expect I will have to remove password protection on my test website before implementing Cloudflare.
Any tips, comments, suggestions or advice about how to go about testing would be appreciated.