But that simply isn’t true. I mean, you’re welcome to go on to plan B or C. Don’t get me wrong. If you’re not happy with Cloudflare’s performance then there are any number of alternatives to explore. But the assertion that there’s no difference between the two sites other than that they are running through Cloudflare is simply untrue.
Take for example the “Get a quote” image on the sites. On one page the source for that image is https://i1.wp.com/unitedcarpetclean.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/get_a_quote.png and on the other it is https://www.uccrservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/get_a_quote.png. If the sites were the same the sources would be the same. But it appears that the non-Cloudflare site is using an image optimization service and then being compared to a Cloudflare plan which doesn’t have that service.
The version being sent through Cloudflare is significantly larger.And it’s not Cloudflare that is making the content larger, when I curl the image through Cloudflare and direct from the origin it’s the same size (27681bytes). Please, by all means run the test yourself to see:
curl -I https://www.uccrservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/get_a_quote.png
curl -I --resolve www.uccrservices.com:443:[your origin IP address] https://www.uccrservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/get_a_quote.png
curl -I https://i1.wp.com/unitedcarpetclean.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/get_a_quote.png
You’ll see the content length remains unchanged on the Cloudflare site whether it is direct from origin
If you want to compare the same site through Cloudflare and not, then simply run your tests 2x using Cloudflare in front of www.uccrservices.com (orange cloud) and direct to origin (gray cloud) as @prayag.verma suggests . The scores will be poor and poorer, but at least then you’ll be comparing apples and apples.