Moving away from Cloudflare - changing the DNS?

Hello,

I would I go about changing my DNS back to Namecheap from Cloudflare?

Thanks!

The recent down time (last hour) was a result of the caching service not the DNS. You could just uncheck the orange cloud and limit it only to DNS. With that said it depends, if you’re using CloudFlare for your registrar you can’t without changing registrars back, if your using CloudFlare only for DNS/Caching then you just change your nameservers on namecheap back to default namecheap (making sure your DNS settings are first set properly at namecheap)

Well you couldn’t access the dash, so would t be able to change the cloud.

You’d need to go to your registrar, and change nameservers there, from Cloudflare’s to Namecheap’s nameservers.

I don’t recommend Namecheap’s free DNS service, it’s way slower and less robust than CloudFlare’s. You can just turn off the orange cloud and continue using just CloudFlare’s DNS service. This way you will prevent your website from going down due to problems with CloudFlare’s reverse proxy.

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Oh, didn’t know that. So switching from the orange cloud to the grey one will stop my site from going down, whilst still taking advantage of the quicker Cloudflare DNS?

Aren’t I already using the Namecheap DNS service though?

Thanks!

Edit: Wow, changed it, the site is a lot quicker now - how could the CDN slow it down?

Yep. All of my mission-critical websites use just the CloudFlare DNS service and they didn’t go down just now. The ones that used CloudFlare’s reverse proxy & CDN (i.e. the orange cloud) did go down.

If your website is on CloudFlare, hence using their nameservers, you’re not using Namecheap’s DNS service, although I can understand why you’d think otherwise.

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Awesome, thanks for helping me out. Oddly the speed has improved now that I switched of the HTTP proxy.

The CDN can slow it down, because it essentially adds a second layer. Your computer connects to CloudFlare, and then CloudFlare connects to your origin server, whereas if you have your grey cloud turned on, your computer connects directly to the origin server. The CDN can slow it down, because it essentially adds a second layer. Your computer connects to CloudFlare, and then CloudFlare connects to your origin server, whereas if you have your grey cloud turned on, your computer connects directly to the origin server. However small, CloudFlare’s reverse proxy does add overhead.

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Great, thank you very much. Very happy now I made this change - all my files are on BunnyCDN anyway so didn’t really need CF.

Glad that I can keep the security/SSL too. Really appreciate it :smiley:

No problem. :wink: I also use CloudFlare’s DNS in combination with a third-party CDN, and it’s working great for me, both performance and uptime wise.

You won’t be able to keep CloudFlare’s SSL certificate, but if your origin server has a certificate installed, you will be fine.

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