Page Speed Interntionally - Free or Pro Version?

user25912

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Hi there,

my website is on a server in Germany. We installed Cloudflare free version to improve page speed int he US. But the page speed test on Pingdom in the US shows 2-4 seconds page speed.

Is the pro version for $20 needed? Possibly the Argo smart routing?
I’m not really a big tech guy to be honest. Any easy help would be appreicated.

Thanks so much for your help, Michael

Hello user25912

The Pro version of Cloudflare offers additional features like Polish image optimization and mobile image optimization with Mirage, which can potentially improve your site speed. However, the degree of improvement depends on various factors, including your website’s current optimization and the nature of your content.

Upgrading to Cloudflare Pro may not necessarily drastically reduce your page load times from 2-4 seconds to instant. The slowness you are experiencing might be due to factors unrelated to Cloudflare, such as server performance, website optimization, and the size of your webpages.

Also, Cloudflare’s Argo Smart Routing, which is an additional service, improves performance by routing visitors through the least congested and most reliable paths using real-time latency intelligence. This could possibly improve the loading speed for your US visitors.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Upgrade to the Pro plan (trial for a month)
  2. Enable Argo Smart Routing
  3. Retest your website speed using Pingdom from a US location

If the improvement is significant and justifies the cost, you can continue with the Pro plan and Argo. If not, you can cancel your upgrade.

Remember this is all based on your specific scenario, and actual results may vary.

Regards,

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