Site does not load when Cloudflare is active. only when it is NOT Active


This is the 2nd time I am running into something like this. The first time I gave up and moved the site off Cloudflare, but not that its happening again, am wondering if I have not set something up correctly.

  1. The domain points to Cloudflare Name servers. It’s been just over 24 hours from that change, so possible that propagation is not complete.
  2. I have tried switching the A record to DNS only - no change
  3. When Cloudflare is on - I get an error “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS” and the site does not load. When CF is off, or Dev mode is on - the site loads correctly.
  4. SSL mode on Cloudflare is set to OFF (enabled on the site itself)

Can someone help me understand why i get this “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS” error?


Is the encryption mode deliberately disabled? If so, you also need to disable Universal SSL.

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Encryption is off because i have it enabled on the server itself anyway (the server-side code forwards to SSL mode if needed).

I dont see “Universal SSL.” - where is this?

PS: I’m on the Free version.

So you do want SSL? In that case you need to have it on your server and on Cloudflare. Set your encryption mode to Full Strict.

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Full strict requires a CA root cert? That means that the common “lets Encrypt” version would not suffice?

That is not correct. Strict works with any certificate any browser will work as well.

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Ok, thanks. Trying this. Will report back to confirm. TY.

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