This tutorial covers creating a Cloudflare account, adding a domain, changing nameservers and checking imported DNS records.
Go to cloudflare.com and click 'Sign Up’
Enter your Email and create a password, read the terms and notices and click ‘Create Account’
Enter your domain. This has to be your actual domain (e.g.
mydomain.co.uk) and must not include any domain specific hostnames (e.g.
www.mydomain.com or similar). Furthermore the domain has to be an immediate child of an official top-level domain (or one of its official second-level domains).
mydomain.co.uk is permitted,
mydomain.someisp.co.uk is not.
See https://publicsuffix.org/list/public_suffix_list.dat for a full list of accepted parent domains.
Wait until Cloudflare has queried your existing DNS records.
Select your plan
Important: Check that the DNS records found match those listed at your domain registrar / web host and add any that are needed.
If you skip this step your website might not resolve.
Click any orange clouds () to turn them grey ( ) and click ‘Continue’
Change your nameservers
Copy the nameservers required by Cloudflare
Log in to your Domain registrar and edit the nameservers to the ones provided by Cloudflare
Once you have changed them, click ‘Continue’ at Cloudflare
Click ‘Re-check now’
The changes may take some time to propagate but you should see this message once it is complete
Check your site
Visit your website and check that it is functioning correctly
If you have completed this, it looks like you are ready to move on to Step 2: Setting up SSL with Cloudflare!
This tutorial is one in the ‘Getting setup with Cloudflare’ series. They are listed below:
- Step 1: Adding your domain to Cloudflare
- Step 2: Setting up SSL with Cloudflare
- Step 3: Enabling the 'Orange Cloud'
- Step 4: Checking your site after adding it to Cloudflare
This is a Community Tutorial, most are wiki posts, so can be contributed to by Regulars and MVPs here, you can view all the community tutorials here. If there is a tutorial you would like to see, you can request one here.
Other great resources on this community include the Community Tips . These address best practices when configuring Cloudflare, how to fix issues you may see, and tools to troubleshoot. Also you can view Expert Tips, great posts on the community that can help users with a similar issue.
We encourage users to check out these great resources and the Cloudflare Support Centre before posting