How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

We're excited to announce our partnership with CloudFlare, a web performance and security company! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, their value proposition is simple: they'll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

We power more than 400 billion monthly page views - more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined - and over 1.2 billion monthly users regularly pass through our network. We’re really glad Custom D has partnered with CloudFlare
– Ashley Gorringe, CloudFlare.

Faster web performance

CloudFlare run data centers located strategically all over the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, they begin routing your traffic to the closest physical data center. They'll analyse the content that's being sent and optimise it before sending through the client.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

If you're running a dedicated server, then the decreased server load could mean significantly lower hosting costs as less server resources are required to serve the same content to your visitors.

Broad web security

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about their approach is that the system gets smarter with each site added to CloudFlare. They analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

Signing up

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. If you've got a website with us, we can get you set up with CloudFlare quickly and efficiently thanks to our partnership integrations. Just ask us!

We’ve kept the price as low as possible and the base level plans offered through Custom D are free. Moreover, you're never charged for bandwidth or storage through the CloudFlare network, saving on reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare's advanced offerings, they also offer a 'Pro' tier of service for $20/month. The 'Pro' tier includes all of the 'Free' tier's offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

If you're accepting credit card details through the server, you'll need the 'Business' tier for $200/month, which is PCI compliant.

If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Custom D, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community.

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