Cloudflare is an American web security company. It provide Content Delivery Network services and prevent websites from DDoS attack and other privacy attack. In this article we will tell you WHAT IS CLOUDFLARE AND WHY YOU NEED IT FOR YOUR BLOG. Also we will tell you what is a CDN.
What is a CDN?
A content delivery network is a group of servers located in different parts of the world or a large country. The CDN stores copies of files of websites on each server located in different parts. It provides closest copies of files, and provides faster load experience to the visitors.
Every webpage is hosted on a server which can near for some visitors or can be very far for some. Consider a visitor visiting your webpage that is hosted thousands of miles away. There are some routing issue can also be occur and, the information can some time to reach the visitor so visitor will experience a slower loading speed of webpage.
By connecting your website with a CDN you can be sure that your visitors are seeing the nearest copies of files.
what is cloudflare?
Cloudflare is a Content delivery Network (CDN) company. Cloudflare is a giant VPN with too many data centers on the planet. The Cloudflare has a concept of combining web security and performance enhancement in a CDN. In easy words Cloudflare speed up your website and protects it from hackers attacks, DDoS attacks, security and privacy threats.
By connecting your website with Cloudflare, the visitors will see your website from the location which physically closer to them. No matter where your site is hosted.
According to Cloudflare, on average a website that is using Cloudflare loads twice as fast. uses 60% less bandwidth, and more secure.
Origin of Cloudflare
Cloudflare was founded by Mathew Prince, Michel Zatlyn, Lee Holloway in 2009.
These people started the project with an idea to stop spammers and provide web security solutions. Meanwhile they found that a secure website is performing better than an insecure website.
This lead them to develop the ways of improving website performance.
Services Provided by Cloudflare.
SECURITY – Protection against malicious traffic.
Cloudflare prevents your website by Hackers and spammers. Cloudflare analyze your website’s incoming traffic by a series of tests and detect malicious IPs. It block all incoming malicious IPs before accessing your website. It doesn’t create problem for your genuine visitors and crawlers.
Universal SSL Certificate.
Cloudflare provides free SSL certificate. which enable a secure protocol on website means HTTPS.
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocols Secure) is a ranking factor for google.
HOW DOES CLOUDFLARE MAKES YOUR SITE FASTER?
Here are some concept described below which are used by Cloudflare to make your website faster.
When a visitor visits a webpage first time, some common webpage resource files are stored on local computer. The process called browser caching. So when visitor goes another page of same website then browser don’t need to load some of common resources like logo of webpage, CSS files, common pictures etc, because the browser has already saved up them up them on local computer. The browser shows visitors these saved resources rather of showing fresh.
The browser caching can decrease website load time and make it faster on repeat visit of same visitor.
The Cloudflare uses this technique to make your website faster and decreases your website load time.
Since your website data is stored across Cloudflare server network and your site visitors will see your site from the nearest data center which will reduce the distance between visitor and data center thus the latency will be reduced.
Cloudflare has 4 types of plans from zero to thousands Dollars. These plans are described below.
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Does My Blog Need Cloudflare?
It crucial to decide whether your blog need Cloudflare or not.
You need Cloudflare if:-
- Your blog is streaming large video files.
- Blog contains so much images.
- Your blog is getting traffic from all over the world or from a large country like USA, India, Russia, China, etc.
These blog does not need Cloudflare if:-
If your blog getting traffic from a particular geographic area or from a small country.
SEO With Cloudflare:-
You probably might thinking about your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Cloudflare can improve your site’s SEO ranking by:-
1. Enabling HTTPS on your site.
2. Providing dedicated SSL certificate.
3. Improving site speed.
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