CloudFlare (http://www.cloudflare.com) is a service that protects and accelerates any website. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, your web traffic is routed through their intelligent global network. CloudFlare automatically optimizes the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. CloudFlare blocks threats and limits abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
Here are five reasons you should take a closer look at CloudFlare:
- CloudFlare Makes Your Site Faster
CloudFlare’s global CDN (Content Delivery Network) has 24 data centers around the world. CloudFlare’s CDN automatically caches your static files so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from your web server.CloudFlare then uses a technology called Anycast to route your visitors to the nearest data center.As a result, sites that use CloudFlare load twice as fast for visitors, regardless of location. In addition, CloudFlare network sites use 65% fewer server requests and save 60% of bandwidth.
Once implemented, the CloudFlare system offers a range of security levels and automatically tunes the best level of protection for your site based upon your needs. CloudFlare protects against such evils as cross-site scripting, SQL database injections, comment spammers and email harvesters.
- Search Engine Optimization
On average, sites that use CloudFlare load twice as fast. One of the factors influencing your website’s search engine ranking is the speed by which your website loads, according to Google’s Webmaster Tools.
- Browser Optimization
Every browser works a bit differently, whether it is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer on a PC or Apple’s Safari on an iPhone. CloudFlare’s automatic browser optimization adjusts the way content is delivered based on the particular device accessing the site to maximize speed without affecting the site’s look or features.
If your server ever goes offline, CloudFlare will serve a limited copy of your cached website to keep it online for your visitors. CloudFlare builds a recent version of your website, so your most popular pages are represented.
For more information about implementing CloudFlare on your website, call us at 404.848.9440 or contact us here.