Nowadays many search engine uses website speed as a metric for ranking specially Google with their mission to make the web faster.
There are many ways to optimize your website or blog so that it will load faster. You’re probably looking at not just one option because you can use a lot of methods to off load the bottleneck. Compression, mirrors, CDN, caching, and so on. I won’t go into details on how you can make your site faster. I just like to share my experience with a very unique approach to CDN. I was compelled to finally try this service yesterday.
CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit 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.
CloudFlare claims that on average, a website using their service loads 30% faster, uses 60% less bandwidth and has 65% fewer requests. With zero-cost and additional performance boost, you simply can’t beat that offer. My blog is running CloudFlare now and I observed page-load improvements.
Web traffic is also filtered using the intelligent network which help thwarts spammers, botnets and other threats that may harm your website. If any of them get across your website, they will be greeted with a challenge page that looks like this. In my short period of testing CloudFlare already blocked few attacks. I’m impressed.
Currently CloudFlare has 8servers distributed around the globe: 5 in the USA, 1 in Netherlands, 1 in Japan and 1 in Hong Kong which was recently opened. The service is relatively new since it was introduced by Techcrunch as “CDN for the masses” last year. The company gained momentum after nearly winning TechCrunch Disrupt last year.
It is fairly easy to set-up as it only requires changing DNS settings. If you are skeptical about this and have not tried doing any changes on your domain name, don’t worry because there are a number of testimonies around the web about this service already. The company also has knowledge-base and community support to help newbies as well as paying customers.
Curious now? Watch a quick video about CloudFlare after the break.