CloudFlare is a FREE system that acts as a proxy between your visitors and our server. By acting as a proxy, CloudFlare caches static content for your site, subsequently lowering the number of requests to our servers while allowing visitors to access your site.
CloudFlare automatically optimizes the delivery of your site's pages so your visitors experience the fastest page load times and best performance in addition to blocking threats and limiting abusive bots and crawlers from eating up your bandwidth and server resources.
This means that CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
How to Enable CloudFlare from Bluehost for Your WordPress Website
Having a CDN can help you provide the best user experience to your readers. Many web hosting companies have tied up with CloudFlare.
You can set it up inside their cPanel. You can do that from Siteground, Bluehost and many others.
If you’re using Bluehost then you would be happy to know that in this tutorial, you will learn the easy to follow method to enable CloudFlare from Bluehost.
It doesn’t require any kind of technical knowledge. You just need to follow the guide.
A Step by Step Guide to Activate CloudFlare for Your Website Hosted on Bluehost
Before starting, let me clear something. Activating CloudFlare from your web host is different from the direct activation from the CloudFlare website.
You can use free CloudFlare CDN by creating an account on their official website and add your website.
To apply it, you have to replace your web hosting DNS settings with the CloudFlare DNS. Whereas, when you enable it from inside the web hosting, you don’t need to change anything.
Just a few clicks and your website will get added on the CloudFlare server.
Follow these steps.
Login to your Bluehost account and open the cPanel.
Search the “CloudFlare” icon in the Domains’ section. Click on the icon and a new page will get opened.
You will be asked to login to your CloudFlare account.
If you don’t have any, you can create a new account within a minute. Just click on the “Click Here” link beside the “Don’t have a CloudFlare account?”
A new page will open and you will see the space to fill your email address. Use it with which, you want to create a CloudFlare account.
Check the box to accept the terms and conditions and click on the Login button.
Now, you can see the name of the domain name and the status of the CloudFlare.
Click on the Activate button and it will get activated within a few seconds. If the status doesn’t change, you can check it by logging directly to your CloudFlare account.
Sometimes, it takes some time to show the active status.
From now, your website will have the benefits of CloudFlare. You can also enable the firewall and many rules can be applied.
Pros and Cons of CloudFlare
Advantages of the CloudFlare System
Site Performance Improvement- CloudFlare has proxy servers located throughout the world. Proxy servers are located closer to your visitors, which means they will likely see page load speed improvements as the cached content is delivered from the closest caching box instead of directly off our server. There is a lot of research showing a correlation between the speed of a site and the length of time that a visitor stays.
Bot and Threat Protection- CloudFlare uses data from Project Honey Pot and other third party sources, as well as the data from its community to identify malicious threats online and stop the attacks before they even get to your site. You can see which threats are being stopped through your CloudFlare dashboard.
Spam Comments Protection- CloudFlare leverages data from third party resources to reduce the number of spam comments on your site
Alerting Visitors of Infected Computers- CloudFlare alerts human visitors that have an infected computer that they need to take action to clean up the malware or virus on their machine. The visitor can enter a CAPTCHA to gain access to your site.
Offline Browsing Mode: In the event that our server is unavailable, visitors should still be able to access your site since CloudFlare serves the visitor a page from its cache.
Lower CPU Usage- As fewer requests hit our server, this lowers the overall CPU usage of your account.
New Site Stats- You have good tools to evaluate human traffic coming to your site, but no insight into search engine crawlers and threats. With CloudFlare, now you do.
Limitations of the CloudFlare Stystem
Currently, requests must be directed to www.$domain instead of $domain (which means you may need to make some configuration changes).
CloudFlare caches static content from your site. While this reduces the load on your server, it means that if you make a change to an existing static file, like an image, there may be a delay before the change appears. While you are updating your site, you can put CloudFlare in Development Mode so changes appear immediately.
CloudFlare's basic mode cannot handle SSL certificates. If you need to use an SSL certificate, that part of your site needs to be on a subdomain that is not protected.
I Hope You Can Easily Enable CloudFlare from Bluehost
Bluehost is considered as one of the most reputed web hosting companies and with the built-in CloudFlare feature adds one more point.
Most of the people get scared when they heard about doing something using the cPanel.
Have you found the above-explained method hard? Can’t you enable CloudFlare from Bluehost on your WordPress website?
It’s way easier than setting up directly through the official website of CloudFlare. As mentioned earlier, no extra settings are required. If you still face any problem, watch this video.