What is CloudFlare? How Do I Enable It in cPanel?

CloudFlare is a free service that accelerates and secures your website by acting as a proxy between your visitors and Web.com.ph's server.

The advantages of enabling the CloudFlare system on your site:

  • 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 that shows that a faster a site, the longer 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.
  • 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.

CloudFlare Limitations:

  • Requests must be directed to www.yourdomain.tld instead of yourdomain.tld which means you may need to make some changes in your configuration.
  • CloudFlare may affect internal statistic programs that read directly from Apache logs. (CloudFlare will not affect web-based 
    analytic programs that use JavaScript like Google Analytics.) While your logs will reflect fewer requests to your server and 
    therefore lower load, the experience to your visitors should be unaffected.
  • 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.

 

How Do I Enable It in cPanel?

Shared and Reseller plans may enable CloudFlare services via cPanel. Please make sure your nameservers are pointing to ns1-ns4.web.com.ph and follow steps below:

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Under the Software/Services section, click the CloudFlare icon.
  3. Enter your email address, and click the checkbox to accept CloudFlare's Terms of Service.

Note: If you wish to add the domain to an existing CloudFlare account, simply enter the email address for the desired account and you will be prompted to provide the password.

  1. Click Signup Now! You will automatically be redirected to the Activate CloudFlare page.
  2. Next to the site on which you wish to enable CloudFlare, click Edit.
  3. Under CloudFlare Status, click on the gray cloud to enable CloudFlare for the domain.
  4. The gray cloud will change to an orange cloud, and a message will appear at the top of the screen confirming successful activation. Should you wish to deactivate it, just click the orange cloud and it will change to gray cloud.


For further reading, please visit https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us

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