Speeding up websites is critical for better ranking in Google. Websites that take too long to load are always frustrating to the user and unproductive to the web owner. One way of speeding up websites is to use a service like CloudFlare.
CloudFlare is a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
CloudFlare is a free CDN. A CDN stores copies of your site’s data in numerous centres across the world. In doing so, it ensures that your website is closer to your customers. Closer data centres have the effect of speeding up websites and ensuring a superior browsing experience. CloudFlare also offers improved security by blocking known threats to prevent your website being exploited by Malware.
CloudFlare works like an intermediary. Once you’ve added your website it routes your visitors’ request through their network. At the same time, it makes necessary modifications to improve the response time.
CloudFlare can also optimise your files so that they are compressed and thus load faster. It minimizes your file sizes, caches them and delivers them to the website user. By doing so, it has the advantage of speeding up your website.
CloudFlare also helps to protect your website against spammers and other attacks which may harm your website and render it slow. With CloudFlare, you never have to worry about excessive bot crawling and malicious attacks such as SQL injection and denial of service attacks because your website is kept safe at all the times. Another huge advantage is that it can cache your website. If your server is interrupted it can show a cached copy rather than a “Service Unavailable” message.
Its not just about speeding up websites
In addition to speeding up websites, CloudFlare has a host of other features. Here are our top 5…
Automatically optimises your pages. It reduces the volume of network connections and ensures that even third party resources won’t slow down page rendering.
Nothing to install
CloudFlare does not require any hardware, software or code changes. With a simple change to DNS, you can be up and be running in minutes.
Local storage caching
Local storage on browsers and mobile devices are used to cache the objects needed to best display websites.
Every browser works a bit differently, whether it is Internet Explorer on a PC or Safari on an iPhone. Browser optimisation automatically adjusts the way content is delivered based on each device thus speeding up websites without affecting the site’s look or features.
Automatic learning of new attacks
CloudFlare detects new attacks that happen on any website in its network. Once an attack is verified, it will block the attack for that website and the entire community. This also means the longer you are on CloudFlare, the better the protection becomes.
Cloudflare is a free service (and you can pay for more features if you wish). You can find them at Cloudflare.com. If you need help, get in touch via our contact page. Remember we’re here to help.