CloudFlare offers a slew of web services that make sites faster and more secure. These services include protection against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks as well as domain name server (DNS) services, a web application firewall, a reverse proxy service, content delivery network (CDN) servers, secure socket layer (SSL) certificates, and static page caching.
- Lots of free services, such as SSL certificates, CDNs and DNS
- One stop shopping for securing a website and keeping it responsive
- Access points all over the world, which can handle just about any traffic thrown at it
- Easy to use and powerful, and it can provide protection within minutes
- Lots of useful free services
- Excellent community resources and support
- Some of the most useful tools, such as the web application firewall, require a paid monthly plan
- No malware protection
CloudFlare provides many useful services to website owners, and many of them are free, including SSL certificates, DNS services and CDN servers. It is often the case that the question is not whether a website should use CloudFlare, but which services of CloudFlare should it use. What's more, CloudFlare has access points all over the world, and near limitless capacity. CloudFlare is very easy to set up. Within minutes, any website can become faster and more secure. CloudFlare can even keep a website running when it's under a DDoS attack or receiving an unusually high amount of traffic. Also, because so many companies and individuals use CloudFlare, there are lots of resources available to glean information from, and the company themselves offers terrific support, even to those who are using free services. Pretty much the only thing CloudFlare really can't do is provide protection against malware or remove it.