Cloudflare is the one of the best CDN (Content delivery network) and its completely free for basic websites / blogs. You can upgrade to get extra features.
Cloudflare have its own SSL certificate, to provide extra security. You can use your own SSL certificate, if you have your own SSL certificate. Cloudflare will help your site to be keep online using caching.
Step 1 : Sign Up
Click here to register your cloudflare account. Registration process will take 2 min, no need provide your credit/debit card details. Free account is more than enough for normal website or blog.
Click Sign Up link in home page
Enter your email id and password and click Create account button
Step 2 : Login to Cloudflare Account
After successful registration of cloudflare you can login to your cloudflare account. In dashboard you will get “Add a Site” button. Click that button to add your website.
Click Add a Site button
Step 3 : Add Your Website
Enter your website and and click add a site button.
You will be redirect to plan selection page. You can select free plan for testing purpose and click choose plan button.
Cloudflare will check your ip and DNS details and show your proxy details. Click continue button to proceed further.
Click “Continue with default”
Cloudflare will prompt your current name server’s and new nameservers. You should change your nameserver for pointing all requests to cloudflare.
Click next to navigate cloudflare configuration page. In this page you have to select your security type and other configurations.
You can select improve security option to change your website security level. In this window you can select “Full” and click save button. Now you are fully secured.
Select always use HTTPS option in navigation menu and turn on always use HTTPS button then click save.
Select all options in auto minify window and click save.
Brotli also turn it on to speed up your page load. Then click save button. Now your cloudflare configurations is completed.
Step 4 : Change your name server
Login to your domain registrar website, and change name server to custom DNS and enter cloudflare nameserver.
Step 5 : Check your DNS status
Go to your cloudflare dashboard, and click “Recheck” button to check your DNS settings.
After clicking recheck button cloudflare will start domain propagation. Once propagation is completed, you will get confirmation email.
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