Have you heard of this business called Cloudflare? I’ve used them in the past then stopped for no good reason at all 1 year ago. Just last night I added my blog again and now being protected by Cloudflare. You don’t have to use one of their paid memberships at all, the free plan in which I am on is just as good. Takes a few minutes to add your blog and then you can go about your business. I do suggest that you visit the Cloudflare.com homepage and read information on their website. There is too much to explain in 1 blog post and there support is good as well.
I had emailed them last night about 1 thing and they got back to me under 24 hours and let me remind you that I emailed support at 1:30a.m. last night which was a Friday night. Guess they have support 24 hours a day.
Anyways, it’s easy to add your site to cloudflare, I’ll post some screenshots so you know what you are getting into.
Step 1: After you registered, go to the following page: Click on “WEBSITES” in the top bar
Click “ADD WEBSITE” when you are finished typing in your domain name.
Step 2: Your website should be getting scanned right now. Just sit there and wait for this task to get done. It will take no longer than 2 minutes. FYI, it’s scanning for your domains DNS records. When it’s done you should be sitting at this screen below.
Click on “CONTINUE SETUP“.
Step 3: You should now be at the following page that states “configure DNS records”
I’m not going to show you my DNS records that are on that page but these records are correct 99% of the time so just scroll down to bottom of the page and click on the “GREEN” button that says “I’ve added all missing records, continue”
Step 4: Selecting membership and settings. Here is what I selected and using on this blog right now.
- Chosen Plan: FREE
- Performance: CDN + Basic optimise
- Security: Medium
Select “Continue” at the bottom of the page.
Step 5: Update your name servers to Cloudflares. FYI, your domain will still be registered under your current domain register’s account and controlled by your domain register. For Cloudflare to physically work on your blog, you need to complete this step. What’s best about this is you will have zero downtime. Follow directions after this to finish the setup.
Next thing to do is learn about the features you can now enable or disable in your cloudflare account. Visit the Help Center and start browsing around. Wow, I almost forgot about these 2 things. You should install the Cloudflare Plugin WordPress plugin and set it up. Takes like 1 minute to set it up actually.
If you are running W3 total cache plugin, let your web host know that you just setup Cloudflare on your blog and to make sure that you don’t have to change certain settings in your W3 total cache plugin. Now in this plugin, you can actually enable cloudflare on it. In the settings for this plugin go to the “General” settings tab and scroll down near the bottom to enable Cloudflare. Just follow directions, save settings and empty your cache.
Well, I tried to walk you through this setup process after you join Cloudflare to add your WordPress blog. I know it’s basic with poor screenshots but with Cloudflare on this blog, I got that extra security besides running my blog on the Genesis Framework and being hosted by Websynthesis. Now I can focus on the blog and not worry so much about this blog security. I won’t let my guard down but Cloudflare helps with security, faster loading pages and other things as you will find out once you hang out on their website for a while reading information.