Don't know why people use Cloudflare as it takes up a huge load of resources and is incompatible with hosts that don't have SSL certificates enabled on Cloudflare's terms. For Cloudflare domains to work, a Webhost has to disable Cookie IP Validation in WHM. So as far as I can see it, in order to make Cloudflare work for customers who have Cloudflare, the Webhost has to step its security down in WHM. And what really blows me away is that Cloudflare, the socalled industry security expert, seems to think that it is OK to officially recommend Webhosts to step down their security in WHM to make Cloudflare get theirs to work with their customers.
I've literally hated Cloudflare since the first time I was posting at a Forum (in 2013) where the owner had experimented with Cloudflare. I was one of the founders of the Forum and I actually got locked out because of my changing IP and was forced to complete a stupid CAPTCHA. Looks as though Cloudflare is only really friendly when it deals with static IPs. Needless to say it was "bye bye" Cloudflare then as we wanted to get members to stay, not chase them away with Cloudflare. In addition, the owner couldn't find any benefits in terms of greater speed and efficiency with using Cloudflare, rather the opposite. It was an experiment that lasted a couple of days at best.
I liked this comment I found at Webhostingtalk as I'm sure there is some truth in it - for us anyway at the time when we had experimented with it:
|I honestly think most people that think it's "great" are too used to using overloaded servers like Hostgator/EIG, Godaddy, etc. Put the site on a good server, even a shared one (Stablehost), and it'll fly. There's really no need for a CDN unless it's video or a massive site with a ton of large images. And there are better CDNs than CF.
Just another one of those popular things that's way, way overrated.
Most people that like it are low-knowledge users on shared hosting, as best I can tell. I rarely see seasoned admins suggest it, and even then they don't give it rave reviews. It's lukewarm at best.
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I am one of those people who uses those overloaded servers like Hostgator. I use Hostgator, exactly. I have like 15 domains there. But I never had a problem with website speed even though I heard they oversell their servers. I have sites that receive upto 1700 visitors daily and they work fine.
I use Cloudflare for one of my domains. It has a better response time as a result. I can also use CloudFlare's free SSL service for that domain. I have activated it as well. Works great for me.
|For Cloudflare domains to work, a Webhost has to disable Cookie IP Validation in WHM. So as far as I can see it, in order to make Cloudflare work for customers who have Cloudflare, the Webhost has to step its security down in WHM. |
Do we really have to do that? I just remember changing my nameservers and allowing Cloudflare to point them correctly and automatically.
Great you had a good experience. By the way, how does your experience at Hostgator compare with that of Frihost?