June 29, 2020
June 29, 2020
Using a Content Delivery Network is one of the best ways to reduce page loading time. There are numerous options to choose from, but Cloudflare stands out among the rest because of its exceptional service. What’s great, you can use it for free! Keep scrolling to learn how to set up Cloudflare on WordPress!
Cloudflare is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) that acts as a proxy between a website and the visitor. This system enables users to receive cached static content from the nearest servers. With shorter physical distance, the site can load faster.
What’s great about Cloudflare is that it has one of the biggest server networks in the world. As such, no matter where your visitors are, Cloudflare will help you deliver the fastest website experience. This surely will help to improve your site’s SEO as speed is one of the ranking factors in search engines.
Compared to traditional CDN, Cloudflare offers many other useful features:
Installing CloudFlare on WordPress is a straightforward process. Follow the guide below to know how to do it:
Once your WordPress site is added to Cloudflare, you’ll be prompted with the DNS details of your domain name. In this step, you can enable or disable Cloudflare for specific subdomains.
To activate, simply toggle the cloud to orange.
We highly suggest that you enable Cloudflare for your naked domain name and www subdomain. This way, Cloudflare will work on both www and non-www versions of your site.
Once you are done, press the Continue button to proceed to the next step.
It’s not recommended to enable CloudFlare for cPanel, mail, FTP, or any other subdomains as it can result in various DNS issues.
After activating Cloudflare for your domain and subdomains, you will be greeted with Cloudflare nameservers on the next page. Now, we need to replace your old nameservers with Cloudflare’s.
Note that it may take up to 72 hours for DNS to propagate worldwide. Once the nameservers update has been completed, you will receive an email confirmation message from Cloudflare. Alternatively, you can also check status on Cloudflare website. During this process, your page will not face any downtime.
To complete the whole process, we need to install the Cloudflare plugin on WordPress. The tool comes with various handy features to manage the CDN, such as:
Let’s proceed with the plugin installation.
After you log in to the Cloudflare plugin, you will see several settings:
CDN, or Content Delivery Network, is an important service that will help you boost your website speed. Out of so many options, we recommend you to use Cloudflare. It offers a reliable CDN service, as well as security and performance improvements.
What’s cool, you can set up Cloudflare on WordPress for free, as we have explained above. To summarize, here’s how you do that:
That’s it, good luck and enjoy your faster website!
April 03 2020
I am using hostinger.in hosting service. Can I use couldflare for my can. If I change nameservers to cloudflare, will I loose Hostinger.in hosting service?
Replied on April 04 2020
Hey, you will not lose Hostinger services, make sure to follow the steps written above and everything will be alright!
April 24 2020
I have followed all above-mentioned steps but I am having an error "Domain status: not pointing to our name servers". I am using hostinger domain & hostinger hosting. Please help
Replied on April 24 2020
Hi! I am not able to locate an account with us with your email to see the exact case, but this can occur if you have not added an A record in Cloudflare. A Records are necessary to direct a visitor's browser requests to an origin web server. Access your Cloudflare Dashboard and check if the A record added there is the same as the one in your Hostinger Dashboard. You can see your Hostinger DNS records in your Panel-> Advanced-> DNS zone editor. You will find the A record you need to use there.
May 04 2020
I installed free ssl certificate from cloudflare but it is not working on my website
Replied on May 04 2020
Hey, Amit, have you followed all the steps on the tutorial?
July 11 2020
Awesome step by step guidance. thank you so much.
Replied on July 14 2020
Happy to help! :)