How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site
CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.
CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with WebAura! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.
CloudFlare powers more than 400 billion monthly page views – more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined – and over 1.2 billion monthly users regularly pass through our network.
WebAura is excited to bring our customers the advantages that this partnership offers.
Faster web performance
CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like WebAura and make it even better.
CloudFlare runs 76 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.
As your traffic passes through the data centers, CloudFlare intelligently determines what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on their servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your web site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.
CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on WebAura servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare users see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to the WebAura servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.
Broad web security
Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.
CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about their approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are a part of the CloudFlare community. CloudFlare analyzes the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.
In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.
Rise of DDoS Attacks
By integrating closely with CloudFlare, we make the setup process “1 click easy” through your existing WebAura Control Panel dashboard. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!
CloudFlare integration is free on any of the new Shared Hosting plans. If you are on one of our previous hosting plans (Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum), please reach out to us by submitting a support ticket via the Client Area or via email at email@example.com to move onto one of our new plans at little to no cost.
For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, they also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.