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A comprehensive guide on how to set up Cloudflare CDN to speed up your website

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A 1-second delay in page load time equals 11% fewer page views, a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction, and 7% loss in conversions.” – The Aberdeen Group study.

Who loves to wait? I guess no one. Similarly, while visiting your website, if visitors have to wait for more than 2 to 3 seconds for your website page to load, they will abandon your site, getting frustrated as waiting sucks! Moreover, longer load times clog up your website besides eating up bandwidth and negatively affecting your indexation and search engine ranking and conversions.

How to reduce the loading time of a website? 

Among the lot of ways to improve page loading speed and perform well in website speed test the content delivery network is considered the best as it improves your site speed while reducing bounce rate, and security as well. It catches your site content and stores it on global servers, thus eliminates the need of going to the primary hosted server that is far away from the user, instead, the user request is served by the nearest CDN server- making your site load fast, improving page views and user engagement.

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Cloudflare, a San Francisco based company is another one of the best CDN service providers besides Azure CDN. It has its own custom-built system, designed to speed up every website, globally. The Cloudflare CDN grants FREE CDN to any online website including DNS and DDoS protection.

Cloudflare global CDN is easy to set up unlike other traditional CDNs and is zero-configuration, once you sign up for Cloudflare. It is one of the best CDNs to speed up your website.

This blog post describes a step-by-step Cloudflare CDN service setup tutorial to help boost your website speed test results follow the steps given in the next section.

How do I set up Cloudflare on my website?

Step 1. For setting up a CDN, first, visit Cloudflare site and sign up or login if you already have an account with Cloudflare.

Step 2. Add your website to speed up.

Step 3. Add DNS Records for your domain name like we have done for domain in the below screenshot.

Step 4. Change your DNS records – click on records and change them.

Step 5. Check and verify all DNS settings & nameservers and then if required add A, AAAA, and CNAME records here.

Step 6. Once all records are added, click on the Continue button.

Step 7. Select your domain registrar through the drop-down list and configure Cloudflare DNS records in your domain control panel.

Step 8. Now, log into your domain registrar and change your records so that starts receiving all the speed and security benefits of Cloudflare.

Step 9. After configuring your DNS records, click on I’m done button to activate your domain name.

You are now installed and CloudFlare is activated on your website.

Check your page loading speed after 24 hours- you will see improvements in site loading and in page views too.

Let me know how Cloudflare worked with your site.

In case you have any query regarding this write-up or want to know more on How do I set up Cloudflare on my website? let me know through the comments section. I’ll be happy to assist you.

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Akshay Soam, a system admin-Linux & Windows, is a Red Hat certified security specialist, handling technical issues and providing remote support. In his free time, he enjoys playing cricket and video games.
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