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RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - dmmcintyre3 - 03-13-2012

http://support.cloudflare.com/kb/pro-accounts/i-already-have-ssl-on-my-site-what-are-my-options

$20/month for SSL is too much. I only pay $26/year for my VPS.


RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - damoncloudflare - 03-13-2012

(03-13-2012, 06:41 PM)dmmcintyre3 Wrote:  http://support.cloudflare.com/kb/pro-accounts/i-already-have-ssl-on-my-site-what-are-my-options

$20/month for SSL is too much. I only pay $26/year for my VPS.

You're actually not paying for SSL per se (it is included free of charge for all paid plans). You're actually paying for the more advanced security and caching options for Pro accounts (WAF, faster reporting, Website Preloader).

That being said, we do hope to offer a cheaper option for folks that simply want support for SSL that doesn't cost 20.00 per month.



RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - labrocca - 03-13-2012

An Ala Carte option for some of your services would be nice.


RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - damoncloudflare - 03-13-2012

(03-13-2012, 07:23 PM)labrocca Wrote:  An Ala Carte option for some of your services would be nice.

Yes, but somewhat complicated to implement with how the current billing system will work. What we will likely do is create a lower tier of service for some basic products that people really, really want to use w/out high costs (SSL, for example).




RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - crazy4cs - 03-14-2012

Yes I do use CF and soon I am planning on upgrading PRO as well.

I haven't lost any potential visitors or had any traffic being affected with it. Those who are blocked by CF and are legit visitors can simply enter the captcha and get access to the site, its simple.

The good point in that would be spam bots getting blocked highly, which are drastically reduced after I adopted CF over UB.

So yes, its a thumbs up from me, as of now.


RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - damoncloudflare - 03-14-2012

(03-14-2012, 05:38 AM)crazy4cs Wrote:  Yes I do use CF and soon I am planning on upgrading PRO as well.

I haven't lost any potential visitors or had any traffic being affected with it. Those who are blocked by CF and are legit visitors can simply enter the captcha and get access to the site, its simple.

The good point in that would be spam bots getting blocked highly, which are drastically reduced after I adopted CF over UB.

So yes, its a thumbs up from me, as of now.


Thanks for the support...very much appreciated!

(03-14-2012, 05:38 AM)crazy4cs Wrote:  Yes I do use CF and soon I am planning on upgrading PRO as well.

I haven't lost any potential visitors or had any traffic being affected with it. Those who are blocked by CF and are legit visitors can simply enter the captcha and get access to the site, its simple.

The good point in that would be spam bots getting blocked highly, which are drastically reduced after I adopted CF over UB.

So yes, its a thumbs up from me, as of now.

Sorry...I forgot to address the captcha issue so other people know why it appears...

Why some visitors are challenged when using CloudFlare

Site admins, however, can control this by changing their security level settings to a higher or lower settings. Site admins can also override any challenge behavior by whitelisting IPs or IP blocks.

These two links will also help site owners more easily troubleshoot an issue/avoid issues with CloudFlare:

Steps for New Users

Troubleshooting CloudFlare Problems




RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - Fluid Mantis - 04-10-2012

I decided to try out CloudFlare when DreamHost offered it. However, it screwed up (broken) loads of images on my forum and another non-MyBB section of my site. A DreamHost engineer claimed it could have been because of a lot of images having a "http://mysite.com" URL in the HTML/PHP rather than with the www subdomain ("http://www.mysite.com"), which apparently is a requirement. I didn't want to have to edit loads of stuff in MyBB including plugins, and the other section of my site, so I removed CloudFlare.

It also messed up a lot of the URLs of those that did display, and the URLs were weird base64 long encrypted gobble-de-gook. Unless you're experienced and you're willing to deal with a lot of hassle if that crap hits the fan, I'd recommend avoiding CloudFlare. On the other hand, DreamHost with their usual casual attitude literally said CloudFlare would work perfectly with just two clicks on their panel, which is why I did it due to their claim of it "doubling site speeds".


RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - damoncloudflare - 04-10-2012

(04-10-2012, 08:09 PM)Fluid Mantis Wrote:  I decided to try out CloudFlare when DreamHost offered it. However, it screwed up (broken) loads of images on my forum and another non-MyBB section of my site. A DreamHost engineer claimed it could have been because of a lot of images having a "http://mysite.com" URL in the HTML/PHP rather than with the www subdomain ("http://www.mysite.com"), which apparently is a requirement. I didn't want to have to edit loads of stuff in MyBB including plugins, and the other section of my site, so I removed CloudFlare.

It also messed up a lot of the URLs of those that did display, and the URLs were weird base64 long encrypted gobble-de-gook. Unless you're experienced and you're willing to deal with a lot of hassle if that crap hits the fan, I'd recommend avoiding CloudFlare. On the other hand, DreamHost with their usual casual attitude literally said CloudFlare would work perfectly with just two clicks on their panel, which is why I did it due to their claim of it "doubling site speeds".


". A DreamHost engineer claimed it could have been because of a lot of images having a "http://mysite.com" URL in the HTML/PHP rather than with the www subdomain ("http://www.mysite.com"),"
The www requirement is only if you're activating through a hosting partner. If you don't want to use www on the site, then signing up directly is an option.

"It also messed up a lot of the URLs of those that did display, and the URLs were weird base64 long encrypted gobble-de-gook."
We don't do anything that would re-write urls in the manner you're describing. Are you using any other caching services or caching plugins on your site?

Sorry you had a bad experience. We are working with DreamHost on making the on-boarding process less painful & to fix known issues.


RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - labrocca - 04-10-2012

I'm sure they'll iron out the Dreamhost issues over time.


RE: What is your feedback regarding Cloudflare? - damoncloudflare - 04-10-2012

(04-10-2012, 08:58 PM)labrocca Wrote:  I'm sure they'll iron out the Dreamhost issues over time.

Sure will. There are always little bumps with a new partner launch because some of them have very custom integrations. Dreamhost has been great at telling us what the issues are and working with their customers to fix.