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In reference to the Cloudflare Check you mentioned; using "High" security mode on Cloudflare will generally present bots with a challenge, but not genuine users. Furthermore, even if you choose to use a normal security level Cloudflare will significantly reduce server load by caching pages and assets.

Whether or not you choose to use CF for security I would still recommend it for DDoS protection, and caching which will most likely produce a significant change in server load.

As far as using .Htaccess; as mentioned previously that still produces server load, and a rather significant amount of it if you plan to use a 3MB file for blocking traffic. Disallowing bots via htaccess is a good idea in theory, however it doesn't actually restrict their access, it's just a request not to index or crawl your site. Bots do not have to honor this request, and it is unlikely they will in your scenario.

The idea of a honeypot could also work, however it would likely end up blocking all search engines crawlers as they index your site as it cannot tell the difference between a legitimate crawler, and what you're experiencing.
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Thousands and thousands of guests - by DrXotick - 2020-04-17, 08:37 AM
RE: Thousands and thousands of guests - by WallBB - 2020-04-17, 08:50 AM
RE: Thousands and thousands of guests - by R34P3R - 2020-04-17, 01:01 PM
RE: Thousands and thousands of guests - by R34P3R - 2020-04-17, 01:52 PM
RE: Thousands and thousands of guests - by R34P3R - 2020-04-17, 05:41 PM
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