How to setup and setup a free CloudFlare CDN in WordPress – The page loading speed of your website or blog is an important element to rank well in search engines like Google. And if your website or blog loads very slowly it can cause lazy visitors to immediately leave your blog and look for other blogs that have articles that are similar to yours.
If you want to have a fast WordPress website, you can use a content delivery network like MaxCDN and use a caching plugin like W3 Total cache, WP Super Cache or a premium cache plugin like WP Rocket. However using a content delivery service like MaxCDN is paid, but in this article, I’m going to show you how to use a free CDN service or content delivery network with the Clouflare CDN on WordPress.
But by using CDN service CloudFlare also cannot make your WordPress site load faster if you are still using a bad hosting service. I suggest you try to use best hosting service, fast and unlimited like yours Bluehost or iPage.
Now let’s get back to the main topic of this article which is How to setup free CloudFlare CDN in WordPress.
What is CloudFlare?
CloudFlare is basically a Web Application Firewall, proxy server distributed, and content delivery networks (CDNs). This service can optimize your website and speed up your site by acting as a proxy between visitors and your server which helps increase security and protect your site against DDoS attacks. CloudFlare also has hundreds of data centers spread across various countries.
CloudFlare offers its service with a free basic plan suitable for small websites and blogs. They also offer paid plans with prices starting at $ 20 per month.
How to Settings CloudFlare
To be able to use CloudFlare, the first thing you need to do is to register for an account. Visit the CloudFlare website and click on the Signup menu on the top right.
Next you will be taken to the registration page with several fields to fill in your email, and your password as shown below and click “Create Account“, Don’t forget to tick the option” CloudFlare Terms and Conditions “.
And please see the inbox or inbox of the email you used to create the account, you will get a new email from CloudFlare to verify your account. And please verify first.
After your account is registered, you can go back into your account. At the top of your CloudFlare account dashboard there is a menu “Add SiteAnd click the menu. You will see a field to enter your domain name. Please enter your domain name and click “Begin Scan“.
After you click “Begin Scan“, Please wait for a while until the scan process until the status changes to”Scan Complete“.
And after the scaning process is complete you will see your domain name registered under it with the button “Continue SetupNext to it, and please click the button “Continue Setup“Is to continue the next process.
In this section you will see the DNS records of your site, leave it like that and then click “Continue“.
You will be presented with a choice of plans along with the prices offered by CloudFlare, by default in this step you are placed in the “Pro Website” option at a price of $ 20 / month. Since this tutorial is for the free version you should switch to the Free plan “Free Website“As shown above.
With this free option you get: Basic Security Protection, SSL (Limited Browsers), Fast Website Performance, and Always Online. If you have made a choice on the “Free Website” please click the “buttonContinue“.
In this section you will see your real Name servers which are on the left in the “Current Nameservers” section and the name servers provided by cloudflare are to the right “Change Nameservers to”.
In this section, you will have a new cloudflare name server assigned to your site. Please login to your domain account and access your domain settings section and select settings for “Name Server”, in that section you will see the fields to change the Name server. Please replace your old name server with the new CloudFlare name server. If you have changed and saved your domain name server settings, please click “Continue” to see the status of your site whether it is integrated with Cloudflare.
If you have changed the name server correctly, when you click “Continue” in the previous step it will generate a status “Active“As seen in the image above.
Above is a complete guide on how to setup and setup a free CloudFlare CDN on WordPress or other websites. Please follow the guidelines above so that your WordPress site loads faster. Keep trying and good luck. 🙂