Cloudflare was initially launched as a project that was designed to stop spammers from harvesting email addresses on any website and soon its focus shifted to provide web security solutions to the users.
However, when the makers of Cloudflare decided to deep dive into web security, it was realized that security software often lowers site performance. As a result, the modern Cloudflare CDN was born which ensures to provide an improved website performance along with internet protection.
Cloudflare CDN is generally used for optimizing the speed of the website and securing it too. With Cloudflare, the user can get control over the manner in which their content is cached to reduce the bandwidth and provide protection against DDoS.
How Cloudflare Can Help?
01. Dynamic Content Delivery
Cloudflare CDN smartly routes all the content requests that it receives with Agro Smart Routing in a network that works with the fastest path. With the help of multiple origins of the server, the traffic of the website is balanced to reduce the latency rate.
02. Customizable CDN
The advanced control of Cloudflare allows the users to decide how they want the content of their website to be cached.
For instance, the Page Rules feature of Cloudflare CDN gives you the power to specify behavior against individual URLs. The user can decide what they want to be cached and the time duration for the same.
03. Bandwidth Saving
When a user cache content using the Cloudflare CDN network, they basically reduce the number of requests that an origin needs to deal with, which in turn, reduces the bandwidth consumption. Further, Cloudflare can be used for eliminating the data egress costs completely.
04. Actionable Insights Into Caching
Cloudflare CDN allows the users to check the resources of the websites that are cached. After analyzing the same, the user can make the necessary configuration changes to improve the cache-hit ratio.
In addition to that, the dashboard view of Cloudflare allows the users to check the performance of the website on the basis of total requests served and data transferred for optimizing the content of a website.
05. Fast Video Delivery
Cloudflare is designed in a manner that the anycast network of it allows fast video delivery by reducing the buffer time irrespective of the geographical location of the visitor. Cloudflare CDN can also be used for optimizing the delivery of live videos.
06. HTTP/3 support
Gone are the days when TCP was popularly used as a protocol to power the world. TCP is now mostly replaced with HTTP/3 which works on accelerating the delivery of traffic.
Cloudflare CDN supports HTTP/3 to create faster, reliable, and secure connections for the websites.
07. Bring Your Own IPs Feature
With the Bring your own IPs or BYOIP feature, Cloudflare gives the customer the power to announce their IPs and further allows them to attach to a service of Cloudflare CDN of their choice.
This ensures that the internet sees only the IP address of the customers and not Cloudflare.