HOSTkabob is proud to announce it has obtained Certified Partner status with CloudFlare, a web performance and security company. CloudFlare uses a network of servers to speed up and protect individual websites from web threats.
Cloudflare is free to all HOSTkabob customers, and activated upon request. Cloudflare powers more than “65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.”
Faster web performance
CloudFlare runs 23 data centers strategically located around the world. When a site has CloudFlare activated, your content is stored in each of these servers, and a request from a web browser is served from the nearest data center.
As your traffic passes through the data centers, CloudFlare intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on their servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.
CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also saves bandwidth and decreases the load on our servers. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.
Broad web security
In 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) tracked on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.
CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. CloudFlare analyzes the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapts security to ensure the good traffic gets through and the bad traffic is stopped.
Basic CloudFlare protection is free at HOSTkabob. CloudFlare also offers paid “Pro” subscriptions for sites with SSL certificates, e-commerce, etc. Most of our customers will find the basic CloudFlare offering sufficient for their small business site. As always, we will help you determine if your site can benefit from their Pro version. HOSTkabob does not accept commissions, referral fees, or other compensation from CloudFlare, so our recommendation will be based on the best interests of your site.