Boost up your website loading time with free Cloudflare

Cloudflare is an American web infrastructure and website security company that provides content delivery network (CDN) and DDoS mitigation services. Cloudflare’s services sit between a website’s visitor and the Cloudflare customer’s hosting provider, acting as a reverse proxy for websites.
By using Cloudflare (free plan) anyone can get Fast easy-to-use DNS Management, Free automated SSL certificates, Global content delivery network (CDN), and DDoS attacks mitigation. Additionally, Cloudflare can boost your website loading time with its CDN, Auto Minify & It’s other features.
Cloudflare is not a service that we offer or manage. This article is provided as a courtesy to our customers, to help them add their domain with Cloudflare and boot up their website loading time. Hope you will find it helpful.

Let’s get started.

Step 1:
Visit https://dash.cloudflare.com/sign-up
Enter your Email address and Password and then Click on the Create Account button.

Cloudflare Signup

Step 2:
Now open a new tab in your web browser and log in to your email (that you have used during the signup) and find the verification email from Cloudflare. Its mail subject will appear in your mail inbox as shown in the below image.

Step 3:
Now open a new tab in your web browser and log in to your email (that you have used during the signup) and find the verification email from Cloudflare. Its mail subject will appear in your mail inbox as shown in the below image.

Step 4:
You will get a confirmation as Your email address is now verifiedThen just click on  Continue to the dashboard  

Step 5:
You will be navigated to your Cloudflare Dashboard
From there just click on the Add Get started button under the Protect your Internet presence tile as shown below:

Step 6:
Just click on any of the Add Site button:
 

Step 7:
In the Input field, type your domain name that you want to add to Cloudflare and then click on the Add Site button:

Step 8:
Choose the Free plan by clicking on it,  and then click on the Continue button:

Then Cloudflare will scan the existing DNS records of your domain:

Step 8:
And when the scan is finished, you will see the existing DNS records of your domain. If required you can add, edit or remove any records from the list, or keep it as it is and then simply click on the Continue button:

Step 9:
Now, you need to change your existing name servers and point them to Cloudflare nameservers.
Note: Changing nameservers can take some time to propagate all over the internet. During this time, your website may become inaccessible for some users.

You have to change name servers from your domain registrar account. If you have registered your domain with EyHost, you can easily change the nameserver of your domain by following the detailed procedures mentioned in this link.

Once you have done it, you need to wait for some time till the nameserver record propagates globally. Then you can click on the Done, check nameservers button.

Step 10:
Now, you will be given some recommendations to improve the security of your website & optimize its performance as well. Just click on the Get started button.

Step 11:
Click on the toggle to enable Automatic HTTPS Rewrites as recommended and then click on the Save button.

Step 12:
For optimizing the performance of your site, click on all the 3 the fields (put tick mark) to enable the Auto Minify feature for your site’s JavaScript, CSS & HTML source codes. Then click on the Save button.

Step 13:
Click on the toggle to enable Brotil compression as recommended to speed up the page load time of your site. Then click on the Save button.

Step 14:
Here you will see the summary of the recommended settings that you have applied. Just click on the Finish button.

Step 15:
In the overview section of the Cloudflare dashboard, you will see instructions to update the nameserver records of your domain. If you already completed it as mentioned in Step 9, then just wait for some time and then click on the for the Here you will see the summary of the recommended settings that you have applied. Just click on the Finish button.

Step 16:
If the nameserver records propagate successfully, you will see your domain name as Active (with a green tick mark). If you want to apply more settings or update more DNS records, just click on your domain name.

Step 17:
Here you will see a success message as Cloudflare is protecting your site.
From here you can manage all the required configuration settings. We strongly recommend you be very careful while making any changes to your Cloudflare account. Any misconfiguration to your Cloudflare account might result in your site behaving abnormally.

Congratulations! You have successfully integrated your website with Cloudflare.
For further learning, you may visit the Cloudflare community and also you may reach out to Cloudflare support for any issues.

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