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How CloudFlare CDN increases the speed and security of your site

CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the internet giants. Slightly Different is proud to be a CloudFlare Certified Partner.

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Slightly Different Ltd is excited to announce our partnership with CloudFlare, a web performance and security company! If you haven’t heard of CloudFlare before, their value proposition is simple: they will make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

Today, hundreds of thousands of websites – ranging from individual blogs, to e-commerce sites, to the websites of Fortune 500 companies, to national governments – use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. Cloudflare powers more than 65 billion monthly page views – more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined.  Over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through Cloudflare’s network.

Over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through Cloudflare’s network.

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Slightly Different Ltd and make it even better

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Slightly Different Ltd and make it even better.

Running over 200 data centres strategically located around the world – when you sign up, Cloudflare routes your traffic to the nearest data centre.

As your traffic passes through the data centres, the dynatmic and static parts of your web site are intelligently determined. The static portions are cached on servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before being re-checked 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.

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CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system means you save bandwidth, which means saving money. This decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently. On average, customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% decrease 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.

CloudFlare gives you broad web security

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. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyse the traffic patterns of millions of visitors in real time, adapting the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

In time, Cloudflare’s goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given their scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, they are well on their way to achieving that.

Without CloudFlare

Hosting Without Cloudflare CDN

With CloudFlare

Hosting with Cloudflare CDN

Signing up to CloudFlare

We’ve kept the price as low as possible and offering a free plan to get you going then progress to paid plans as your site gets busier. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you money via reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

Every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community.

Did you know?

On average, a website on CloudFlare:

Loads twice as fast
Uses 60% less bandwidth
Has 65% fewer requests
Is way more secure
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