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How to use CloudFlare services for my WordPress blog?

If you are interested in Google’s Page Speed Service but have not received any invitation yet, then do not get upset. Because CloudFlare already giving you the same service.

CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through their intelligent global network. CloudFlare automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. They also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources.

The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

Lets see how you can use CloudFlare for your WordPress blog.

  1. Create a free account, you can upgrade your account later to use additional services.
  2. Go to Websites, enter your website address and click Add this website +
  3. CloudFlare will now check your DNS setup and create a copy of DNS setting. If you can find a specific record, you can always add them manually. Then click I'm done checking my DNS records, continue >.
  4. CloudFlare will add a subdomain that allows you to access your server directly without passing through the CloudFlare network. Just check your DNS records again and click My settings look good, continue >.
  5. At this point, CloudFlare will give you your new DNS address, copy it to same safe place.
  6. Now log in to your WordPress blog, install either W3 Total Cache or CloudFlare plugin.
  7. At your Dashboard, go to W3 Total Cache > General Settings > Network Performance & Security powered by CloudFlare. Enter your email address, API Key & Domain name and Save all settings. Same procedures for CloudFlare plugin as well.
  8. Now login to your domain control panel and change the DNS records with CloudFlare provided DNS details.

Thats it. You have successfully setup your CloudFlare services for your WordPress blog. For more information and setting tips, please visit CloudFlare top tips section.

Jinnat Ul Hasan

By Jinnat Ul Hasan | On Monday, August 1st, 2011 | Under How To's, Plugins, Security | No Comments ยป


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