Anyone use CloudFlare feature?


#1

Just wondering if there is anyone is using it…

like is it really blocking hakcing attempts?
really making your website run faster?

Thank you for replying!


#2

With DH’s recent instabilities, I put some of my sites on cloudflare, thinking they would be partly protected from future service downtime by servicing cached version of my sites. Last time DH went down, my cloudflare sites responded with this message:

Website Offline, No Cached Version Available

Cloudflare says that this message appears when the site has just been added to their service, but mine were there for at least a month. I just checked another one that has been there for 3 months and faked a crash by changing the domain’s A record in cloudflare to something non existent. Same thing, no cached version available. So I have never been able to see the cache service in action. As for hacking attempts, I can’t really tell if it’s worth it.


#3

I’ve been anxious to give it a try, but the Dreamhost implementation current requires that the WWW prefix be added to the domain, which makes it a no-go for my applications.


#4

Hi webgroupWest,

Do you have more info on this requirement? I didn’t see that anywhere…

Thanks!


#5

Oh, so disappointed !

The purpose of cloud computing is to avoid any downtime and load websites faster, right ?

What are the other solutions available ? Linode or Rackspace ? :slight_smile:


#6

Just a quick note that the Always Online feature does have some limitations.

". So I have never been able to see the cache service in action. As for hacking attempts, I can’t really tell if it’s worth it."
One way you can see what we’re challenging from hitting your site is by going to your Threat Control panel. Any visitors that were actually challenged would show.

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This is actually a requirement for any CloudFlare hosting partner (the integration only allows for provisioning CNAMEs). If you don’t use www on the site at all, then you would have to signup directly for CloudFlare.


#7

Hmmm I enabled this feature with basic membership(free) after I made this post.

Some differences:
Before using CloudFlare, one of my sites has 126 vulnerabilities according to Qualys free scan.
After enabled CloudFlare, the vulnerabilities dropped to 12.

Another thing is I think it takes more time for one of the web to load instead making it loads faster.

Lastly, does not seems like sub domains are being protected according to HTTP headers.

I have a big question: is this thing conlict with google adsense? since it is like a proxy…


#8

The only thing that might conflict with AdSense is Rocket Loader. If you see an issue with this feature turned on in your settings, then turn off Rocket Loader. Other than that, should be no conflict.

"Lastly, does not seems like sub domains are being protected according to HTTP headers."
We can only proxy CNAMEs through the hosting partner configuration. If these records are A records, or if they are not web traffic subdomains, then you wouldn’t be able to enable CloudFlare on those records.

"Another thing is I think it takes more time for one of the web to load instead making it loads faster."
One thing to keep in mind is that caching can take several days to build out. You should see a fairly immediate reduction in server load, however.


#9

I do not know if there is conflict with adsense or not with Rocket Loader, I have not receive any message from google, but Rocket Loader does cause some problem on my website, after turning it off, the load speed of my site back to normal again (or faster, did not measure the load time).


#10

Hi,

Rocket Loader is still very much in beta. You should report the Rocket Loader bugs here: https://www.cloudflare.com/wco-bug-report.html

Rocket Loader generally doesn’t impact loading negatively, so please be sure to mention that in the bug report & any scripts it appeared to be affecting.


#11

Does Google Analytics work with CloudFlare?


#12

Maybe I will do it later, since I am using custom theme on my sites and I am not the developer of it.


#13

I got the CloudFlare emails today (for all my Dreamhosted domains) and was pretty excited. Anything that speeds up performance and provides additional security is a good thing in my book. Two months ago, I signed up for a similar service to the tune of US$30/month, so I immediately flipped the switch on this functionality - even if it did require adding ‘www’ like it’s still 1999.

Unfortunately, next thing I know, I’ve got friends asking me why my site is down. Drop everything. Run inside. Sure enough. Chrome advising infinite redirect loop or something. Back to the DH control panel, deactivated, back to removing ‘www.’ Site working again two minutes later.

Kinda bummed. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, but now it seems too risky. Think I’ll sit back and wait until this is all dialed in.


#14

I will use CloudFlare when I don’t have to use WWW. Until then, it’s a no-go.

To those who wonder, I don’t know if DH has documented this anywhere, but if you try to set it up on your domain and have the radio button for “Leave it alone: Both http://www..com/ and http://.com/ will work” then it tells you:

[color=#FF0000]Note: When using CloudFlare without a subdomain, you must select “Add WWW”. We are working with CloudFlare to remove this limitation and hope to have a solution soon.[/color]


#15

Sounds like this is still in beta, kiddies. Install at your own peril!


#16

SUCKS!!! No idea how to fix it. :frowning:

I just foolishly enabled it (including WWW prefix).

My site is now completely down!

With the browser error message “This webpage has a redirect loop”.

(1 hour later)

Fixed… Needed to point my Godaddy DNS settings to point to CloudFlare.

So if your domain is not hosted on Dreamhost go to CloudFlare.com and follow the set up process there.


#17

[quote=“DR1665, post:13, topic:57418”]
I got the CloudFlare emails today (for all my Dreamhosted domains) and was pretty excited. Anything that speeds up performance and provides additional security is a good thing in my book. Two months ago, I signed up for a similar service to the tune of US$30/month, so I immediately flipped the switch on this functionality - even if it did require adding ‘www’ like it’s still 1999.[/quote]

I had my site on CloudFlare a few weeks ago (by actually visiting the site and signing up there) and didn’t see this limitation. Is this just something to do with DH’s implementation of CF?


#18

Exact same thing happened to me this morning. :_( And I am grateful for your pointing me to the WWW-redirect as the instigator of the infinite redirect loop in which my site found itself for a half hour this morning.

I want to root for Dreamhost here and I definitely want to get this going again in a future effort. But I wish DH’s marketing dudes had made it clearer that CloudFlare + WWW prefix is not a risk-free change.

Any good tips on how to crack this problem?

-J


#19

I turned it on, it ‘seems’ to be pushing out my site faster. I ran YSlow on it and the the score seemed to be improved due to minifying a bunch of the code. The Cached Memory usage for my VPS appears to have plummeted.

I tried buying the subscription to the CloudFlare Plus plan via DreamHost but the link only takes me back to the Web Panel with no option to buy in. Seems they may have rolled this out before really thinking about this properly. http://dreamhost.com/partners/cloudflare/


#20

Massively dissappointed - I know jack and tried it and my site went down -

Timestamp: Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:45:26 -0700

Your IP address: 94.194.231.141

Requested URL: www.thecultofbrand.com/

Error reference number: 1004

Server ID: FL_21F1

Process ID: PID_1333889122.209-1-3504436844

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_8) AppleWebKit/534.52.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1.2 Safari/534.52.7

Waht the hell happened and how do I fix it. Supposedly an easy tick box and you’re away… no you’re down. I’m just fed up with DH now after the outages as well. [hr]
it’s back - all I did was uncheck the box. I won;t be checking that one again. Another FAIL for DH.[hr]
now my website is flickering on and off line. I hate this