Cloudflare Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Cloudflare

Performance & Security for Any Website

4.78/5 (218 reviews)

Cloudflare overview

What is Cloudflare?

Cloudflare speeds up and accelerates your site by distributing your sites content around the world then delivering it using the fattest pipes and the best protocols. By using HTTP/2 with an SPDY fallback, Cloudflare can deliver content rapidly to your end users. Using 79 datacenters (and growing) around the world, Cloudflare can ensure your content is never too far away from your end user. Through Railgun, Cloudflare can eliminate costly delays caused by the speed of light when distributing dynamic content.

Cloudflare has consistently set records for mitigating the largest DDOS attacks. Cloudflare can protect your website from content scraping through reputation checks and application level attacks through a Web Application Firewall (e.g. for SQL Injection and XSS attacks). When Cloudflare successfully defended Spamhaus, Akamai's chief architect stated it was "the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet."

Cloudflare operates one of the fastest and most secure DNS networks in the world with advanced functionality including CNAME Flattening and Instant DNS Updates.
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Pricing

Starting from
$20/month
Pricing options
Free
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Free trial
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Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English
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Cloudflare user reviews

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Hannah Scheffer

The best tool for web page security

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-09
Review Source: Capterra

Thanks to Cloudflare we have excellent security on the web pages, it works great and it is very easy to use it, the interface is excellent and easy to understand, totally happy with the results offered by this tool. and I would recommend to other people who use this service, since I use it there is excellent security and I can say that it is the best platform of this style and type that is why it is so successful and people use it.

Pros
It is a security tool for all the web pages that we manage, it offers excellent security and it offers free SSL certificate which is important so that each website visitor feels security and tranquility, also helps against DDOS attacks in an impressive way and is One of its strengths for which Cloudflare is known, its way of configuring is easy and the interface is simple and easy to handle. In addition to this it also has very good free options that all users can use.

Cons
I really have no complaints or I see significant problems, There are more solutions and utilities that Cloudflare gives than the problems that may arise in certain situations, if there is something to mention and that is when changing a configuration; these changes may take time to make, but basically it does not represent major problems since it is a safe and reliable tool that we can trust and ensure our safety.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Solved me a GoDaddy DNS headache

Used occasionally for free trial
Reviewed 2020-05-06
Review Source: Capterra

Excellent. The situation was that I was building a landing page for a client. I needed to connect their domain to my funnel builder and my client already bought a domain with GoDaddy. I could not for the life of me point the domain properly. I even engaged GoDaddy support twice to help me resolve it (wasting hours). I had a tech-savvy friend who recommended I try to bypass GoDaddy by using CloudFlare. He walked me through somewhat on how to use it, and it worked like magic.

Pros
I loved the fact that it was free. I loved the fact that they solved a problem for me with GoDaddy making things super difficult (as they do).

Cons
Nothing not to like, I have not had much experience with it, but the single reason I signed up for a free account solved a massive headache for me.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Josh Collier, Website Designer

Best CDN I know of!

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2021-01-07
Review Source: Capterra

Cloudflare has been fantastic for free you can't beat it and it works easily with many hosts!

Pros
It's free for the features I need. It has great features that I want in a CDN like security, speed and caching. Using just the free features I don't think I need paid features so that is great! Easy to deploy!

Cons
Support isn't great if you don't pay. Also every now and then my site looks odd. I clear the cache on site and browser and it still looks odd. Then I remember to clear cache on cloudflare and it is right. Mainly its that I have to go into the backend to clear cache no wordpress integration to easily clear cloudflare on site unless you use wp rocket.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Angelica Costa

It used to be a lot better

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-30
Review Source: Capterra

It served me well for a very long period, but it never mitigated any of my DDoS attacks. It did helped me when managing DNS was a pain in the ass. BUt eventually I found out that it was slowing my website. Since I moved away from it and got separate services to do what CF used to (DNS, protection, analytics), I got way better services and faster sites.

Pros
It sure makes managing your sites's DNS and main configurations handy by centralizing them. It offers nice redirection features and a whole bunch of features like apps and protection, cdn, etc.

Cons
But the service has been packing so many features that though it looks like advantage when it's not.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Diego Mav

One or the best CDNs!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-10-01
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The overall experience with them has been great. It’s not only simple to setup, but also they have a huge documentation library where you can get a lot of information: from them, compatibility with other softwares, best configurations, etc. The results you get by just getting their free plan are more than enough for small-medium companies. Also, they hace more than 150 servers around the world, so the performance results are really great, even comparing with some other paid services.

Cons
Nothing to add here. My overall experience was really good. I never had an issue or had to get in touch with support. When ever I had a doubt, I was able to solve them just by checking their documentation library.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Cloudflare pricing

Starting from
$20/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Cloudflare does not charge on the basis of bandwidth usage, instead charges on features.

Free Plan offers basic performance and security alongside free SSL and analytics.

Pro Plan at $20/month provides advanced performance and security tools including image optimization and a Web Application Firewall.

Business Plan at $200/month includes advanced DDOS Attack protection, dynamic content compression, custom WAF rules, prioritized support and custom SSL certificates.

Enterprise Plans are bespoke to customer requirements with set-up consultation, a dedicated solution Engineer, phone support and multi-user access.

Cloudflare features

API

Access Control (127 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (114 other apps)
Activity Tracking (63 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (71 other apps)
Auditing (84 other apps)
Authentication (79 other apps)
Compliance Management (130 other apps)
Monitoring (140 other apps)
Password Management (68 other apps)
Policy Management (82 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (83 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (108 other apps)
Risk Alerts (67 other apps)
Secure Data Storage (78 other apps)
Security Auditing (61 other apps)
Single Sign On (63 other apps)
Third Party Integration (94 other apps)
Two-Factor Authentication (65 other apps)
Vulnerability Scanning (63 other apps)

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Additional information for Cloudflare

Key features of Cloudflare

  • Content Delivery Network
  • Web Content Optimization
  • Security
  • Analytics
  • Web Application Firewall
  • DDOS Protection
  • HTTP/2
  • HTTP/2 Server Push
  • Image Optimization
  • Web Sockets
  • IPv6 Gateway
  • Spam Protection
  • Scraping Protection
  • Differential Compression
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Benefits

Cloudflare protects web traffic transmitted over WebSockets or HTTP, while also offering a DNS hosting service. Cloudflare can mitigate attacks to web applications through protecting your web hosting by routing requests through Cloudflare. Additionally, Cloudflare's extensive network, which spans across 100 cities in 49 countries, means that content can be cached and accelerated at high speed to your end user regardless of server location. By distributing this content over the latest web protocols such as HTTP/2 and SPDY, Cloudflare ensures that web applications are loading and operating at the fastest speeds possible. Cloudflare also offers Content and Image Optimization to enhance speeds across all web properties.