Cloudflare Features

Cloudflare

Performance & Security for Any Website

4.78/5 (72 reviews)

Cloudflare Feature Summary

  • 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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Password Management (23 other apps)
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Single Sign On (26 other apps)
Third Party Integration (17 other apps)
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Cloudflare Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Cloudflare's features:

Emre Tosunkaya

Best Free CDN, DNS Management For Forever

2017-07-13

DNS management and security

Pros

Good security features includes ddos, http/2+spdy, free SNI SSL certificates, DNSSEC, hsts, latest technology like tls 1.3, ipv6.

Cons

Also someone hacked me via Cloudflare API. this was too bad.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jeff Lee

Most trustworthy security service.

2017-10-11

Easy management of DNS, performance, security, and many other things.

Pros

I really like the web optimizing and the free shared SSL.

Cons

It would be nice if there's a copy settings feature.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Bryan McAnulty

Our choice for CDN and Security on Websites/Webapps

2018-03-07

We use many of the features of cloudflare on our websites. SSL, CDN, security, performance.

Pros

Easy to setup on existing websites/webapps and provides many performance and security features.

Cons

The UI could do better at making suggestions to users about what features might be most relevant to their particular product, taking Cloudflare one step further in ease of use.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Christopher Pruijsen

cloudflare - makes domain management a breeze

2017-02-09

we use cloudflare for a collection of client and proprietary domains - great experience all-over, in terms of DNS management, security and more.

Pros

ease of use

Cons

lack of template setups

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Retail company, 1-10 employees)

A no-brainer for any business or website

2018-10-17

A must-have for additional website security and better performance.

Pros

We also love Cloudflare's free SSL as it allowed us to cancel the SSL from our current hosting provider.

Cons

Really cannot think of any cons. Thoroughly impressed!

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jane Gilpatric

Great for Site Caching and Security

2018-05-11

Page speed improvement and security

Pros

I also like that I can use this alongside other security plugins on my WordPress site.

Cons

Not sure if the Always Online always works - I do get some downtime notifications now and then from other sources.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Henrik Albert

AWESOME BOTH FREE AND PAID OPTIONS!

2017-06-10

Better security, and overall page performance

Pros

Free for everybody, site get faster more secure and overall better performance, why not service like that, i think that would be a better question?.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Kent Krueger

I don't use any other DNS provider for my or my client's sites

2018-06-08

Improves a website's performance and security.

Pros

Cloudflare is my goto DNS, CDN and Security provider.

Cons

The pricing is beginning to climb but for what you get I think the value is still there. Even their free version has more going for it than other DNS providers.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Kelsey Johnson

Cloudflare Solved our Small Business Client DNS Issues

2018-09-12

Anyway, through the magic of Cloudflare we are able to now manage all of these accounts on one dashboard and offer SSL certification to our clients.

Pros

First of all, free SSL Certs can't be beat.

Cons

Also, there's a small learning curve on using the dashboard and if you do it wrong, big problems can arise.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Peter Manning

Great tool for CDN and to protect your website

2018-03-21

Pros

Easy to setup for our dev team and offers many security features needed to protect your website.

Cons

They could improve their User Interface and little bit.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Niklas Ravnsborg-Gjertsen

Free plan is great

2016-12-07

It optimizes our speed and security. The only thing that would be nice to have is a better targeted cache clearing system (they offer something better on the paid plan).

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Source: Capterra
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Fayssal JILANI

Perfect for beginners, great choice for experienced devolopers

2018-07-31

Happy to recommend cloudflare.

Pros

Free tier is very useful for beginners The best DNS management tool User-friendly interface A reliable partner for your very sensitive data Anti DDOS is a game changer

Cons

Free tier users updates are delayed for few hours Some confusion on free and paid features Would it be possible to add SSO feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Fernando Gonzalez

Great software with improvement opportunities

2016-12-13

Besides the tech support problem (whish I actually see it as an improvement opportunity), Cloudflare works perfectly, with no downtime so far. The security features are not free, but it's worth paying for them.

Pros

Great security features.

Cons

TEchnical support need to improve their response time and provide more personalized answers.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Bryan Philips

MORE: Performance + Security + Reliability + Insight

2018-09-26

Pros

Cloudflare delivers on its promises of more performance, better security for your website, increased reliability, and insight from your visitors.

Cons

Some highly technical aspects of CDN cannot be configured.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Services company, 1001-5000 employees)

Cloudflare allows you to secure and speed up your website(s) for free.

2018-02-06

Pros

Free plan offers many features to improve website speed and security. Easy to use - you can add the service to a website in just a few minutes.

Cons

Some features can take a while to learn and set up, depending on your knowledge of CDNs, domains, and Internet technology.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Ryan Edwards

A Free Plan Offering Premium Features

2018-05-09

The main reason we first started using CloudFlare within our business was to upgrade all of our sites to SSL effortlessly, in preparation for the new Google HTTPS stricter rules.

Pros

The variety of features is astonishing too, with free SSL certificates, caching services and advanced analytics included also with the free plan.

Cons

However, beggars can't be choosers and these issues can simply be averted by not enabling this feature.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Cloudflare is a great protection that we add to all of our websites

2018-02-06

Pros

Not only does it provide security features, but it also adds useful tools such as caching and performance boosts.

Cons

In our experience, the always online feature never works despite investing a lot of time and effort in it.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Tony Smith

Great for simple use cases!

2018-09-07

I don't have advanced use-cases but for my simple needs (usually toying with staging sites, setting up web toolkits and delivery sites) it allows me to quickly setup SSL, DNS and get things going without a hassle.

Pros

Setup is quick and easy, and a free account gets you access to tools you'll need for simple sites.

Cons

There seems to be no way to permanently disable caching or provide granular control over what gets cached in the free version.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 1-10 employees)

Fast and Free Website Security Improvement

2018-09-19

Pros

Free tier Easy setup Has an app store Increases site security and speed

Cons

Best improvements cost extra Limited number of trial services

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Daniel Ford

Excellent CDN type set up for those with limited IT resources and spend.

2018-02-01

Pros

Cloudflare was easy to set up and use for website hosting as well as bringing a level of IT security that truly beats most competitors especially for the price point.

Cons

Backend infrastructure issues led to some down time and redirecting of traffic to centers that were further away. Customized pages should be standardized to reflect service provider issues instead of the "snapshot" of the page.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Paul Hutchinson

Verified Reviewer

Great but only because of pricing

2016-10-08

It's easy and quick to use but some features are missing. API took a revamp which was a bit of pain but nowadays is fine.

Pros

Quick and easy for most basic tasks, especially initial setup. Also SSL-ness! :D Pricing is free so that is a win right there.

Cons

No ESI and other features which exist on competitors sites.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Cloudflare

If you don't need advance things such as ESI then this is a nobrainer.

Source: GetApp
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Freddy Saluna

Glad I Discovered This!

2017-01-05

Within the past year, I was witness to live DDoS attacks on my site thru 3rd party security software.

Pros

Ease of use, features provided.

Cons

Nothing I can think of at the time of this writing.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Cloudflare

If you're a newbie website developer, this is definitely a piece of software you can't afford to NOT have!

Source: Capterra
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Jonathan Hayama

Gave my site performance a boost!

2018-03-07

Improved my website speed.

Pros

Has Flexible SSL, "under attack" mode and minify CSS and JS.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Internet company, 11-50 employees)

Very easy to use and great free option for DNS and SSL management

2018-06-13

Free plan offers great possibilities

Pros

Easy to use ; the free plan offers a lot of options for small projects ; DNS management in a breeze

Cons

Not always reliable. We have seen several bugs in the past and the customer service team NEVER takes responsibility for it. I would not use them for large projects that require outstanding quality

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Stephen Shepard

It's the Best, But Prepare to be Nickle and Dimed

2018-07-11

Pros

Cloudflare is the best CDN and DNS management service out there.

Cons

Cloudflare offers many of its more advanced features on a subscription-based pay-per-month model.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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