Cloudflare & ManyRoads

Website security & speed are crucial to your genealogy site. Like most websites, genealogy sites are under daily attacked from hackers and information thieves. If you are interested in the latest technology available to speed and secure your site I recommend taking a look at Cloudflare.

ManyRoads has been running the beta version of Cloudflare now for a bit more than two weeks.  So far as I am able to determine, our site is operating about 50-100% faster than it was a month ago on HostPapa without the benefit of Cloudflare & Hostgator.  The combination of our move to HostGator and Cloudflare seems to have made a significant difference in our site’s performance, and all with few downsides. To date, I have noticed only two short duration glitches in our site availability and one spike in ISP performance.

Looking at ManyRoads statistics, here’s what we see:

  • 9.6 GB bandwidth saved by CloudFlare out of a total of 21.8 GB
  • 164,456 requests saved by CloudFlare out of a total 288,128 requests
  • Page load time is down to 3.7 from a previous average of 4.53 on HostGator (pre Cloudflare)  and 11.1 before on hostpapa without Cloudflare

In fairness, there is one ‘significant’ downside to Cloudflare.  Because our site visits are passed to us through Cloudflare’s servers the traditional Visitor plugin I use on ManyRoads no longer can tell me where in the world folks are coming from with certainty.  Cloudflare will supposedly provide this information in a later release.Since I first published this post, this problem has been resolved! Hooray!

Briefly here is what the folks at Cloudflare have to say about their product:

CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We 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.

And now as for the best part of the Cloudflare version ManyRoads uses, it is free.

Here’s what others have to say about Cloudflare: