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What is CloudFlare?

Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
CloudFlare is a tool in the Content Delivery Network category of a tech stack.

Who uses CloudFlare?

Companies
48412 companies reportedly use CloudFlare in their tech stacks, including Udemy, Hdbest.net, and Z-shadow.info.

Developers
8290 developers on StackShare have stated that they use CloudFlare.

CloudFlare Integrations

Google Analytics, Terraform, Pingdom, Acquia, and Plesk are some of the popular tools that integrate with CloudFlare. Here's a list of all 51 tools that integrate with CloudFlare.

Why developers like CloudFlare?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use CloudFlare
Private Decisions at about CloudFlare

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by members of with CloudFlare in their tech stack.

Francis Rodrigues
Francis Rodrigues
FullStack JavaScript Developer at PanelADM · | 1 upvotes · 13 views
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I trust CloudFlare services to perform websites such as SSL, Caching, CDNs, DNS, Security roles and so on.

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CDN and Performance improvements CloudFlare

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Dan Ward
Dan Ward
Web Developer at ForRent.com · | 1 upvotes · 0 views
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CDN for scripts. CloudFlare

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As a CDN CloudFlare

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Gianluca Casati
Gianluca Casati
Mathematician, freelance fullstack developer at Inversive Space · | 1 upvotes · 3 views
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Naked domain, free ssl CloudFlare

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Jackson Isaiah
Jackson Isaiah
student & webdev at jacksonisiah · | 1 upvotes · 0 views
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¯_(ツ)_/¯ CloudFlare

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Public Decisions about CloudFlare

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose CloudFlare in their tech stack.

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I use Laravel because it's the most advances PHP framework out there, easy to maintain, easy to upgrade and most of all : easy to get a handle on, and to follow every new technology ! PhpStorm is our main software to code, as of simplicity and full range of tools for a modern application.

Google Analytics Analytics of course for a tailored analytics, Bulma as an innovative CSS framework, coupled with our Sass (Scss) pre-processor.

As of more basic stuff, we use HTML5, JavaScript (but with Vue.js too) and Webpack to handle the generation of all this.

To deploy, we set up Buddy to easily send the updates on our nginx / Ubuntu server, where it will connect to our GitHub Git private repository, pull and do all the operations needed with Deployer .

CloudFlare ensure the rapidity of distribution of our content, and Let's Encrypt the https certificate that is more than necessary when we'll want to sell some products with our Stripe api calls.

Asana is here to let us list all the functionalities, possibilities and ideas we want to implement.

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Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent · | 11 upvotes · 251.3K views

Google Analytics is a great tool to analyze your traffic. To debug our software and ask questions, we love to use Postman and Stack Overflow. Google Drive helps our team to share documents. We're able to build our great products through the APIs by Google Maps, CloudFlare, Stripe, PayPal, Twilio, Let's Encrypt, and TensorFlow.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 11 upvotes · 209.4K views

When I first built my portfolio I used GitHub for the source control and deployed directly to Netlify on a push to master. This was a perfect setup, I didn't need any knowledge about #DevOps or anything, it was all just done for me.

One of the issues I had with Netlify was I wanted to gzip my JavaScript files, I had this setup in my #Webpack file, however Netlify didn't offer an easy way to set this.

Over the weekend I decided I wanted to know more about how #DevOps worked so I decided to switch from Netlify to Amazon S3. Instead of creating any #Git Webhooks I decided to use Buddy for my pipeline and to run commands. Buddy is a fantastic tool, very easy to setup builds, copying the files to my Amazon S3 bucket, then running some #AWS console commands to set the content-encoding of the JavaScript files. - Buddy is also free if you only have a few pipelines, so I didn't need to pay anything 🤙🏻.

When I made these changes I also wanted to monitor my code, and make sure I was keeping up with the best practices so I implemented Code Climate to look over my code and tell me where there code smells, issues, and other issues I've been super happy with it so far, on the free tier so its also free.

I did plan on using Amazon CloudFront for my SSL and cacheing, however it was overly complex to setup and it costs money. So I decided to go with the free tier of CloudFlare and it is amazing, best choice I've made for caching / SSL in a long time.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 130.8K views

I recently moved my portfolio to Amazon S3 and I needed a new way to cache and SSL my site as Amazon S3 does not come with this right out of the box. I tried Amazon CloudFront as I was already on Amazon S3 I thought this would be super easy and straight forward to setup... It was not, I was unable to get this working even though I followed all the online steps and even reached out for help to Amazon.

I'd used CloudFlare in the past, and thought let me see if I can set up CloudFlare on an Amazon S3 bucket. The setup for this was so basic and easy... I had it setup with caching and SSL within 5 minutes, and it was 100% free.

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Paul Adams
Paul Adams
Founder; CEO; Lead Full Stack Developer at The Coders Zone · | 7 upvotes · 53.2K views

We have used CloudFlare ourselves for many years and have been delighted with the enhanced performance of static content on our website and security benefits (such as DDOS mitigation and the web application firewall) for our APIs and client dashboard. Stripe Billing is a straightforward solution to recurring billing and the developer-friendly API allows us to automate the billing process from start to finish. Postman a great tool for testing APIs. Life without it would be a whole lot more difficult.

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Labinator Team
Labinator Team

The combination of CloudFlare and Let's Encrypt is very powerful. On all of our websites, we use this combination for best possible results.

CloudFlare is a robust popular CDN with a well-proven record of security features. Let's Encrypt is a non-profit certificate authority run by Internet Security Research Group that provides X.509 certificates for Transport Layer Security encryption. Using Let's Encrypt is completely free of charge which made it a very popular choice for our clients. It is also easy to install and greatly supported by a wide range of hosting providers.

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CloudFlare's Features

  • CDN
  • WAF (Web Application Firewall)
  • DDOS Protection

CloudFlare Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to CloudFlare?
Akamai
If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've probably used Akamai's cloud platform. Akamai helps businesses connect the hyperconnected, empowering them to transform and reinvent their business online. We remove the complexities of technology, so you can focus on driving your business faster forward.
MaxCDN
The MaxCDN Content Delivery Network efficiently delivers your site’s static file through hundreds of servers instead of slogging through a single host. This "smart route" technology distributes your content to your visitors via the city closest to them.
Incapsula
Through an application-aware, global content delivery network (CDN), Incapsula provides any website and web application with best-of-breed security, DDoS protection, load balancing and failover solutions.
Netlify
Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.
Fastly
Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.
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