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CloudFlare vs imgix: What are the differences?

CloudFlare: The Web Performance & Security Company. Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet; imgix: Real-time image resizing service and CDN. imgix is a real-time image processing service and CDN. Resize, crop, and edit images simply by changing their URLs.

CloudFlare belongs to "Content Delivery Network" category of the tech stack, while imgix can be primarily classified under "Image Processing and Management".

Some of the features offered by CloudFlare are:

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

On the other hand, imgix provides the following key features:

  • Process Images - Resize, crop, and composite multiple images simply by changing their URLs.
  • Optimize Images - Change output formats, device-pixel ratios, and chroma subsampling rates.
  • Make Images Responsive - Easily integrate imgix into the latest HTML5 responsive image standards without reprocessing your entire image library.

"Easy setup, great cdn" is the top reason why over 398 developers like CloudFlare, while over 23 developers mention "Image processing on demand" as the leading cause for choosing imgix.

According to the StackShare community, CloudFlare has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2325 company stacks & 726 developers stacks; compared to imgix, which is listed in 55 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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Pros of CloudFlare
Pros of imgix
  • 423
    Easy setup, great cdn
  • 276
    Free ssl
  • 199
    Easy setup
  • 190
  • 180
  • 98
    Great cdn
  • 77
  • 71
  • 44
    Great UI
  • 28
    Great js cdn
  • 12
    HTTP/2 Support
  • 12
  • 12
    DNS Analytics
  • 12
  • 9
  • 9
    Rocket Loader
  • 9
  • 8
    IPv6 "One Click"
  • 7
  • 7
    Free GeoIP
  • 7
    Amazing performance
  • 7
  • 7
    Cheapest SSL
  • 7
    Fantastic CDN service
  • 7
    Nice DNS
  • 7
  • 6
    Free and reliable, Faster then anyone else
  • 6
  • 5
    Asynchronous resource loading
  • 4
    Easy Use
  • 4
  • 4
    Global Load Balancing
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
    Support for SSHFP records
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 28
    Image processing on demand
  • 24
    Easy setup
  • 18
    Smart Cropping
  • 18
    Reduce Development Costs
  • 15
  • 12
    Insanely Fast
  • 11
    Filters, resizing, blur and more as url parameters
  • 10
    Easy to understand pricing
  • 9
    Professional Features and Options
  • 6
    Lightyears better than ImageMagick
  • 6
    Excellent Face Detection
  • 5
    S3 as source
  • 4
    Scales to your company's needs
  • 4
    Great for Dynamic Compositing
  • 1
    Video encoding
  • 1
    Fast Image Delivery
  • 1
    Free tier
  • 1
    Amazing support
  • 1
    Great libraries and integrations
  • 1
    Automatic scrset generation

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Cons of CloudFlare
Cons of imgix
  • 2
    No support for SSHFP records
  • 2
    Expensive when you exceed their fair usage limits
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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.

    What is imgix?

    imgix is the leading platform for end-to-end visual media processing. With robust APIs, SDKs, and integrations, imgix empowers developers to optimize, transform, manage, and deliver images and videos at scale through simple URL parameters.

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