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CloudFlare vs KeyCDN: What are the differences?

Developers describe CloudFlare as "The Web Performance & Security Company". Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet. On the other hand, KeyCDN is detailed as "A CDN crafted with ease and simplicity in mind - speed up your website". KeyCDN is a superfast Content Delivery Network with best prices on the market. This CDN allows you to accelerate any kind of content.

CloudFlare and KeyCDN can be primarily classified as "Content Delivery Network" tools.

Some of the features offered by CloudFlare are:

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

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

  • HTTP/2 support
  • Free automated Let's Encrypt SSL
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing

"Easy setup, great cdn" is the primary reason why developers consider CloudFlare over the competitors, whereas "Pay-as-you-go" was stated as the key factor in picking KeyCDN.

According to the StackShare community, CloudFlare has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2300 company stacks & 712 developers stacks; compared to KeyCDN, which is listed in 34 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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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 KeyCDN?

KeyCDN is a superfast Content Delivery Network with best prices on the market. This CDN allows you to accelerate any kind of content.

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    What are some alternatives to CloudFlare and KeyCDN?
    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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    Reviews of CloudFlare and KeyCDN
    Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

    Using it with my webforum (9000 Users/Month / 600.000 Requests) Easy to integrate with existing documentations for all big applications, free ssl support with let's encrypt or own certificate. Ability to use own domain (like cdn.yourdomain.org). You only pay for that what you're really using (pay as you go).

    Using KeyCDN already a little bit more then one year, i love it. Loadspeed improved heavily (without: 2,5-4s | with (0,5-1,2s).

    Support is very fast and helpful in any situation.

    And the most important thing: cheaper then others. while being much faster.

    I can only recommend everyone to use KeyCDN.

    But please keep this in mind, unused credits will expire after one year if there wasn't a payment for more than a year but you can retain them with any payment for another year before the expiry.

    Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

    KeyCDN is a simple-to-use and reliable solution to decrease page load times around the world. In particular, I enjoy the simplicity of the dashboard provided, the CMS integration documentation, custom sub-domain configuration, and Let's Encrypt support.

    As an individual user, I use KeyCDN for a variety of different personal projects, some of which may experience high traffic at peak times. I have never once had an issue with the KeyCDN service and it has served me well over the past year.

    My one and only issue with KeyCDN is that there is a minimum purchase requirement and that the credits purchased will expire after one year. Still, one could rationalize KeyCDN as a yearly subscription service this way and it would still be a good deal for those who need a reliable CDN provider.

    Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

    Turned out to be the best CDN of the ones we tried (including CloudFront, CacheFly, and MaxCDN). It's by far the best modern, well designed, and easy to use interface. It seems to have every feature we could need, including SPDY support (which CloudFront still lacks), an API that allows easy free cache invalidation, HTTPS SNI, and real-time logging.

    It didn't seem to be very fast at first and we almost stopped using them, but it turns out they have an odd quirk where they don't cache pages that don't set a Content-Length header (which PHP pages normally don't). Once we set up a work-around for that issue, it worked very well. Hopefully that's an issue they can fix on their end eventually.

    Review ofCloudFlareCloudFlare

    I first wore my first domain cloudflare IE "https://rifqiarief.tk" until now can still be visited, I am really grateful to the cloudflare, thanks to rare to my website down cloudflare, before my website is down so often, because I'm wearing a great resource, and dilimit by my hosting party "be advised, I wear free hosting:D" now thanks to him, to my website really stable, unless it's really my full server connection my server, run faster, regardless of my location in Indonesia, unfortunately the cloudflare doesn't have a datacenter in Indonesia, if you don't believe me, please visit my website "https://rifqiarief.tk"

    Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

    The ability to fine tune the configuration of each zone to a specific business goal. The robust set of features available at no extra cost such as: HTTP2, Custom SSL, GZip Compression, HLS optimisation. Quick addition of latest technologies such as the Brotli compression algorithm. Still have one minus, is limit of 5 zones only. Very recommend to use

    Review ofKeyCDNKeyCDN

    I was using MaxCdn for a few years and found it too expensive for my low traffic wordpress sites. Then I found KeyCDN and found all the same features and benefits for half the price. I have been pretty happy using KeyCDN and switching over to them has been painless.

    How developers use CloudFlare and KeyCDN
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    Tim Lucas uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    Cloudflare sits in front of the entire site providing HTTP2 and HTTPS, which is particularly important due the large number of SVG images for the headings that need to be send down to the browser in parallel. Cloudflare also manages the DNS for DKIM TXT records, a dynamic root ALIAS record to the Heroku application, and GeoIP country headers.

    Avatar of ShadowICT
    ShadowICT uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    We use CloudFlare to protect our network from breaches as well as to reduce bandwidth on the servers themselves and therefore freeing up the bandwidth for our other projects. We also use CloudFlare for instant DNS propagation across the internet where possible.

    Avatar of Adminout
    Adminout uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    We love the free SSL and extensive CDN network. DDoS protection is a plus. Great premium features for rapidly growing projects. Cloudflare has helped us forget about silly things like asset minification and email obfuscation.

    Avatar of OnlineCity
    OnlineCity uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    We use CF for DNS hosting, since their AnyCast DNS provides the best latency in the business, and they support DNSSEC + IPv6. We don't use the CDN or website optimizations.

    Avatar of Adrian Harabulă
    Adrian Harabulă uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    lots of good stuff available for free that you don't even think about it, default configuration saves you weeks of work, painless https setup, good to kickstart projects

    Avatar of BrizTech Ltd.
    BrizTech Ltd. uses KeyCDNKeyCDN

    Content delivery network to cater for expanding our international customer base.

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