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:
- 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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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.
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
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
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.
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.
Platform Update: we’ve been using the Performance Test tool provided by KeyCDN for a long time in combination with Pingdom's similar tool and the #WebpageTest and #GoogleInsight - we decided to test out KeyCDN for static asset hosting. The results for the endpoints were superfast - almost 200% faster than CloudFlare in some tests and 370% faster than imgix . So we’ve moved Washington Brown from imgix for hosting theme images, to KeyCDN for hosting all images and static assets (Font, CSS & JS). There’s a few things that we like about “Key” apart from saving $6 a month on the monthly minimum spend ($4 vs $10 for imgix). Key allow for a custom CNAME (no more advertising imgix.com in domain requests and possible SEO improvements - and easier to swap to another host down the track). Key allows JPEG/WebP image requests based on clients ‘accept’ http headers - imgix required a ?auto=format query string on each image resource request - which can break some caches. Key allows for explicitly denying cookies to be set on a zone/domain; cookies are a big strain on limited upload bandwidth so to be able to force these off is great - Cloudflare adds a cookie to every header… for “performance reasons”… but remember “if you’re getting a product something for free…”
Yesterday we moved away from using CloudFlare towards Amazon Route 53 for a few reasons. Although CloudFlare is a great platform, once you reach almost a 100% AWS Service integration, it makes it hard to still use CloudFlare in the stack. Also being able to use Aliases for DNS makes it faster because instead of doing a CNAME and an A record lookup, you will be able to receive the A records from the end services directly. We always loved working with CloudFlare , especially for DNS as we already used Amazon CloudFront for CDN. But having everything within AWS makes it "cleaner" when deploying automatically using AWS CloudFormation. All that aside, the main reason for moving towards Amazon Route 53 for DNS is the ability to do geolocation and latency based DNS responses. Doing this outside the AWS console would increase the complexity.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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