When it comes to website security, there is almost always one name that comes first in the mind of many web hosts and website owners: CloudFare. This free to use service not only speeds up site performance; it also acts as a protective layer between site visitors and web host servers. Through this program, users can have their sites protected and secured against many different threats, such as malicious visitors. In addition, they also get to save on bandwidth as well as average page loading times.
And now, CloudFlare brings even more good news to its current clients and potential customers. This is in the form of three additional services: Universal SSL, Virtual DNS, and Railgun dynamic caching. So for those who have not had the chance to check out this free service yet, now is the best time to do so.
A Quick Overview on CloudFlare
As mentioned above, this company provides services involved in enhancing both the performance and the security side of websites. It powers about 5 percent of the overall online traffic. It consists of a very impressive Content Delivery Network (CDN), Virtual DNS, platform for web content optimization, firewall, analytics, applications, and zero-cost Universal SSL among many others.
These services alone have already garnered the company so many users from all over the country. And with the three new improvements mentioned above, more web hosts and website owners are, no doubt, going to want to become CloudFare users too.
CloudFlare Virtual DNS – Faster, More Secure DNS
In the world of Virtual DNS, the number of people experiencing performance and security issues continues to rise. Before, web hosts only had access to a small number of physical name servers that allowed them to handle DNS queries.
With the important roles played by DNS in terms of web speed performance, plus the growing concerns for the severity and size of DNS-related attacks launched today, the need for extremely speedy and even more secure DNS service only makes complete sense.
For industry beginners and newbies, the steps that need to be taken to avoid these problems can be very complex and tricky.
Fortunately, CloudFare has decided to make things easier, simpler, and less-time consuming for them. The recently launched CloudFlare Virtual DNS service provides an elegant solution to the increasing security and performance issues of maintaining a DNS infrastructure.
Basically, it works by allowing the host to maintain similar workflow while making use of the global network of CloudFare to recognize DNS attacks and deflect them. At the same time, the new DNS service also helps in considerably boosting the overall performance of the DNS infrastructure.
CloudFlare Railgun – Allows for Speedier, More Dynamic Websites
Much thanks to the new CloudFlare Railgun service, caching down to a website’s individual components now takes a lot less time. Through this new addition, users can expect to go through a shortened period of dynamic processes. All in all, they can experience an increase in site performance by up to 200 percent.
And to make things even better, more people are now provided with access to this very useful feature. Before, it was only made available to users who have accounts costing more $200 every month. Nowadays, though, hosts who have decided to become partners with CloudFare are now given the chance to include this in the services they offer to their clients, at absolutely no additional cost.
With one of the major problems that web hosts have to deal with being loss of clients due to churn rates, becoming partners with CloudFlare can significantly boost their customer retention rate. Since CloudFare offers many different value-added benefits, with many of them not having any additional costs, it is not hard to see why many people are making the switch.
For those who put extreme value in the security and safety of their websites, a CloudFare-running web host and control panel, such as cPanel, can be a very good investment.