Our ninjas protecting your sites!
TITB is proud to announce a new partnership with Cloudflare, Inc. to offer their Cloudflare protection to thire customers. Cloudflare acts a transparent filtering proxy, sitting between your site and it’s visitors. Cloudflare blocks hackers and spammers from attacking your site, and also speeds up load times by acting as a content delivery network and serving cached copies of your static files from a proxy which is closer to your customers. On average, Cloudflare customers have seen a 30% improvement in page load times. In it’s basic mode, Cloudflare is free. We are the first host to integrate Cloudflare protection into our control panel. If you are a TITB shared customer, you can enable Cloudflare protection for your domains by clicking on the orange Cloudflare icon in your control panel.
What is CloudFlare? How do I enable?
Shared plans may enable CloudFlare services via cPanel. The icon is under the Advanced section.
Now you will see the area to signup an account:
CloudFlare is a FREE system that acts as a proxy between your visitors and our server. By acting as a proxy, CloudFlare caches static content for your site, which lowers the number of requests to our servers, but still allows visitors to access your site. There are several advantages of the CloudFlare system.
Advantages of the CloudFlare system:
- Site Performance Improvement: CloudFlare has proxy servers located throughout the world. Proxy servers are located closer to your visitors, which means they will likely see page load speed improvements as the cached content is delivered from the closest caching box instead of directly off our server. There is a lot of research that shows that a faster a site, the longer a visitor stays.
- Bot and Threat Protection: CloudFlare uses data from Project Honey Pot and other third party sources, as well as the data from its community, to identify malicious threats online and stop the attacks before they even get to your site. You can see which threats are being stopped through your CloudFlare dashboard here: https://www.cloudflare.com/your-websites.html.
- Spam Comments Protection: CloudFlare leverages data from third party resources to reduce the number of spam comments on your site
- Alerting Visitors of Infected Computers: CloudFlare alerts human visitors that have an infected computer that they need to take action to clean up the malware or virus on their machine. The visitor can enter a CAPTCHA to gain access to your site.
- Offline Browsing Mode: In the event that our server is unavailable, visitors should still be able to access your site since CloudFlare serves the visitor a page from its cache.
- Lower CPU Usage: As fewer requests hit our server, this lowers the overall CPU usage of your account.
- New Site Stats: You have good tools to evaluate human traffic coming to your site, but no insight into search engine crawlers and threats. With CloudFlare, now you do.
There are some limitations of the CloudFlare system:
- Currently, requests must be directed to http://www.$domain instead of $domain (which means you may need to make some configuration changes).
- CloudFlare caches static content from your site. While this reduces the load on your server, it means that if you make a change to an existing static file, like an image, there may be a delay before the change appears. While you are updating your site, you can put CloudFlare in Development Mode so changes appear immediately.
- CloudFlare’s basic mode cannot handle SSL certificates. If you need to use an SSL certificate, that part of your site needs to be on a subdomain that is not protected.
Does TITB support mod_cloudflare?
TITB has installed mod_cloudflare across all of its shared and reseller servers. We have also made the firewall changes necessary for optimum performance with CloudFlare’s protection.
Will the CloudFlare plugin be available on reseller servers?
Cloudflare is now available on Reseller servers.
Do I need to change my nameservers to use CloudFlare?
I logged into the CloudFlare Dashboard and tried to add a domain, it wants me to change my nameservers, do I need to change my nameservers to use CloudFlare?
There are two different ways to use CloudFlare: basic mode and advanced mode. Basic mode does not require you to change your nameserver or manage your own DNS records. Basic mode is setup by our cPanel Install Plugin. Advanced mode will require you to change your nameservers. Once they are changed any changes you make in cPanel will have to be made to the zone file with CloudFlare. Advanced mode is only recommend for advanced users who cannot make the redirections that basic mode demands. If you attempt to add a domain via advanced mode, you will not be able to add the domain via basic mode until you remove it from the CloudFlare dashboard.
Why do I see a black page saying CloudFlare has not been setup for my domain?
CloudFlare uses a resolve_to DNS record to get the IP address of a domain its proxying. Typically that is cloudflare.domain.com. If that subdomain is not resolving, CloudFlare does not know where to load your page from so it will error. To correct this make sure the resolve_to subdomain resolves.
How much does CloudFlare protection cost?
For basic protection CloudFlare is free. However some additional features (SSL support for CloudFlare and Live Updating Statistics) may require an additional payment.