How to Setup CloudFlare on Your Website/Blog (Just 5 Minutes)

Cloudflare is a robust content delivery network (CDN) and security platform that can enhance the performance, security, and reliability of your website or blog. Follow these quick and easy steps to set up Cloudflare in just 5 minutes and start enjoying the benefits.

Step 1: Sign Up for a Cloudflare Account

  1. Visit Cloudflare’s Website: Go to the Cloudflare website (https://www.cloudflare.com/) and sign up for a free account. Provide your email address, create a password, and complete the registration process.

Step 2: Add Your Website to Cloudflare

  1. Add a Site: After signing in, click on the “+ Add a Site” button. Enter your website’s domain name and click “Add Site.” Cloudflare will automatically scan your DNS records.
  2. Choose a Plan: Select a plan that suits your needs. Cloudflare offers a free plan with essential features that are often sufficient for small to medium-sized websites.

Step 3: Update Your Domain’s DNS Records

  1. Review DNS Records: Cloudflare will display a list of DNS records it detected during the scan. Review the records and ensure they are correct. Cloudflare typically imports your existing records, but you may need to adjust them based on your website’s needs.
  2. Update Nameservers: Cloudflare will provide you with two nameservers. Go to your domain registrar’s website (where you purchased your domain) and update the nameservers to the ones provided by Cloudflare. This step is crucial for routing your website’s traffic through Cloudflare’s network.

Step 4: Configure Cloudflare Settings

4.1 Security Level: Adjust the security level based on your website’s needs. Cloudflare offers a security scale from “Essentially Off” to “I’m Under Attack.” For most websites, the default setting of “Medium” provides a good balance between security and user experience.

4.2 SSL/TLS Settings: Navigate to the “SSL/TLS” tab and choose the appropriate SSL option. For enhanced security, it’s recommended to set this to “Full” or “Full (Strict)” if your website has a valid SSL certificate. This ensures a secure connection between your visitors and Cloudflare.

4.3 Always Use HTTPS: Enable the “Always Use HTTPS” option to redirect users to the secure version of your website. This ensures that data transmitted between your visitors and your website is encrypted, enhancing overall security.

4.4 Automatic HTTPS Rewrites: Enable “Automatic HTTPS Rewrites” to fix mixed content issues. This feature helps ensure that all resources on your website are loaded securely, even if the original links were not explicitly configured for HTTPS.

4.5 Browser Integrity Check: Turn on the “Browser Integrity Check” feature to identify and block potentially malicious visitors. This helps protect your website from various types of attacks.

4.6 Challenge Passage: Configure the “Challenge Passage” settings under the “Firewall” tab to set the level of difficulty for challenges presented to suspicious visitors. Adjust this based on your desired balance between security and user experience.

Step 5: Check for Proper Configuration (Continued)

5.1 DNS Records Check: After making the necessary configurations, revisit the “DNS” tab in your Cloudflare dashboard. Ensure that all your DNS records are correctly imported and match your original settings. Make any additional adjustments if needed.

5.2 Verify Nameserver Update: Double-check with your domain registrar that the nameservers have been successfully updated to the ones provided by Cloudflare. This step is crucial for routing your website’s traffic through Cloudflare’s network.

5.3 Check for HTTPS: Confirm that your website is loading over HTTPS. Open your website in a browser and check for the padlock icon in the address bar, indicating a secure connection. If needed, clear your browser cache or try accessing your site from an incognito window.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully configured Cloudflare settings for your website. These adjustments enhance the security and performance of your site, contributing to a more seamless and protected online experience for your visitors.