Cloudflare is a powerful enhancement for your website. This article shows how to activate and configure Cloudflare using the Plesk control panel.
Cloudflare protects your websites from online threats and DDoS attacks, while making them twice as fast around the world. Cloudflare runs a globally distributed network. Once you enable Cloudflare on your website, the traffic routes through the Cloudflare network before it reaches your server. Cloudflare stops malicious web traffic, fights DDoS attacks and automatically caches and delivers content for faster load times.
Cloudflare ServerShield only accelerates and protects domains that have CNAME (canonical name) records - specifically, the www subdomain (for example, www.example.com). The root domain (example.com) uses an A record and cannot be routed directly through the Cloudflare network. Therefore, to make sure Cloudflare handles all traffic to your site, you should forward root domain requests to the www subdomain.
To activate Cloudflare ServerShield for your domain, follow these steps:
On the Cloudflare page, enter your email and password and then click
Click the button next to the root domain you want to enhance with Cloudflare.
Your site is now protected and accelerated by Cloudflare.
Once you have activated Cloudflare, you can access several configuration options by clicking the Manage Cloudflare link at the that appears to the right of the On / Off switch. Available configurations include: