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We have partnered up with CloudFlare to offer their free CDN service to all of our shared hosting users. You will now find a CloudFlare icon in your cPanel(Under Software \ Services). that will let you setup and enable CloudFlare on your site with just a few simple mouse clicks.

If you're interested in CloudFlare I would suggest checking out the intro video right on their main site here: http://www.cloudflare.com/

Below is the CloudFlare FAQ:


What is CloudFlare?
CloudFlare is a performance and security service that we provide to our customers. On average, a website on CloudFlare loads 40% faster, uses 60% less bandwidth, has 65% fewer requests and is way more secure.

What is the association between x10Hosting and CloudFlare?
CloudFlare is a third-party vendor that is offering CloudFlare to x10Hosting customers through a partnership. This partnership is in beta.

We are continually striving to make the service the most effective, so let us know what you think. You can contact either x10Hosting or the CloudFlare Team at support@cloudflare.com.

How does CloudFlare’s technology work?
CloudFlare works as a reverse proxy. What this means is that once your website is part of the CloudFlare community, your web traffic is routed through CloudFlare’s global network.

CloudFlare’s network stores copy of your static files closer to your visitors, which means they are delivered more quickly than before. We cache resources such as CSS, Javascript and images. You do not have to make any changes on your end, CloudFlare’s technology automatically decides which resources to cache based on file extension names. We do not cache dynamic content. CloudFlare also does compression for every request.

CloudFlare’s network also blocks threats and limits abusive bots before they hit your server, which means less wasted bandwidth and server resources for you.

Where are CloudFlare’s data centers located?
CloudFlare’s network currently has eight locations. San Jose (US), Los Angeles (US), Chicago (US), Ashburn (US), New Jersey (US). Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Tokyo. At each of these nodes, CloudFlare does caching and bot filtering. We will be adding additional data centers in Paris, Frankfurt, London, Dallas, Miami, and Singapore in May 2011.

What types of websites can use CloudFlare?
Almost all websites can use CloudFlare. CloudFlare works for both static and dynamic websites.

CloudFlare is not suitable for websites that stream video or audio directly from their origin server. If you use YouTube or Vimeo for the videos embedded on your website, then that is compatible with CloudFlare.

My website has SSL. What do I do?
If you have SSL, your website can use CloudFlare, however there is an extra step. If your SSL is on its own sub-domain (i.e. SSL), then ensure that this sub-domain is marked with a gray cloud. If your SSL is on your root domain or www, then you have to upgrade to the paid, Pro service and follow the directions outlined here.

Will CloudFlare accelerate and protect my root domain?
CloudFlare can only accelerate and protect CNAMES. Since your root domain is an A record, we recommend that you forward your traffic to ‘www’ through your .htaccess file. If you do not forward the traffic, then any traffic to www.mydomain.com will be accelerated and protected by CloudFlare (and shown in the statistics) and any traffic to mydomain.com will not be served by CloudFlare.

Are there sub-domains I shouldn't enable with CloudFlare?
Sub-domains on CloudFlare are marked with an orange cloud. Sub-domains not on CloudFlare are marked with a gray cloud.

The CloudFlare network can only proxy web traffic over port 80 and 443. The following sub-domains should be marked with a gray cloud to prevent performance issues:

cpanel
direct
ftp
ghs.google.com
mail and webmail
mysql
nameservers (NS1, NS2)
secure* (unless you enable CloudFlare SSL)

View the full list of sub-domains here:

http://www.cloudflare.com/wiki/What_subdomains_are_appropriate_for_orange_/_gray_clouds

Can I enable CloudFlare on a wildcard (*) sub-domain?
No, for security reasons, CloudFlare does not proxy traffic to a wildcard sub-domain. You have to explicitly list the sub-domain as a CNAME in your DNS records to be able to activate CloudFlare.

Can I enable CloudFlare on my root domain (i.e. mywebsite.com) that is an A record?
If you activate CloudFlare through x10Hosting, CloudFlare can only accelerate and protect CNAMEs, not A records, which often includes the root domain. If you have traffic that goes to your root domain and you want to accelerate and protect the traffic using CloudFlare, you can add a redirect to ‘www’ in your .htaccess file. You should work with x10Hosting, but as a general outline, a redirect looks as follow:

RewriteEngine On
# Rewrite added for CloudflareInstall - mysite.com
# Wednesday 25th of August 2010 04:59:42 AM
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mysite.com$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} ^80$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.mysite.com/$1 [R=301,L]

I activated CloudFlare from my x10Hosting account. Do I also get an account on CloudFlare.com? What is the difference?

Once you activate CloudFlare on x10Hosting you also get an account at www.cloudflare.com. The basic statistics and settings are shown in your x10Hosting control panel. To see more statistics, your Threat Control panel and all the CloudFlare settings, you have to log in to your www.cloudflare.com account.

(Hint: To access your account the first time, enter the email address associated with your x10Hosting account and use the “I forgot my password” feature).



I tried CloudFlare and have an issue. What should I do?
When you enable CloudFlare, there should be no noticeable difference to your website. If your site is loading slowing after enabling CloudFlare, there is most likely a problem. First, disable CloudFlare by clicking the orange cloud so it becomes gray. Second, report the issue to x10Hosting. The x10Hosting team will work with CloudFlare to resolve the issue.


I think I'm beginning to get the idea, now that I'm re-reading this memo. It appears to me what Cloudfare really is, is a giant file accelerator. Sounds good. Let's hope the hiccups stay at a minimum.
 

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I personally don't think CloudFlare would benefit my site since it's fine as is, but it looks like this is benefitting many members :)

p.s. there's no need to quote a whole topic post, t1. :)
 

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Sorry Dead-i, I re-read the whole thing several times before really understanding what it meant. :)
 

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its pretty cool , i have been using cloudflare since it's beta stage . it has really benefited my site .

Must have for all webmaster , and there is news that metallica.com uses cloudflare too :wink:
 

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Sorry Dead-i, I re-read the whole thing several times before really understanding what it meant.
Lol, okay :) To be honest I don't understand how CloudFlare would benefit (ie. why is it needed?).
 
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Lol, okay :) To be honest I don't understand how CloudFlare would benefit (ie. why is it needed?).
Well, for starters, CloudFlare caches your static content (images, stylesheets, scripts, large images, and did i say images?) and saves it to THEIR fast servers, which means, when a users surfs your site, all those static contents will be loaded from THEIR servers, which means less work for x10 servers, more x10 members happy. Another thing, Cloudflare distributes your static contents to other Cloudflare servers from all over the world, which means, your large images would load faster for people who browses your website from the other side of the world.

In general, Cloudflare makes your site faster and much more responsive.

Is cloudfare already implemented on free hosting? (Lotus)

Yes, just activate it from your cPanel and sign up to Cloudflare.
 

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it aint working..for about 1 month..oops..it aint working at all for about 3 moths...
in the first 2 months..well the first time i used it..cdn aint working..then now..its totally not working...
too sad...
 

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Dear Sir,
Thanks for the innovative move.
But some day, if cloddddddddddddudflare goes away from X10 partnership, will there be a kind of loss to the website makers who are on X10..
Putting it on the otherway round..if I opt to cloudflare now and after 2 months I don't want that and I withdraw, will I be in a kind of deadlock?
Please suggest.
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