Advantage of Cloudflare

November 5, 2018

The advantages of paying the one-off fee for our Cloudflare Integration addon really are worth pointing out. As well as speeding up your website load time considerably (using behaviour similar to a CDN and minifying CSS, Javascript and HTML), Cloudflare adds DNS and DDoS protection and security while reducing useless incoming traffic. Cloudlfare can even make your site available over HTTPS, using Flexible SSL, in certain situations.

The real benefits however become apparent when combined with a Digital Certificate. This is especially beneficial to cart sites that wish to take card details online. When both these addons are purchased, we do the following:

  • Turn on Full (Strict) in the SSL Options. Cloudflare will connect over HTTPS and verify the cert on each request
  • Redirect all requests with scheme “http” to “https”. This applies to all http requests to the zone
  • Cryptographically verify that requests to your origin server have come from Cloudflare using a TLS client certificate
  • Only allow HTTPS connections from visitors that support at least TLS version 1.2
  • Enable Opportunistic Encryption – this allows browsers to benefit from the improved performance of HTTP/2 by letting them know that your site is available over an encrypted connection
  • Enable Onion Routing – this allows routing traffic from legitimate users on the Tor network through Cloudflare’s onion services rather than exit nodes, thereby improving privacy of the users and enabling more fine-grained protection
  • Automatically fix mixed content by changing “http” to “https” for all resources or links on your web site that can be served with HTTPS
  • Enable HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) – this is a header which allows a website to specify and enforce security policy in client web browsers. This policy enforcement protects secure websites from downgrade attacks, SSL stripping, and cookie hijacking.

The result is an A+ rating for your site when it comes to security, so your customers can shop with confidence. Now what’s not to like about that?

Note: You can also get both these addons PLUS Weekly Backups of your site by including the Security Bundle when you checkout.