How to set up CloudFlare with RackNine

August 5, 2014

Cloudflare LogoCloudFlare is a global Content Delivery Network (CDN) and distributed Domain Name Server (DNS) provider, that acts as a reverse proxy for websites by placing itself between your website visitors and RackNine’s web hosting.

By optimizing the delivery of web pages visitors get in most cases faster page load times and improved performance. CloudFlare operates out of 28 data centers around the world, caching your static files at their edge nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from RackNine’s web servers.

CloudFlare also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources, which results in a decrease in spam and other attacks. Once CloudFlare automatically detects a new attack  arising against any website on its network, their software starts to block the attack for both the particular website and the entire community.

Over the last three years, CloudFlare has grown 450% annually, and is currently adding about 5,000 new clients a day. It’s easy to see why, CloudFlare can be used by anyone with a website and their own domain, regardless of their budget, since their core service is free. Adding your website requires only a simple change to your domain’s DNS settings, which makes it as easy to turn CloudFlare off as you turned it on.

CloudFlare integrates seamlessly on RackNine shared Linux servers, and can be installed on multiple aliased sub-domains on the same RackNine server if you are on a Deluxe or Premium hosting plan. After signing up for CloudFlare, these are the steps you need to follow to change your domain’s DNS and point them to CloudFlare.

  1. Log into your RackNine account.
  2. Click on Domains and on the domain that you want to use CloudFlare with.
  3. Click Manage on Name Servers.
  4. Select Custom and then Click Add Name Server.
  5. Enter the CloudFlare Name Servers addresses you’ve been assigned. That information can be found by going to the DNS settings option in your CloudFlare account dashboard (Settings->DNS Settings).
  6. Click OK

As with any other operation involving a change of Name Servers you need to allow for up to 72 hours for the new DNS information to propagate, but your website operations will not be interrupted in any way during this transition process.

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