It’s a pretty big day at Fresh Roasted Hosting: as of today, FRH is officially a certified CloudFlare partner! To help explain how this can supercharge and protect your site, we’ve invited CloudFlare to write and contribute this guest post.
Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. They power more than 65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through CloudFlare’s network.
Faster Web Performance
Fresh Roasted Hosting already has a blazing fast shared hosting platform. CloudFlare takes that speed and makes it even faster by running 24 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.
As your traffic passes through the data centers, CloudFlare intelligently determines what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on CloudFlare’s servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.
CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.
Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) on the Internet (see the chart to the right). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.
CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking, or even spam submitted to a blog or comment form. CloudFlare’s protection actually gets smarter as more sites are added to the CloudFlare community. They analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.
If you’ve ever been the victim or target of a DDOS attack, you already know the effects can be devastating. That’s why CloudFlare’s goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history.
Any website can deploy CloudFlare. And Fresh Roasted Hosting has made it easy to do so by integrating CloudFlare directly into the shared hosting control panel. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it! We don’t charge anything for the tiers offered directly through Fresh Roasted Hosting!
For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.
We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, Fresh Roasted Hosting is a great place to start. Join the CloudFlare community and take your site’s performance and security to the next level!