How Does Cloudflare Work?
Cloudflare acts as a middleman to handle requests through their global network of data centers. As requests come in, Cloudflare will determine the fastest routes to provide content, much like a CDN, to present it at local speeds. What separates Cloudflare from a CDN is that it can handle all requests to a website.
What Does Cloudflare do? What are the Benefits?
Cloudflare acts as a buffer between you and the visitor, much like a secretary handling appointments for their boss. As requests come in, Cloudflare determines whether they are valid or malicious and serves the necessary information. To speed up the process Cloudflare will cache common static information for higher amounts of requests.
When you sign up for Cloudflare you get the following benefits:
- Reduced server load
- Bandwidth savings
- Fewer support tickets
- More performance out of existing infrastructure
- A broad security layer and DDoS protection
Additionally, Cloudflare will provide you:
- Weekly analytics
- Railgun (WAN Optimization)
Benefits to Your site:
- Sites load twice as fast
- Use 60% less bandwidth
- See 65% fewer requests
- Have an additional layer of web protection