19 January, 2020

How to implement Cloudflare on a website with few simple steps


In my last post, I wrote about
Why Cloudflare and website security go hand in hand! 
Today, we will learn how to implement Cloudflare on a website. As I mentioned before, Cloudflare should be implemented on the websites which have unusual threats of viruses. Decent spam does not need high protection.
Cloudflare can be implemented through some easy steps. Let’s have a look on them one by one.
The first thing you need to do is

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Create an account on Cloudflare

Creating account on Cloudflare is much easier than you think. According to Cloudflare, account creation and signing up takes less than five minutes.
Go to https://dash.cloudflare.com/sign-up
Enter your email and password and click create account. Make sure that you enter a valid email which can send and receive emails. Clowdflare will use this address to send website performance and other updates. It would be better to use the email address like [email protected] . However, it is not necessary.

You are done with the first step of creating an account. Now,

Add a website

Login now and find the option of adding domain in the navigation bar. Then follow the steps.

  1. Add your website URL. Enter root domain like without www. My domain is, www.theutechsblog.com. I will enter theutechsblog.com.
  2. Now, select plan. Free one is enough for testing purposes and small websites.
  3. Cloudflare will identify the DNS details of your website. This will take approximately sixty seconds.
  4. Your domain information will appear. You will have to replace the DNS details.
  5. It will give you its own name servers and IPs which you will have to enter in your domain’s dash board.
  6. Login to your domain’s dash board and open your domain information.
  7. There, you will find options to add name servers and DNS records.
  8. Remove the old name servers provided by your domain provider and replace them with new ones provided by Cloudflare.
  9. Go to DNS settings and add IP records given by Cloudflare.
  10. Click save button when you are done.

That’s it. It will take sometime to configure all the settings. Once your records are officially updated, your site will become Cloudflare protected.
Note:
Every domain provider has different interface. Find out the above-mentioned options accordingly.

Why Cloudflare asks to replace name servers and IPs?

This is a question which should come to your mind while using Cloudflare. If you have some know-how of domain records, then you may understand easily that updating records can result in many serious changes in your website.
Cloudflare is a CDN network which points its own servers to your domain just for the sake of website protection. It works as a website cover.
It gives you its own records which you enter in your domain records. When users visit your website, they land on Cloudflare’s servers first. Then, they are filtered. If they are genuine visitors, Cloudflare passes them to your domain.
If they are not genuine, Cloudflare blocks their access. If hackers make an attempt to attack your website, Cloudflare provides cover to you. It bears everything on its own servers and your data and security keeps intact.


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