PTB-Medien is a CloudFlare optimized Partner

 

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: teh will make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

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 their network.

 

Faster web performance

CloudFlare runs 23 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

 

CloudFlare Rechenzentrum

 

As your traffic passes through the CloudFlare data centers, they intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on their servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they 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.

 

CloudFlare Load

 

Broad web security

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

 

CloudFlare DDoS

 

CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about their approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of 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.

In time, their goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given their scale and the billions of different attacks they see and adapt to every year, they are well on their way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.

 

CloudFlare Railgun™

As a CloudFlare optimized Partner we can bring their Railgun™ technology to you for free. Railgun is a new web optimization technology that increases your site’s load time significantly. Websites using Railgun show a 143% improvement in HTML load times and a 90% decrease in time to first byte (TTFB) responses.

CloudFlare’s Railgun technology greatly speeds up the delivery of non-cached pages. While CloudFlare automatically caches about 65% of the resources needed to make up a page, 35% can't be cached because the resources are dynamically generated or marked as 'do not cache'. That 35% is often the initial HTML of the page that must be downloaded first. CloudFlare Railgun speeds up this remaining 35%.

CloudFlare Railgun uses a delta compression technique to recognize that even dynamically-generated or personalized pages change only a little over time or between users. The compression technology reduces the amount of data that is sent over the Internet to CloudFlare's data centers from your backend web servers. The result is faster delivery of the critical HTML that the browser must receive before it can download the rest of the page.

 

Signing up

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with PTB-Medien we make the process of setting up CloudFlare "1 click easy". Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That's it!

 

CloudFlare Aktivierung

 

They have kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through PTB-Medien are free.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare's advanced offerings, they 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.

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