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What We Do At Cloudflare, we have our eyes set on an ambitious goal -- to help build a better Internet. We believe that with our talented team, smart technology and engaged users we can solve some of the biggest problems on the Internet. Just how big? We serve more web traffic than Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Instagram, Bing, & Wikipedia combined. Anytime we push code, it immediately affects over 200 million web surfers. Every day, more than 10,000 new customers sign-up for Cloudflare service. Every week, the average Internet user touches us more than 500 times. We serve data from over 102 points-of-presence around the world.

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Cloudflare is a simple way to make websites faster, safer and smarter.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

Cloudflare is committed to building a better Internet and provides market-leading price-performance value for anyone that maintains a web site or API that is connected to the Internet. Cloudflare provides unmetered mitigation for DDoS protection as part of it's CDN offering in addition to other complementary services to accelerate dynamic content delivery.

Cloudflare's architecture is API first, allowing developers to easily integrate its content delivery services with existing web platforms and infrastructure. Cloudflare differentiates itself as a highly customizable delivery network with the addition of Cloudflare Workers; its serverless product that enables developers to leverage the network for greater scale and autonomy.


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Chief Content Creator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

For anyone starting out in the world of web development, setting up and using a CDN can be a very daunting task. This is where Cloudflare comes in. With a streamlined setup process and straightforward controls, you will be set up and ready to go within minutes of signing up for an account. For 90% of users out there, the free version provides above and beyond what you will require from a CDN. With additional DDoS protection, a strong firewall and extremely fast caching, it takes your website from being about average to one of the best on the market. Some websites can experience load times that are anywhere between 2x and 10x faster. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Being limited to 3 page rules is one thing where Cloudflare feels like it could fall short on. 5 would've been a nice number. But if you can get a little technical with how URLs work in general, you can combine multiple rules into one, giving in essence more than 3 page rules. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a revolutionary CDN that not one has multiple Points of Presence around the globe, but also has a dedicated network that provides speed and security, then look no further. Cloudflare does all of this while being free (or inexpensive if you're looking for something extra). It is quite possibly, THE BEST service you can use for DDoS protection as they have proved multiple times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google searches have proven that if users don't see a webpage within 2 seconds of clicking a link, they never visit the website again. With Cloudflare, not only do users see my webpage within a second of clicking a link, they are also incentivized to look around and in doing so, find more content that they might be interested in. This has increased user retention for my website, while also helping sign up new users to the mailing list to keep an active pool of engaged users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Simplicity and accessibility. Everything is centralized in a single customer area in an ergonomic and fluid way. Add to this the fact that the installation of CloudFlare is extremely simple, fast. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, there is nothing unpleasant. Everything is perfect. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need speed for your website or can set up rules, install software or something else, CloudFlare is the best solution on the market, which includes even a free version Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to CloudFlare, I was able to improve the speed of DNS servers and benefit from a fast and efficient waiting time for DNS parameter changes (Before, when I was making changes to my servers, it could take up to 1 hour to implement these changes; this is now almost instantaneous).

But there are many services offered by CloudFlare that simplify the task and save you time such as DDOS protection, the installation of a firewall and rules such as blocking a particular ip, geographical restriction and so much more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare is dead simple, and without much work on your part, will speed up and secure your website at the DNS level- before anything even hits your web server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only issues I've encountered are when Cloudflare's proxy makes it so that other services can't detect DNS records or caching related issues. However you can temporarily disable their proxy service at will, so it's never a big deal. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just do it. It's the easiest thing you can do to immediately add value to your services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloudflare has solved not only performance issues for clients, but also mitigated DDoS attacks and other automated attacks on our sites. Additionally, it has image optimization in paid plans, and other options that keep your sites running on the latest technology to users who have it available. It's the easiest way to make a noticeable improvement to your site for a total time commitment of like 10 minutes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Cloudflare is the service I put in front of every website I manage, as the very first thing. The range of features Cloudflare provides on every tier, even the free one, is unmatched by any other CDN or security provider, Every new feature they add is an engineer's dream, and I find myself nodding in approval, even if that feature is not relevant to me or my company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have absolutely no use for their App marketplace, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Cloudflare we always use these features:

- DDoS protection

- automatic security features

- web application firewall rules

- top notch DNS, incl. DNS security features

- lowest cost domain names anywhere

- full fledged CDN

- automated CDN features such as Brotli compression and webp image transcoding

- page rules to handle admin pages differently from visitor-facing website Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to use and install which save once early efforts.Key features are very clear and leads to successful achievements.Support and maintenance team system are best.Free trier services are available.the content loading is fast and reliable with good tracffc filteration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The security options are limited because it acts as a bridge.Some critical choices are with standard options,which restricted the customization.The filter and blocking system is very good however it might block some genuine users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a performance booster CDN,it save time and money by reducing the bandwidth and other resources consumption.It also save time of the up and down loading time of the websites.It is really cost effective.Filteration process is very good and smooth. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy setup with easy Integration save time and cost.Mature and Advance development created high level available global content delivery.That increase and build the confidence of customer to rely on services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Out of the box it gives me great features and help for my various websites, and all for free. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I literally can't think of one thing I am unhappy about. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to do HSTS, and SSL.

Prevent DDOS attacks.

Interesting Analytics, though not having more time options is frustrating, yet understandable on a free plan.

I want to try the integration with the WP app but don't really need it yet. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

1. Maintenance and deployment flexibility via API and Terraform

2. Reducing risk for handling transitions: far less time than rivals to disseminate cap transitions (seconds vs 30 minutes).

3. Managed rules are ready-to-use and require minimum (if applicable) configuration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In a less developed organization with no logging aggregation tools to use Cloudflare logs, analyzing data to determine thresholds can be difficult, since built-in dashboards are insufficiently targetful for things like speed limitation or bot management. Cloudflare worked great with us, however, to hear such feedback and to enhance native dashboards / experience with time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cloudflare logs are rich / well-conceived-do n't be tempted with a web console or dashboards and create your business-specific logs instead. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloudflare provides a excellent off-the-box implementation for more advanced organisations, as well as a very robust / extendable WAF implementation. The product evolves / improves continuously from both the Cloudflare Roadmap and the inclusion of the issues in our comments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Artist Co-Manager / Business Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Free trial! it also is great for site speed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

there were a few instances were the site went down due to proxies not being set up properly on our end, but there was no walk-through to help. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Site speed as increased 20% Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Company President & CTO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Deploying Cloudflare on your domain takes minutes, the peace of mind is priceless.

To install Cloudflare, you enter the domain name, choose the plan and then Cloudflare scans the zone for known hosts, such as all the commonly used cPanel records. These are presented to you to review and then add your own records.

Once you have your zone setup on Cloudflare , change your nameservers to the two provided to you by Cloudflare and you're done. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

manually checking a large zone for missed records in the initial scan can take a while. By that I mean you can scan your zone and commonly used records are scanned quickly and easily, but anything that's custom or bespoke in terms of A-Name or C-Name records have to be entered manually. I'd like to be able to enter the hostname and have them look them up easier.

I understand you can import a zone file, which I have not done yet - so that might help as long as you have access to the existing DNS.

Many times we're setting up cloudflare and then having to co-ordinate with an existing 'admin' who won't relinquish access, that can cause issues. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just try it on a domain or two - you'll love it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

faster DNS, content caching, WAF and centralized firewall.

Benefits realized:

a. peace of mind

b. instant DNS update

c. content distribution network

d. WAF

e. centralized blocklist of malicious actors and their IP addresses

f. Visitor and traffic statistics Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare's massive global CDN really got me into using Cloudflare. This, in turn is quite surprising as, CDN's are all over the world and also from countries you would not expect any company would have a server. This made our site double its speed as there are more servers dispersed for a customers location that served the cached files from our site.

I am also impressed with Cloudflare's security features. Even with the Free Tier, you have 5 Firewall rules and 3 Page Rules, which is enough to secure the most critical pages of your site.

Lastly, I am shocked at how it offers more features, and even enabled for the Free Tier which adds up more speed to our site, like their, minification feature for js, css and html, brotli compression for https and the Cache Everything option on Page Rules. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

You could not use a custom ssl with your domain on the browser settings with Free Tier, you need to upgrade to one of the paid plans. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cloudflare is a really good website protection service and speed optimization service for your website. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Optimized website and it loads twice more than just without Cloudflare. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Web Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare helps our site in many factors.

First, it speeds up our site with their CDN's globally, which caches our static files and even cacheable dynamic files to forward to our visitors without the need of getting it from our servers. It also speeds up our site even more with the QUIC protocol, Brotli compression and js, css and html minification feature.

Secondly, it protects our site with its Firewall rules which we have set to compliment with our site. It also protects our site by hiding its real IP from prying eyes.

And lastly, it also has some great additional features we use such as Free SSL, Page rules (to further enhance a page speed and security), its DNS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

100 mb upload for free tier is not that great if your site is already huge, with backups way above 100mb. There is a way anyhow, just by using the direct IP of your server in File Manager or FTP. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Free tier offers unlimited bandwidth and most features available are already rich. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Obviously, faster website and excellent security. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare is:

1. Speeds Up Website by:

a. Content Delivery Network (serving cached content globally)

b. Minimizing html, css and javascript

c. Brotli compression through ssl traffic.

d. Page Rules

2. Protects website from attacks by:

a. Firewall rules

b. Acting as a reverse proxy to hide your server IP

c. Page rules

d. Browser protection

e. DDOS attack

3. Free SSL Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some features like image webp converter is not available on the free version where you can get it with litespeed webserver for free. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I am only using the free version as I think with the traffic that we have is an overkill if we upgrade and could not gain any profit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better protection and security for websites and faster website loading not just for website speed testing tools but also to the visitors eyes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare acts as a protection layer in front of your website. DDOS attacks, spams, and even bad ip's will be blocked or challenged based on the setting you have done with page rules or firewall settings. It even hides your servers IP, so intentional hacking will be prevented.

It does speed up your website tremendously with its CDN. You could also set how long it your files be cached on any CDN server they have. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Trial and error consumes time when you already have a separate caching for your website. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is good to speed up and protect websites, especially for sites on shared hosting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Website drastically improves loading to visitors and better protection. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Web Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like Cloudflare very much as it speeds up and protects websites at the same time.

Speeds up sites by:

1. Minimizing html, css and js codes.

2. Global CDN which speeds up site by caching files served to the visitor.

3. Page Rules where you can set to cache everything and set the the desired TTL.

4. Brotli compression for https connections.

Protects websites by:

1. Hiding real IP of server.

2. Firewall rules you can set to stop bruteforce and bots.

3. Page rules to secure pages of your sites. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cloudflare drastically speeds up our site and protected it, so there is nothing I do not like about it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It does speed up websites. Just check it on website speedtest sites with multiple servers and even test it out yourself. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Protected website and faster loading of website. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Junior Web Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare speeds up our wordpress site. It enables CDN caching, to better serve cached content to visitors from different locations thus speeding the loading of our site to those visitors and at the same time saving us resources from our server.

Cloudflare also has features for more website optimization like brotli compression, css and html minification, railgun and rocket loader.

Cloudflare also offers a layer of protection with its firewall and page rules which you can set for your desired settings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

You need to upgrade your plan to use your ssl certificate as it is shown on the url with your domain. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider Cloudflare. Their free plan is absolutely amazing, as its features is what other cdn provider offers with their paid plans. With cloudflare, you can get it free. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Securing our site with cloudflares layer of protection and at the same time speeding up our site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Ability to cloak websites, protect from DDoS, and increased up-time is the reason for choosing Cloudflare. Reliability is excellent. Very easy to use UI which includes a free-tier for home users and enthusiasts. I use the service both for home-use and professionally at work. Compression is a perk too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Free tier doesn't include access logs, just general access counts and which country connections came from. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There's a free-tier to try the service. I would recommend it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Main purpose was to increase security and uptime. Security is increased by masking our web servers using Cloudflare. Our public IPs are exposed to the internet, but now harder to find. Uptime is also increased because CF provides a cached version of the site while the website is down. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Wordpress Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare speeds up our site tremendously. It caches all cacheable files to any of their global cdn whereever the visitor is located to served our website faster and also reducing the resource usage of our server. It also has options for more speed optimization like html, css and js minification, brotli compression, railgun, rocket loader and some settings you could use in page rules. Also protects your site as it hides the real ip of your server so attackers wont know what your server is. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I need more page rules but the cheapest paid plan is pricey. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cloudflare does improve website speed and protect your site more, so I definitely recommend it and it has a free plan, which we use too, that you can try. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Secure website, faster website and reduced server resources usage. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Administrator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

What I like most about Cloudflare is that it helps improve the loading speed of our website. Because they provide CDN systems worldwide, it will help website owners greatly in improving website speed, regardless of whether visitors are from anywhere in the world.

In addition, the installation and configuration of Clouflare is also very easy, just need a few basic operations in minutes I have completed a website. Clear & easy-to-use interface is also a success of Cloudflare.

Furthermore, when using Cloudflare, I was offered a free SSL, which I had to buy at a high cost before.

Most specifically, I absolutely do not need to pay any fees when using Cloudflare. The free version of Cloudflare provides all the features that my website needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What I don't like about Cloudflare is their report system. Stats and analytics of Cloudflare are quite limited and are not very detailed. Traffic reports that are provided are also quite limited.

In addition, Cloudflare does not provide me with a tool to see the improvement of my website's loading speed.

In fact, I'm quite happy to use Cloudflare, I don't have any serious problem when using it. So, at the moment, I still use Cloudflare for all of my websites. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Because Cloudflare offers a free version with lots of important functions, Cloudflare is suitable for small and medium websites or startups. It will help you save a lot of costs while ensuring your website operates stably and safely. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Cloudflare for all my websites. Because Cloudflare is free and for all kind of benefits it gives me, I will continue to use it for future websites.

The main purpose of using Cloudflare is to increase page loading speed as well as the security of the website. I am satisfied with what Cloudflare offered. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Wordpress Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cloudflare speeds up our site drastically, because of its CDN, where it caches cacheable files on the nearest location to your visitor, thus also reducing the usage of your servers resources.

It also helps to optimize your site, with brotli compression for ssl enabled sites and minification of html, js and css codes.

Also, protects our site by hiding our original IP server and ddos attacks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We'd like to upgrade to their paid plans but it is so expensive and we think it is not worth it to the current state of our site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Free Tier is already fully featured, and it will improved your website security and speed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Website loading speeds up and better protection for our site from hackers and bots. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Cloudflare offers the best CDN I have tried. They have a massive cloud of cdn servers globally, that helps in speeding up your site to visitors from any part of the globe. It also has a very sophisticated DDOS protection. And also offers free ssl.

It also has some other options you can use to further the protection and speeding up of your site like Page Rules and Firewall rules. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Everything Cloudflare offers is something that helped me protect my site and speed it up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cloudflare offers more features that are very important compared to other CDN providers. Its free version is also way better than any other paid versions of other CDN providers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speeding up websites and protecting it from threats. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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