CloudFlare: How To Enable CloudFlare
CloudFlare integration enables websites to harness the power of the CloudFlare network to deliver the best possible performance, and to provide enhanced security and protection from attackers. CloudFlare also generates in-depth stats and threat analysis. There is a few ways to activate the service, depending on which of our control panel softwares you are using.
Installing CloudFlare Via SiteAdmin
1) You will log into the SiteAdmin for the website that you wish to have the CloudFlare service enabled for. Once logged into the SiteAdmin scroll down to the “Software / Services” section and select the CloudFlare icon.
2) Enter a email address that you wish to use for CloudFlare. This address will be used as the main login username on the CloudFlare website, where you can view advanced information about what is occurring on your domain.
3) Place a check mark in the box accepting the terms of service and click Create Account
4) If you already have a CloudFlare account created with the email address you are trying to use, you will encounter an error and you will be asked to enter the password for the CloudFlare panel. If you do not know this password you can request a reset via the forgot password link.
5) If the email address wasn’t already used, clicking Create Account will do just that, in that it will create the account on CloudFlare.com for you. You will receive an email with some details of the new service you activated.
6) You can now simply select the Activate button and it will fetch your DNS zones and make the necessary adjustments to configure CloudFlare for use on your domain.
You’ll get a couple of emails from CloudFlare – one to confirm that your account has been set up, and another to confirm that the site has been added. Please note that until the second email arrives, the domain hasn’t been added to the account, so it won’t appear when logging into CloudFlare. No further action is required; after a few minutes the website will appear in the account.
Thats it, your domain is now fully configured for CloudFlare service!
Installing CloudFlare Via cPanel
To enable it, log into cPanel (http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel), and click on the CloudFlare icon in the ‘Software/Services’ section. The icon to click on resembles this one :
In order to use CloudFlare services, a CloudFlare account is required. To create one, just enter your email address into the ‘Your Email’ field and click ‘Signup Now!’. If you already have a CloudFlare account, enter the email address for the account into the Your Email field, click ‘Signup Now!’ and a login box will appear:
Once you’re logged in, CloudFlare can be activated for the site by clicking the cloud icon next to the domain. The icon will first be grey, and then turn orange when activated. They will look like the following 2 icons :
It’ll take a few seconds to activate, but once the grey cloud goes orange that’s it – there’s no further action required. All the required changes, including DNS, are handled automatically. You’ll get a couple of emails from CloudFlare – one to confirm that your account has been set up, and another to confirm that the site has been added. Please note that until the second email arrives, the domain hasn’t been added to the account, so it won’t appear when logging into CloudFlare. No further action is required; after a few minutes the website will appear in the account.
Installing CloudFlare Via Their Website
If you would like to setup CloudFlare manually using the CloudFlare website you can follow the tutorial in this article.
1) Visit CloudFlare and create an account.
4) Check your DNS entries and ensure that all the records you need are included. If you see any missing ones, you can add them at the bottom of the page. Once done, click the “I’ve added all missing records, continue” button.
That’s it! Please keep in mind that it can take time for the DNS name server changes to be picked up by CloudFlare. If CloudFlare does not pick up the changes right away, you can request that they “re-test” the account from the websites tab of your CloudFlare account.