How to make Magento 1.9 faster by integrating CloudFlare
Integrating a Content Delivery Network (CDN) with Magento 1.9 is one of the easiest ways to make your Magento store faster.
The following guide will detail how to make Magento 1.9 faster by integrating CloudFlare. The steps include the use of cPanel, though you can perform these particular steps using an alternative admin panel or via the command line
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Create a CloudFlare account
If you don’t have a CloudFlare account, create one and add a domain using this tutorial.
Create a subdomain
Using cPanel, create a subdomain for your CDN content and point it to your Magento install directory. Here my install is in public_html/magento.
You can call the subdomain anything you like but we recommend something similar to cdn for ease of recognition.
Create a CNAME record in CloudFlare’s DNS settings
Follow this guide to add a CNAME record in your CloudFlare dashboard, though instead of using “blog” use “cdn” or whatever subdomain you created in step 2, as below.
Review CloudFlare’s DNS settings
Check that the only record that has its traffic routed through CloudFlare’s servers is the one you created in step 3.
In the image below you can see that only the CNAME record cdn is passing through CloudFlare’s network, as indicated by the orange cloud.
If there are any other records that are passing through CloudFlare’s network, i.e. those that have an orange cloud, click on them and ensure they are grey and therefore no longer being passed through CloudFlare’s network.
Login to your Magento admin and navigate to System > Configuration
Click on the Web link under the General tab in the left hand menu.
i.e. enter as below but swap cdn.yourdomain.com for the subdomain you created in step 2
If your site also uses https, be sure to duplicate under the “Secure” tab
Clear your Magento cache by navigating to System > Cache Management > Flush Magento Cache
Your Magento 1.9 store’s static content should now be being served by CloudFlare and you should notice a performance improvement.