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How to integrate CloudFlare with WordPress


You’ve probably already heard of CloudFlare. They are a very popular Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider, offering plans on a freemium basis. In the guide below I’ll explain how to integrate CloudFlare with WordPress.

The benefits of using a CDN have previously been discussed in our how to improve WordPress speed blog. In summary, a CDN enables you to take some strain off your server by delivering your static content from a CloudFlare server closest to your end user.

Create a CloudFlare account

If you don’t have a CloudFlare account, create one here and add a domain using this tutorial

Install the CloudFlare for WordPress plugin

If you’ve not installed a WordPress plugin before, please follow this guide detailing how to install a WordPress plugin

Login to your WordPress dashboard, go to the plugins section, search for ‘CloudFlare’, and then install and activate the CloudFlare plugin.


Launch the CloudFlare plugin

Now that you have installed and activated the CloudFlare plugin, you can go ahead and configure it

Click on the “Settings” link on the WordPress dashboard and then click the CloudFlare link


Enter CloudFlare credentials

Enter your email address and your CloudFlare API key

You can find your API key by following this guide


Apply CloudFlare settings

Click the “Apply” button in the Apply default settings section

Turn Automatic Full Cache Management on in order to enable a purge of cache when you update your site.

enable cloudflare_wordpress_plugin


Your WordPress site is now connected to CloudFlare and using optimal settings.

Did you know…

At Clook, one of our specialisms is providing WordPress hosting, if you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with us.

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Will's our technical sales guy from the hills of Rossendale. In his spare time he can be found designing and building websites, or doing a spot of DIY!

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