Add Your Website to Cloudflare For Free

Screenshot of Cloudflare Dash management console, showing categories on the left side, information on the middle, and options and general information of website on the right side

Today’s web is more connected than ever, your visitors might be global, from around the world. They desire a fast and low-latency access to your website.

If you have a personal website, why not adding your website to Cloudflare? It has plenty of benefits and the best thing is you can get some of them on the free plan.

Among the benefits that your website can get for free:

  1. Universal SSL: If your website hosting service provider does not provide a free TLS certificate (this should not happen in 2023, but some still milking the money from a paid TLS certificate), you can get an Universal TLS for your website.
  2. DNSSEC: Domain Name System Security Extensions is a part of Domain Name System (DNS) that ensures your DNS request is authenticated. DNSSEC provides authentication and data integrity for your domain name.
  3. IPv6: Many hosting service providers are now deploying IPv6 for their customers, but some are still stuck or uninterested to deploy it (stuck with IPv4 means your website is not ready for the hypothetical IPv6-only internet). Do not be a latecomer when it comes to Internet Protocol because you can easily enable IPv6 support with Cloudflare!
  4. DDoS protection: Cloudflare provides integrated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection even with the free plan.

How to get started with Cloudflare?

You must register an account on Cloudflare and then login to Cloudflare Dash, a management console that you will use to manage your website.

Start by clicking “Add a Site”, you will be presented with a form box. Enter your website domain.

Then, Cloudflare will present a DNS management window. Vulcan suggests you to double-check that entries with the DNS records entries in your hosting configuration panel.

DNS management window during Cloudflare setup (source: Author)

Use the Search DNS Records search box to add missing records, especially for A, AAAA, and CNAME records.

Finally, you must copy the provided nameservers and replace the existing nameservers of your hosting provider with those Cloudflare nameservers. This process might takes a while (up to a day for some hosting providers, but Vulcan just need to wait 10 minutes).

You will receive an email from Cloudflare if your website is successfully added.

You can also check the nameservers by using nslookup command (source: Author)

Next time, Vulcan will write about how to add DNSSEC to your website with Cloudflare.

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