October 8, 2015 James

Making Websites Faster With Cloudflare

About a year ago, I wrote about the importance of page speed for website users and for search engine optimization. Lately I’ve been designing a lot of sites and using a variety of new techniques to boost speed further. Here’s the latest GT Metrix report for this site:

new-page-speed

Page load time has reduced from 3.5s to just 0.9s and page speed score is up to 98%. This has been achieved via several plugins for Word Press (the software this site runs on) and the use of Cloudflare Content Delivery Network. Cloudflare is free to use (unless you upgrade to a more premium account version) and it optimizes the delivery of your web pages so that visitors get much quicker load times. To read more on how it works, please visit their website – https://www.cloudflare.com/overview. It’s extremely easy to set up, just create your account and then change your domain name servers to point to Cloudflare. Cloudflare then sits between your domain name and your webhosting package, boosting your website performance and also screening out threats.

Cloudflare has a variety of additional functions even with the free user account level, such as minification of javacript, CSS and HTML.