Speed Up WordPress With CloudFlare. This guide is for WordPress users who are using WP Super Cache as WP Super Cache has no way to use it unlike W3 Total Cache. If you are using W3 Total Cache, you can follow W3 Total Cache Setup with CloudFlare and CDN guide, which has been officially mentioned by the plugin developer on the Plugin’s Other Notes page.
How CloudFlare can Speed Up WordPress
Basically you need to sign up for CloudFlare account (free or premium) for using this way to Speed Up WordPress. You need to change the default name-server with CloudFlare’s one. To do this, first add your website in CloudFlare account, it will analyze your name-server and in the second step, you will be offered a new set of name-server. For example, if your NS were :
You need to add them individually by selecting NS from dropdown :
stabletransit belogs to Rackspace and it itself is a Cloud DNS, there is probably no need to use in this case to Speed Up WordPress, however, as we do not have any other NS at hand, we have used this in this guide to Speed Up WordPress. In other words, do not criticize the stabletransit part. Take it as just another name server set.Advertisement
So you got a new set of NS, login to your Domain’s account and change the NS set with those provided by CloudFlare. As we are using everything on Cloud on our setup, basically I am writing this guide to Speed Up WordPress and doing in real time. Unlike those grandfather’s age NS, these will take few minutes to change and revert back.
You can check the propagation from whatsmydns.net for progress. Also, CloudFlare will send e-mail when its ready. You will get a dropdown option saying settings beside the domain name in your CloudFlare account :
You need to click that CloudFlare Settings link from the dropdown. You will arrive in to a nice page with lot of settings.
Setup to Speed Up WordPress part 2
The first part to Speed Up WordPress is done, now we will need to install CloudFlare WordPress Plugin. Simply go to Plugin > Add new from your WordPress setup and search with CloudFlare WordPress Plugin. You will get it in first result and install it. Since CloudFlare acts a reverse proxy, this is needed to ensure you have no change to your originating IPs. Setup is very easy, just fill the fields with the needed data.
And yes, the colorful website is loading within 844ms :