Screencast Tuesday: Using CloudFlare with WordPress to Speed up Load Times

Speed is all the rage these days….Speed as in websites!! Everyone wants a fast loading site. They want their visitors to get the content as fast as possible. And no matter what type of hosting account you have, there’s always ways you can do to improve the speed of your site. And today’s screencast is going to just that.

CloudFlare, is a free (and paid!) service that can significantly speed up your website. It’s actually very easy to setup, and with a few of my tricks, you should be up and running in no time. Anyways, take 10 minutes (really 10:32) and see what my secrets are!

And if you are already using CloudFlare, if you have some setting combinations that you’ve tried, we’d love to hear them!! Leave them in the comments below!

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14 Responses

  1. I used this for a while, but I couldn’t get my sub domains to work so I removed it. I’ll try again with this guide.

    •  @theycallmeshawn Not sure why it wouldn’t work on sub domains. My guess is that your domain (example.com) also needs to be pointed to CloudFlare’s DNS servers. I’m not a DNS expert, but you might want to contact CloudFlare’s support and see what they recommend for putting sub domains on CloudFlare but keeping your main domain somewhere else.

    •  @theycallmeshawn Why couldn’t you get your subdomains work? It should be fine as long as you have them added in your DNS zone file (settings->DNS settings).

      •  @CloudFlare I don’t know.  The ones that I had added prior to installing cloudflare seemed to work just fine but then I added new ones through my dreamhost panel and they didn’t work.  I tried adding them and following the FAQ on subdomains and couldn’t get them to work.  So I removed it.  I just re-installed it today so I’ll try adding a subdomain now.

  2. I’ve been really frustrated by the load times of my wordpress websites. They’re on a VPS, and I increase the memory but to no avail. I’ll give this a shot and see if it helps speed them up.

  3. Headway, it would be really cool if at some stage, you could make the visual editor work with Cloudflare. Our site is a media channel , so we are constantly updating it, meaning that I have to turn the caching off every day to make updates to design, functionality, new pages etc. I have tried putting http:///?visual_editor* in the page rules, but it actually crashes the site as this rule gets activated 4 times for every page load on the site and it ends up overloading our servers and giving a 502 error. Can you please make this a priority for future releases.

    The other reason that turning the Cloudflare caching off is a problem is that it increases server load dramatically and on the high traffic days, we can’t do updates without adding more webserver instances to balance out the load.

    A solution to this would be very much appreciated.

    • Hey Shaa,

      Thanks for the feedback!

      There were some changes that should’ve improved this in Headway 3.8.3. Specifically, we added no-cache headers to the Visual Editor.

      If you’re still having trouble with CloudFlare and 3.8.3 please let us know and I’d be happy to look into this more.

  4. I’ve been really frustrated by the load times of my wordpress websites. They’re on a VPS, and I increase the memory but to no avail. I’ll give this a shot and see if it helps speed them up.

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