CloudFlare Railgun FAQ

by | Oct 18, 2018 | Cloudflare | 0 comments

Read the most frequently asked questions on our new offering, Cloudflare Railgun. Cloudflare Railgun is the latest FREE technology we integrated worth $200 per month per domain.

What is Railgun?

Railgun is a WAN optimisation technology that we offer our hosting customers in partnership with Cloudflare.

Cloudflare’s Railgun technology dramatically accelerates the delivery of non-cached pages. Whereas Cloudflare automatically caches 65% of the resources required to make up a page, 35% will be still unable to cache. As a result, these dynamically generated or marked as ‘do not cache’ resources can’t cache.

That 35% is often the initial HTML of the page. And that has to be downloaded first. Cloudflare Railgun speeds this remaining 35%.

What are the benefits of Railgun?

Websites running Railgun show a 143% improvement in HTML load times and a 90% decrease in Time To First Byte (TTFB) responses.

How does Railgun work?

Railgun opens a secure, tunnelled connection between the Cloudflare network and Host My Website Online’s origin server where the link only sends differences from the last request. This technique is similar to how video encoding works.

The markup of websites does not change that frequently from one request to the next. Instead of transferring the entire request between Cloudflare and the origin server, Railgun will carry only the changes in markup from one request to the next. This process will cut down on bandwidth, transfer time, and overall page load times. Railgun caches these differences in memory to make page processing as fast as possible.

What kind of sites can use Railgun?

Any website can benefit from the performance improvements Railgun offers, especially dynamic sites.

What much does Railgun cost?

We have partnered with Cloudflare to make Railgun both accessible and affordable. If you purchase Railgun directly through Cloudflare, it costs $200/month per domain. However, we have partnered with Cloudflare, and we are offering Railgun to our customers for FREE.

How do I enable Railgun on my site?

Enabling Railgun is a click away, please read our 17 Recommended Cloudflare Settings to Boost Website Performance

What if I’m having issues enabling Railgun?

If you experience issues when enabling Railgun, please contact us.

I’m not a CloudFlare customer, can I still use Railgun?

No. You need to be a Cloudflare customer to use Railgun.

I’m seeing an error on my site and I think Railgun is causing it, what should I do?

If you are using Railgun via cPanel, you can turn it off directly from your control panel. Otherwise, log into your Cloudflare account, go to Speed and turn Railgun off from there. Please file a support ticket with a detailed description, if you need additional support from us.

Please Note: We have temporarily stopped offering Cloudflare Railgun.

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By Jafar Muhammed

Jafar Muhammed is an advocate of the open web, an open source contributor, passionate to bring more people online. He is the CEO of Threadly Store LLP, the parent company of Host My Website Online.

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