So, you have activated your Cloudflare account and wondering what to do to get maximum optimisation and security advantage from Cloudflare. Well, this guide will walk you through the best possible Cloudflare tweaks you have to make to boost your website performance and security.
This best recommended Cloudflare settings guide will assume that you already have an active Cloudflare account.
How To Activate Cloudflare
If you haven’t signed up with Cloudflare, you can log in to your cPanel account and search for Cloudflare; you will find Cloudflare under Software section. Click on the Cloudflare icon to sign up or login with your existing Cloudflare account.
You can also open a Cloudflare account by going Cloudflare website.
Best Recommended Cloudflare Settings in cPanel.
With our cPanel plugin, you have a limited yet necessary configuration to get you started.
Once you logged in to your Cloudflare account via cPanel, you will see navigation as seen in this below picture.
1. Always Online™
If your server goes down, Cloudflare will serve your website’s static pages from Cloudflare’s cache. Toggle this to On.
2. IPv6 Compatibility
Enable IPv6 support and gateway. Toggle this to On.
3. Caching Level
Determine how much of your website’s static content you want Cloudflare to cache. Increased caching can speed up page load time. Select Standard.
Accelerate the delivery of dynamic content. Toggle this to On.
5. Security Level
Adjust your website’s Security Level to determine which visitors will receive a challenge page. Select Medium.
6. Challenge Passage
Specify how long a visitor is allowed access to your website after completing a challenge. Select 30 Minutes.
7. Browser Integrity Check
Evaluate HTTP headers from your visitor’s browser for threats. If Cloudflare found a risk, then a block page will be delivered. Toggle this to On.
Encrypt communication to and from your website using SSL. Select Full Strict.
9. Auto Minify
10. Browser Cache Expiration
Determine the length of time Cloudflare instructs a visitor’s browser to cache files. During this period, the browser loads the content from its local cache, speeding up page loads. The longer is better here, choose the 1 Year.
These are the options available within the cPanel plugin. Now let’s open our Cloudflare account via Cloudflare Dashboard to tweak settings further.
Best Recommended Cloudflare Settings
Login to your Cloudflare dashboard and choose the domain name that we are going to optimise. We will skip some of the settings in the Cloudflare dashboard which we already changed through cPanel.
11. Always Use HTTPS
Redirect all requests with scheme “HTTP” to “HTTPS”. This change applies to all HTTP requests to the zone. Toggle this to On.
12. Onion Routing
Onion Routing allows routing traffic from legitimate users on the Tor network through Cloudflare’s onion services rather than exit nodes, thereby improving the privacy of the users and enabling more fine-grained protection. Toggle this to On.
13. Automatic HTTPS Rewrites
Automatic HTTPS Rewrites helps fix mixed content by changing “HTTP” to “HTTPS” for all resources or links on your website that can serve with HTTPS. Toggle this to On.
Speed up page load times for your visitor’s HTTPS traffic by applying Brotli compression. Toggle this to On.
15. Rocket Loader™
Scrape Shield Tab
16. Email Address Obfuscation
Display obfuscated email addresses on your website to prevent harvesting by bots and spammers, without visible changes to the address for human visitors. Toggle this to On.
17. Server-side Excludes
Automatically hide specific content from suspicious visitors. Toggle this to On.
With this comprehensive, proven Cloudflare performance and security settings tweak, we hope you will get the most benefit from Cloudflare.
If you have any questions about the Cloudflare settings, please leave them in the comments below, and we will answer them.