SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Setup CloudFlare on Your WordPress Site in 5 Minutes

We have just started evaluating CloudFlare but were unable to locate a simple setup instructions.  Below is our 12 minute video explaining:

  1. What CloudFlare does
  2. How to get it setup in just 5 minutes on WordPress
  3. What extra things (performance tweaking, SSL…) you will likely want to change

TOP 5 NEWBIE CLOUDFLARE SETUP Q&A:

These were my 5 questions to the CloudFlare Support Forum and my new best friend’s ‘SDAYMANs’ responses:

  1. Are there any known issues with GoDaddy hosted sites, being hooked into CloudFlare?
    1. No. Standard hosting at GoDaddy is compatible with Cloudflare.
  2. My site does not have SSL on GoDaddy so I should I make any changes to my SETTINGS > GENERAL > SITE ADDRESS or WORDPRESS ADDRESS to accomodate the SSL that CloudFlare provides?
    1. Don’t change those WordPress settings. Get the following plugin that’s compatible with Cloudflare’s Flexible SSL setting.
  3. Is there any configuration changes required to use the WP SUPER CACHE or JETPACK’s IMAGE CACHING (formerly PHOTON) on a WordPress site? Should they both just be disabled?
    1. I’d leave those plugins enabled. They work pretty well.
  4. Is there any value in using a CLOUDFLARE WordPress Plugin if I am using the FREE CloudFlare package?
    1. No need to add the official Cloudflare plugin. I do all my Cloudflare business from my Cloudflare dashboard.:  CloudFlare Flexible SSL
  5. When I surf to my site www.PartisanIssues.com/wp-admin to sign in, where will I be connecting to? It seems unlikely to be GoDaddy so how do I edit /add content after being setup on CloudFlare?
    1. You’re hitting the Cloudflare Proxy. Anything Cloudflare needs, it will grab from your GoDaddy server. WP-Admin activity gets passed through to your GoDaddy server where WordPress is installed.
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Comments

  1. Scott August 17, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Hi,

    If you already have an active GoDaddy SSL cert like me for a “Hosted WordPress” site (not plain regular hosting) on Go Daddy will that SSL Cert pass through Cloudflare or do you need to have GoDaddy shut off your paid SSL first and use Cloudflare’s SSL ?

    I run Ad Words and can’t afford break anything 😉

    Are there any other issues with GoDaddys “Hosted WordPress” product in conjunction with using Cloudflare that you know of.

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

    Scott

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews August 28, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Yes you can use CloudFlare if you have a cert already. URTech.ca has a GoDaddy cert and adding CloudFlare did not break it or my adverts 🙂

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