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Can I use Cloudflare on Flywheel?

Yes! Cloudflare is fully compatible with all Flywheel sites, so if you’d like to take advantage of Cloudflare’s features, you can do so quickly and easily, thanks to their simple setup.

Cloudflare is a third-party service that acts as a go-between from your site’s server to your users. Cloudflare adds various features related to speed, security and performance along the way. Both free and paid plans are available, but some features are restricted to paid tiers.

Cloudflare works by routing traffic to your site through their servers, adding extra features along the way. To use Cloudflare, you switch your domain to their name servers, which makes Cloudflare the source for your domain’s DNS records and details. So traffic will go to Cloudflare on its way to your site’s server, and you’ll set up your DNS records in Cloudflare’s dashboard rather than through your registrar, as we otherwise recommend.

There are a few reasons you might want to use Cloudflare: if your registrar doesn’t have name servers for you to use; if you’re interested in a higher level of caching and/or security; or if you need an easy SSL solution for allowing HTTPS connections to a secondary domain on your site, for example.

Be sure to check out our guide to getting started with Cloudflare on Flywheel for details on how to get Cloudflare set up.

Note

For safest compatibility with Flywheel, we generally recommend the “flexible” SSL option in the Crypto section of the Cloudflare dashboard. When SSL is installed on Flywheel, “Full” and “Full (strict)” are viable options as well. For more details on these settings, see this Cloudflare support guide.

We do not recommend enabling Cloudflare’s “Always Use HTTPS” setting, and instead recommend using “Force HTTPS” in the Advanced tab of the Flywheel dashboard.

Another note: Cloudflare caches content fairly aggressively, which can cause delays in new content showing, so we recommend enabling their Development Mode setting when making changes to your site. It may also be helpful to install the Cloudflare plugin to manage Cloudflare’s caching of your site.

Finally, note that Cloudflare acts as a reverse proxy, which means that when using Cloudflare, DNS detection tools such as our DNS Health Checker won’t provide accurate results.

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