24
Feb
2015

Cloudflare performance increase?

I am using CloudFlare as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to help distribute traffic across the planet. This helps my site be faster in further away regions and also reduces the load on the server by handling some requests for me. This also reduces the bandwidth needed for the site.

I used Pingdom as a simple tool to measure access time of the site. This is what I got after a couple of runs:

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82/100 at 833ms is pretty good! I turned off CloudFlare caching and this is what I got:

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My score dropped to 71/100 and load time increased significantly to 1.69 seconds. Here is a Munin graph of the activity:

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As you can see, a lot of bandwidth is used by disabling CloudFlare during the stress test.

I can conclude that it definitely helps to have a CDN such as CloudFlare to accelerate your site and help keep it online!

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