CloudFlare website caching

Canvas Host offers CloudFlare website caching as a free, pre-installed service on all shared and reseller hosting accounts. On request, we can install CloudFlare on your VPS or Dedicated Server that you host with us. Please read below for more information.

1. What is CloudFlare?

CloudFlare is a free service that helps speed up your website (as well as add an additional layer of security) by acting as a caching proxy between your website visitors and your Canvas Host hosting plan.

2. Can I use CloudFlare with my current hosting plan?

All regular Shared hosting plans will have the CloudFlare service available via cPanel. If it’s available, the CloudFlare icon will appear in the “Software/Services” area within your cPanel main page.

Please note that CloudFlare is *not* available for our PCI hosting clients at this time.

3. Will CloudFlare work with my SSL certificate?

We are currently *not* supporting CloudFlare’s service with SSL certificates.

4. How do I enable CloudFlare for my domain?

The CloudFlare icon is located in the “Software/Services” area on your cPanel page. Clicking on that will walk you through the process of signing up and enabling it for your domain(s).

5. How long does it take CloudFlare to start working?

When you enable it for your domain, you should see a message that says, “MESSAGE It worked! CloudFlare is being activated for your site. This will take up to 5 minutes. In the meantime, you can choose your CloudFlare Settings below.” That’s it!

6. Do I need to make any changes to my domain’s nameservers in order to use CloudFlare?

If you have signed up within your cPanel account, there is nothing more that needs to be done.

If you have signed up through CloudFlare themselves, you will need to make changes based on their instructions (advanced users).

7. How do I use CloudFlare Page Caching?

CloudFlare will allow you to make changes to CloudFlare’s settings to fit the needs of your own website. This includes cache policy, security and performance settings for a specific URL, and more. To learn how to use this feature, please see the following article.

Configuring CloudFlare

Full documentation is available at CloudFlare’s website.