Cloudflare’s Business plan costs 10x more than their Pro plan so the question that some folks ask is whether Cloudflare’s Business plan is worth it? I’ve been a Cloudflare customer for 11yrs now and a Cloudflare Community MVP for 5yrs and have used all Cloudflare plans – Free, Pro, Business and Enterprise. This article outlines the benefits from my own usage experiences.
CDN provider Akamai has announced that it has acquired Linode an IaaS cloud hosting provider for $900 million. I’ve been using Linode since 2014 and have grown to love their resilient offerings and loved their independent bootstrap origins so the news took me back a bit. However, I am also excited to see what Akamai can bring to the table. This blog post is for my thoughts (wishlist) on this acquisition.
Senior Google engineer Rick Viscomi has released a new HTTP Archive Core Web Vitals Technology report dashboard for Google Datastudio New dashboard: the Core Web Vitals technology report. You can see how respective web technology based sites are doing collectively for Google Core Web Vital metrics.
During Cloudflare Speed Week 2021, Cloudflare announced Cloudflare Automatic Signed Exchanges (SXGs) which improve page load speed and Google Core Web Vital metrics like Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) by allowing Cloudflare to serve up a signed cached version of your web page to Google search engine crawler which can then prefetch the cached version to their own local cache and to the visitor’s web browser local cache.
Centmin Mod uses Neil Pang’s acme.sh client as the underlying tool to issue and obtain free Letsencrypt certificates for Nginx HTTPS auto created sites. The acme.sh client has added support for other free ACME protocol compatible CA SSL providers like Buypass (BuyPass Go SSL) and ZeroSSL. This guide shows how you can switch over from Letsencrypt to using ZeroSSL SSL certificates which uses Sectigo (Comodo) certificates and supports free wildcard SSL certificates and doesn’t have any rate limiting for SSL certificate issuance.
On September 30, 2021, Letsencrypt’s DST Root CA X3 cross-sign (by IdentTrust) root certificate expired and was replaced with Letsencrypt’s own ISRG Root X1 CA root certificate. I’ll outline how Centmin Mod LEMP stack handled the Letsencrypt’s DST Root CA X3 certificate expiration for CentOS 7.x operating systems.
Cloudflare Domain Registrar is a privacy focused no markup price domain registrar provider which can reduce your domain renewal costs significantly. However, a requirement is that you use their Cloudflare nameservers and have onboarded your domain(s) to their service first. This guide will show how you can bulk domain transfer many domains including onboarding to Cloudflare service and nameservers.
Cloudflare Registrar is a cost price domain registrar offering cheap domain transfers and registrations. However, at one point you may need to transfer many domains out of Cloudflare Registrar to another registrar – offering discount domain transfer pricing or specials. This guide will show you how to bulk transfer out the domains via Cloudflare Registrar API via command line or scripting.
Cloudflare Argo Tunnel allows you to expose your web server to the internet without having to open routes in your firewall or setup dedicated routes. This guide will outline how you can setup Cloudflare Argo Tunnel for private encrypted HTTP/2 connection to your origin web server or web application on CentOS 7 for Centmin Mod LEMP stack users.