Cloudways and Cloudflare Enterprise: No More Worries for Mission-Critical Websites

Cloudways and Cloudflare Enterprise: No More Worries for Mission-Critical Websites

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The All-New Cloudflare Enterprise Add-on for Faster and More Secure Hosting with Cloudways

Cloudways at a Glance

Founded in 2011, Cloudways offers five cloud servers to host your managed WordPress website. The company aims to help small businesses in a wide range of industries with their websites — freelancers, e-commerce stores or agencies. All plans include unlimited WordPress websites, 24/7 live chat support and free website migration.

Pricing depends on whether customers choose the standard or premium tier, and their cloud server of choice. The more you pay, the more storage, RAM and bandwidth you’ll receive.

Partnering With Cloudflare

They have announced their latest partnership with Cloudflare enterprise, that opens up enterprise-grade security and performance to agencies, web professionals, and SMBs of all sizes.

What are the Benefits of the Cloudflare Enterprise Add-on?

Enterprise-grade DDoS and firewall protection

The loss of customer confidence and revenue can be a devastating consequence of downtime for a company. But it’s one that’s easily prevented by Cloudflare’s enterprise-grade mitigation of DDoS attacks against layers 3, 4, & 7. This comes with reserved IPs for Cloudways whose traffic is routed and prioritized over all other traffic on the Cloudflare network. This is a feature you can’t find on any other free or paid Cloudflare plan.

WAF, an intelligent web application firewall, updates itself with the most recently discovered threats by analyzing 32 million requests per second and millions of websites. WAF identifies & blocks attackers at the edge before they reach your server. It also comes with firewall rules (including OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set) that allow us at Cloudways to make configurations specifically for the protection of your WordPress sites, Magento stores and more.

At the end, you get a managed intelligent firewall for your application with zero effort from your side. Combined with the free wildcard SSLs issued for your domains, you also achieve compliance with the latest PCI DSS 3.2 standards

Enterprise-grade CDN and performance

The Cloudflare Enterprise version of its CDN comes with dedicated IPs. Compared to the regular CDN traffic of the free or other paid plans on Cloudflare, it prioritizes routing to ensure maximum speed. In addition, Argo-tiered caching uses regional Tier 1 Cloudflare data centers to propagate content, which minimizes static content requests to your server and reduces costs. Tier 1 infrastructure is self-optimized, resilient, and non-disruptive to better serve enterprise level needs.

Polish and Mirage are additional performance enhancing features. Polish applies “lossless” image optimization on the fly to reduce image sizes by an average of 35%. Mirage automatically optimizes image loading through virtualized and lazy loaded images. It detects the browser type of a visitor and optimizes performance for the particular device, improving image performance on a mobile connection.

What Does the Pricing Look Like?

At a starting price of $4.99 per domain, cost should not be a barrier for users to join. In addition, they’ve introduced volume discounts that drop the price down to $1.99 per domain, meaning your costs can remain low even if you activate the add-on for hundreds of applications. Agencies and developers will find that upselling this feature to end-customers can generate healthy recurring revenue.

Management features

Caching mode — You are able to easily enable and disable cache with a click. You might need to bypass the cached content saved on the CDN, to quickly check if your recent design changes look good on the live website.

Purge cache — You don’t have to wait for the CDN’s predetermined cache expiry time to push your website changes to visitors. As soon as you purge your cache, your updated content is served and the CDN will cache a fresh copy from your site’s hosting server.

Transfer CDN — Imagine you are building from scratch a new website for an existing hosting at Cloudways with Cloudflare Enterprise on. When you are ready to go live, you can simply transfer Cloudflare Enterprise from the old application to the new, without the need to change DNS records and IPs.

Coming soon: the full page cache — At the moment, our add-on offers static cache by default (website images, CSS, Javascript, etc). For WooCommerce and WordPress, they are working on releasing caching of dynamic pages (eg. cart or checkout) in future, so you will have more control over page rules, and dynamic content is served faster and accurately.

Cloudflare Enterprise Network

The Cloudflare Enterprise plan is for mission-critical applications that are core to your business. By integrating Cloudflare Enterprise Network with your application, you gain access to 200+ unique locations for Global Content Delivery Network, an intelligent website firewall, and many performances and security features. Whether you are a small, medium, or large-sized business, the Enterprise plan is the right choice for you.

  • Enterprise DDOS Protection
  • Enterprise Global Content Delivery Network
  • Managed Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Image Optimization
  • Automatic Mobile Page Speed Optimization
  • Argo Tiered Caching
  • HTTP3 Support
  • Reserved IPs for Cloudways Customers.
  • Brotli Compression
  • PCI DSS Compliance

How to Integrate Cloudflare

You can integrate Cloudflare Enterprise Network regardless of whether you are an existing customer with websites hosted on Cloudways or a new customer moving your websites to Cloudways.

Please select which type closely relates to you as steps vary depending on it:

  1. Existing websites hosted on Cloudways
  2. New websites to be hosted on Cloudways

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