More Speed with a CDN

I spent some time this weekend setting up the free version of Cloudflare’s CDN (content delivery network) on all of my websites. I had tried it a few times previously and every time it was activated it stopped my sites from loading. After revisiting it yesterday I was able to get it working, and have noticed a significant increase in site loading time.

There still seem to be a few issues I still have to work out, however. The first is how it works with SSL certificates, which I have set up to automatically redirect non-secure sites to the site with a secure HTTPS protocol (hence the green lock next to my URL).

What was happening initially was if you typed in “,” it would redirect to “,” then “, “then finally to “” All of this would happen relatively quickly and you wouldn’t notice anything happening on the front-end, but it’s still a problem.

I got a message that Cloudflare requires “www,” so in order to cut down on redirects so I could still use it, I just changed my site to use “www” in the beginning so it stops at the third one. Not an ideal solution but a “good enough” fix for now.

The second issue is with browser cache and other functions to increase loading speed (minifying HTML, CSS, JS, etc.). I now can’t get any caching plugin to work properly, so I have to figure that out as soon as possible. If all else fails, I’ll send an email to SiteGround support to help.

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