Aside from a slow website being annoying in this day and age it’s actually a liability as Google will rank your site lower than faster ones.
Recently we’ve partnered with both Cloudflare and Let’s Encrypt so that all of our shared hosting customers have access to Free SSL certificates and the Pro version of Cloudflare (not just the free version). It’s important to note that the Pro version of Cloudflare is in our view 100% necessary to achieve the desired result, here’s why:
- Image Optimization – Dramatically reduces site load times (more)
- Mobile Optimization – Google ranks sites that do this higer (more)
- SSL Support – A must have for exceptional SEO results & ecommerce applications (more)
- Web Application Firewall & OWASP ModSecurity (more)
Here’s a simple table of all the benefits you receive with you use CloudFlare Pro (for FREE with DynamicHosting.ca).
|Static Content Caching|
|IPv4 / IPv6|
|Always Online||Weekly||3 Days||3 Days||Daily|
|Comment Spam Protection|
|Content Scraping Protection|
|Block by IP Range|
|Basic DDoS Protection|
|Web Application Firewall|
|Analytics Updates||Daily||15 Minutes||15 Minutes||15 Minutes|
(USD per month)
|Free||$15-$20||$25 USD||$250 USD|
You can compare all the plans on the Cloudflare site: here
Using this technique we’ve helped 100’s of customers increase the speed of their sites and achieve better Google Rankings as a result. We even found doing this helped us get on the first page of Google for Canadian Web Hosting and this is how we did it. This was how GTMetrix ranked our site before we started using Cloudflare & Let’s Encrypt:
And this is how we rank now!