Cloudflare page rule for blazing site speed

Cloudflare page rule for blazing site speedCloudflare, even the free tier, improves my site speed and security – so much so that I use it for all my sites. The default settings boost site speed by global distributed caching of static content. Static content, by Cloudflare’s definition, excludes HTML. This makes sense for dynamic sites with frequent new posts and user comments. For my sites like this one, that have less frequent new posts and do not allow user comments or other dynamic content, I can dramatically increase site speed using a page rule.

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Cloudflare page rules for login security

Cloudflare page rules deserve to be much more widely known and used as a highly effective component of a layered brute force login defense. The Cloudflare free tier gives me three page rules, which is enough – just barely – for both login security and blazing site speed. Login security takes up two of the three rules, but does double duty by also bypassing the Cloudflare cache for the admin area. My Cloudflare page rules for login security block bad bots at the Cloudflare level, so they never even get to my site’s server, login screen, or admin area. A storm of brute force login bots – even if unsuccessful at logging in – could slow my site or bring down my site by tying up resources. These rules move all that resource burden off my site and onto Cloudflare.

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