Need Page-load Speed? Your Secret Weapon is Here!

Let's face it, Google is obsessed with speed. But don't take my word for it, look here and here, too. So what can you do about it? Last week we came across an article noting a security product that "accidentally" makes web sites load 60% faster. We almost passed it by, until we saw that it arose from Project Honey Pot - which we had seen previously. In brief, Project Honey Pot is a project that studies how spammers and hackers operate, and applies that knowledge to defend against them. It turns out that in the process of studying security it was necessary to figure out how to really speed up page load times, so the security monitoring wouldn't slow down web sites they were monitoring. The result was CloudFlare. Five Minutes to Faster Page Loading CloudFlare is proud of their quick signup process. They show a video on the home page, and note that your signup will take less time than watching the video. The only thing you'll need is a way to notify your web hosting company of a change of two entries (your Domain Name Servers or DNS). Most commercial web hosts have a web-based control panel you can use to make these changes, and CloudFlare has a help page to guide you for many popular web hosting companies. If you use a content management system or blog system (like Drupal or WordPress) there may also be a CloudFlare plugin to help with configuration. Once you've created your CloudFlare account and notified your web host of DNS changes, it takes about 24 hours for the actual changes to take effect, then you're off to higher speeds - and while you're at it, much higher security, as well. There is a free plan, a Pro plan and an…

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