Cloudflare free vs Paid: What is best for You

Most of us used Cloudflare in our blogging carrier for DNS or to improve the speed of the website(CDN) or WAF.

It is well known for all of us Cloudflare use to offer Free and Paid to its users across the globe. So, in this article, we are going to review Cloudflare’s free and paid plans. We will also compare Cloudflare’s free vs paid plan.

What is CDN?

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CDN stands for Content Distribution Network. It refers to the geographically distributed group of servers that work together to provide fast delivery of Internet content.

Let’s talk with the example:

You have a visitor located in Patna (Bihar India) and the server is located in Banglore. Then, the time taken by the user to open your website hosted in cloudwaysSiteground, Microhost solution is 3s. If you connect your website with a BunnyCDNBlazingCDN like CDN Networks, Then, the website will load in less than 1s. So, this high speed of data transfer will help you to grow in the SERP as Google makes Core Web Vitals a mandatory factor of SEO.

It helps you to transfer the static assets of your website from your Server to your Local Computer at a very rapid scale. The assets include HTML pages, javascript files, stylesheets, images, and videos.

CDN also helps to secure your web server from the DDOS attack through the origin shield.

Is a CDN the same as a web host?

For the majority of our minds, this simple question always arises and the answer to this question is No.

Basically, CDN uses to store a static portion of the website as they are not able to connect with the mother database of your website. This database base connection only happens when a human or bot loads your website in the browser.

What are the benefits of using a CDN?

The benefit of the CDN uses vary from project to Project. While we have categorized the whole benefits of the CDN into four parts. This four-part are discussed below in a very detailed manner:

  1. Webpage Loading Speed: It is the basic and most important function of a CDN. It enhances the user experience by By distributing content closer to website visitors by using a nearby CDN server (among other optimizations), visitors experience faster page loading times. 
  2. More financially sustaining: It helps you decrease the maintenance cost of the server by decreasing the bandwidth cost as well as the processing power of the CDN.
  3. Increasing content availability and redundancy: Many of our servers use face hardware failure that causes unavailability of your website to your users.
  4. Security: Content Distribution Network helps you to secure your website from DDOS websites by mitigations.

What is Cloudflare?

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Cloudflare is a global network designed to make everything you connect to the Internet secure, private, fast, and reliable.

  • Secure your websites, APIs, and Internet applications.
  • Protect corporate networks, employees, and devices.
  • Write and deploy code that runs on the network edge.

How Cloudflare is different from other CDN?

Cloudflare is primarily a DNS provider that used to offer WAF and CDN as a free add-on to its users. It uses to offer reverse-proxy architecture to enable these features while others like BunnyCDN use to offer end to end services to accelerate the speed of the website.

Here’s the image that will illustrate in the detailed form:

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Cloudflare Plans:

In this section, we are going to review the Cloudflare plans. It will also include a detailed side by side comparison like Free vs Paid, Free vs enterprise Cloudflare plans. Let’s start the discussion:

Free:

Cloudflare use to offer $0 (free) plan for life. It includes access to its 250+ POPs and access to the DNS with zero TTL.

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The paid plan of Cloudflare includes the features like Railgun, lossless image optimization, DNS protection and many more. The latency or TTFB you get at the paid plan of Cloudflare is much better in comparison with the free plan of Cloudflare.

Here’s an image of the latency you can expect from a paid plan with respect to the free plan.

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The left-hand image contains the TTFB and latency acquired through the free plan of Cloudflare while the right-hand side image reflects Cloudflare’s enterprise plan.

Free vs Paid Cloudflare Plan

Here’s the side by side comparison of the free and paid plan of Cloudflare. in this comparison, we are going to compare the free plan vs the enterprise plan of Cloudflare. Let’s start the detailed comparison:

Features (Globally)Free PlanPaid (Enterprise Plan)
CDN250+POPs250+POPs
Average DNS Latency20ms12ms
Average TTFB800 ms150ms
Image OptimizationNoneFree
Accelerated Mobile PagesNoneFree
Network PrioritizationNoneFree

How to get Cloudflare Enterprise for Free?

Many of the hosting providers across the globe have partnered with Cloudflare to give Cloudflare enterprise it for free or at a very minimal cost. So, some of the hosting providers are listed below:

Rocket.net

Rocket.net has partnered with Cloudflare to offer its enterprise plan for free. The plans for the rocket.net hosting solution used to start from $25 per month while you can test them with $1 for the first month.

Cloudways:

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Cloudways has partnered with cloudways to offer the Cloudflare enterprise plan at a very minimal cost. The plans of Cloudflare use to start from $10 for a 1GB Ram server and the enterprise plan comes as an addon which use to cost $4.99 per month for 100 GB of bandwidth while it can go up to $2 for 100GB of bandwidth if you guys have more than 25 websites.