July 27, 2011 5:04PM
Rejected CloudFlare Logos
Early in CloudFlare's history we realized we needed a logo. Years before we started CloudFlare, I'd met Lindon Leader at a Chamber of Commerce event in Park City, Utah. Lindon is probably one of the leading brand identity designers of the last 50 years....
July 27, 2011 1:35AM
At the Risk of Tooting Our Own Horn...
Kevin, the visual designer who recently joined CloudFlare's team, pulled together this graph the other day. Even having lived through the last 10 months, it's still incredible to see them represented here....
July 22, 2011 9:33PM
SSL on Custom Domains for AppEngine and Other Cloud Services
Note: this post is deprecated. While it worked for a while, AppEngine made a change on their side that caused it to break. Rather than playing wack-a-mole with a brittle solution, we decided to create something that would work for the long term and across a wider range or services....
July 20, 2011 7:12PM
Breaking the Cycle of Malware
Google did something terrific yesterday. They began notifying users with a certain kind of malware running on their PCs that they had a problem and linked them to tools to help clean it up. While it is currently limited, we think this is an important step by Google....
July 14, 2011 11:27PM
The Folly of Charging by Bandwidth
Back in 1992, I was part of a small team of students at Trinity College that helped build what turned out to be one of the first, if not the first, online-only magazines. It was an evolution of an email newsletter, the brain child of Peter Adams and Paul Tesco, called the Trincoll Journal....
July 12, 2011 5:59PM
Last September, CloudFlare launched and our world turned upside down. It turns out that webmasters worldwide had been waiting for a way to make their sites twice as fast and protect them from online threats. And, it turned out, if you give web admins a simple, easy-to-use interface......
July 08, 2011 10:35PM
Understanding Analytics: When Is a Page View Not a Page View?
CloudFlare provides a unique view into the traffic data for the sites that use our service. Since all traffic to those sites pass through our network, we log these requests. In a typical minute, we'll generate several millions of log lines representing all the traffic to sites on our network....
June 26, 2011 11:04PM
CloudFlare Supports Swedish Teenage Hacker!
In June we had planned on releasing a new web app every business day. When we got to the start of this last week, however, we realized that we had gotten ahead of our app developer partners and no one would be ready in time to release....
June 26, 2011 7:45AM
On LulzSec, Censorship & CloudFlare
Freedom of Speech
Thursday, June 2, 2011 was an otherwise unremarkable day in our office until we got word that LulzSecurity.com, a site that had quietly registered for CloudFlare earlier the same day, had allegedly published information it obtained from hacking the Sony Pictures' website....
June 25, 2011 11:56PM
CloudFlare and SEO
In April 2010, around the time we launched the CloudFlare private beta to a limited set of test users, Google announced that they were going to start taking site speed into account in their rankings....
June 25, 2011 2:00AM
1 Billion Served (Every Day)
Life @ Cloudflare
About 8 months ago I posted a blog post about how CloudFlare had served 1 billion requests that month. It was quite a milestone for our young startup. This week we crossed a new milestone: now serving more than 1 billion requests every day....
June 19, 2011 12:35AM
An All New (and Improved) AutoMinify
Speed & Reliability
We turned on AutoMinify as a beta feature a while ago, but we weren't particularly happy with it. Originally, we did it the same way everyone else does: we'd request the resource from the origin, serve it unminified on the first load, cache it, and then......
June 17, 2011 6:46PM
CloudFlare's Singapore Data Center Now Online
The Merlion is a symbol of Singapore. The fish with a head of a lion guards the port of Singapore as a gateway to south Asia. We're excited to announce that CloudFlare now joins the Merlion in protecting the region. Late last night we turned on our Singapore data center....
June 16, 2011 9:43PM
June 14, 2011 4:25AM
Everything Starts Somewhere
Life @ Cloudflare
This evening, as I went to get some pictures off my camera, I came across these photos from almost a year ago I don't remember taking. They're from the early days of CloudFlare. In the next few weeks we'll welcome our 20th employee....
June 14, 2011 2:22AM
Frankfurt Data Center Makes 11!
Frankfurt has been known for its business center, its techno music, and, well, its frankfurters. Now add another item to the list: CloudFlare's newest data center! Frankfurt turns CloudFlare's dance music volume past 10 to 11 data centers worldwide....
June 10, 2011 9:44PM
App a Day #8 - Clicky Real-Time Analytics for Your Website
With Clicky enabled, you will understand where your visitors are coming from and how they interact with your site. Accurate logs of every visitor and click on your website, combined with advanced segmentation and analysis tools, help you control the destiny of your website....
June 09, 2011 11:59PM
How CloudFlare Rocket Loader Redefines the Modern CDN
At CloudFlare, we built our own CDN from the ground up. We used the latest technologies like solid state drives for screaming I/O and Anycast routing and geo load balancing to make it as fast and efficient as possible....
May 21, 2011 12:13AM
Alert the Ewings! CloudFlare's Dallas Data Center Now Live!
Some people from Texas were confused when we said we brought up our data center in Paris. They thought we meant Paris, Texas, not Paris, France. We wanted to end that confusion as quickly as possible, so we're turning on the Dallas (Texas) data center too....
May 21, 2011 12:06AM
Ohh La La! CloudFlare Paris Data Center Goes Live!
It was croissants, brie, and crêpes around the CloudFlare office today as our Paris data center went live. Paris joins Amsterdam as CloudFlare's second European data center. Amsterdam has traditionally been our busiest data center....